Jumat, 15 Agustus 2008

Early adopters waited in lines overnight to buy Apples first-generation iPhone when it became available. And now theyre looking for ways to swap it for Apples latest iPhone 3G with GPS capability.

David Chen, founder of NextWorth Solutions in Massachusetts, is ready to buy the old iPhones for as much as the new iPhone 3G costs while also helping the environment. "There is a huge demand for the first-generation iPhones because the battery for the older iPhones is stronger," Chen told us.

And for those who arent comfortable selling their iPhones online, NextWorth has partnered with retailers, including Circuit City, to take old iPhones in exchange for store credit. Other retailers include Tweeter, J&R Music, and Computer World.

"We are in 51 Circuit City stores and are trying to roll it out nationally," Chen said. "We are giving anywhere from $200 to $300 in instant credit."


There is more to his business model than just collecting used iPhones, according to Chen.

"The base line of our concept is how do we encourage reuse and keep things out of the landfill?" he said. "We hold on to it and it sits in our desk drawer and it depreciates and in the end it ends up in the landfill."

By buying old iPhones, Chens company is able to recycle and reuse the parts in other devices and dispose of broken parts using environmentally safe avenues.


A better option for owners of old iPhones who want to upgrade is to give it or sell it to a family member or friend, according to Aaron Vronko, service manager at Rapid Repair. Recipients will still need to pay iPhone data fees, which in the U.S. are $30 for the 3G and $20 for the first-generation iPhone.

Rapid Repair, based in Michigan and formerly known as ipodmods.com, also buys old iPhones and iPods, refurbishes them, and resells them with a 90-day guarantee. The company has been repairing iPods for four years and when Apple launched the first-generation iPhones, Vronko expected a new version would leave older iPhones by the wayside.

Other options for selling are online sites such as eBay or Craigslist, Vronko said. However, he noted, "You have to deal with potential fraudulent buyers."

Its also possible to jailbreak, or unlock, the iPhone and use another service provider. Unlocking an iPhone lets users download applications not supported by Apples App Store, but the risks include a malicious app or turning the device into a brick.


Regardless of which iPhone a user has, apps are available from the App Store, which sold $30 million worth in 30 days.

The store has more than 1,000 apps, but it doesnt allow trying an app before purchase and it currently allows people who have not purchased a particular app to review it. That leaves users looking for real reviews frustrated. Some negative reviews are based on price and advocate making the App Store free.


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