iPhone trade-in program is an attempt at gaining shares back from Android.

Illustration by Fraser Ntukula
Illustration by Fraser Ntukula

Apple has a new iPhone trade-in program, and it is rumored to be the beginning of a new attempt at gaining the market share that Android has swiftly taken away from the Cupertino giant.

You'll be able to trade in older models of iPhones directly to Apple in order to get some cash or credit towards a new iphone. The new iPhone is also rumored to be announced soon and the speculation by Apple fanboys is growing rapidly. But don't buy into the hype just yet.

Fact of the matter is that Android has been taking over iPhone sales and activation for the past couple years but hardly anyone covers this or cares because of the strong personal attachment that Apple develops with their customers. It's almost like a cult. Don't get me wrong, I love apple products but I also love technology that works and I will put my personal preference aside in preference of a better solution.

You can help build the hype for a new iPhone device coming this fall, or you can get a real smart phone today. Your options are not limited to the Apple brand. You have Samsung, HTC, Motorola and a few others that literally dance circles around any iPhone model and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

I commend Apple's marketing brilliance, but don't be fooled. There are better options out there, with better technological specs, better components, faster, brighter, smarter. I'm a techie, I know these things.

So in regards to the iPhone trade-in program, do yourself a favor and try to get cash for your iPhone and then go to your wireless provider and get an Android phone. You'll take a few minutes to get used to the different interface, but once you do, you'll wonder why anyone would get an iPhone.

2 Comments

  1. Oscar, there’s a reason that almost all app developers start with iOS vs Android — it’s easier to develop and support for a limited number of models.

    And while it’s true that Android-powered phones outsell iOS-powered phones, but single Android phone model outsells the iPhone. The problem (from a developer point of view) is that there are hundreds of Android phones out there, but only a few iPhone models. And it’s been well documented that iPhone users typically use their phone (and apps) more heavily than Android users. Whether it’s because they spent more for it, and want to make damn sure they get their money’s worth, or whether the support network is stronger, the fact remains, iPhone users translate to more money for developers.

    • Definitely agree, but that will change soon too as webstandards and html5 and other web-centric technologies replace proprietary languages and protocols. Google tends to be the ultra-marathoner that everyone passes by at mile 25, just to see him pass them by around mile 40. — Can’t deny what you’ve said though, today.

      We’ll also see how the market share shapes up after the rumored cheap iPhone that is supposed to come out.

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