Apple is expanding USB charger trade-in program to other countries


Apple is wasting no time in getting to its customers in as many different countries as possible.  Early this month, the Cupertino giant launched its charger take-back program that would allow its customers to trade-in third-party chargers (knock-offs) and get the official chargers at a discounted price.  From what we have heard, many customers are taking advantage of this offer, and now the company is expanding to the offer to other countries.  The program originally started in China on August 9, and will be coming to customers in the United States on August 16.

The countries that are now getting support in the program are (with cost):  Australia ($14 AUD), Canada ($11 CAD), France (10 €), Germany (10 €), Japan (¥1,000), and the United Kingdom (10 £).

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac was able to get a hold of a staff training manual to confirm the roll out, as well as the price below.

Over the past couple of days, Apple has updated its Support Page for the USB trade-in-program to note a few other supported regions and the corresponding discount pricing:

Australia ($14 AUD), Canada ($11 CAD), France (10 €), Germany (10 €), Japan (¥1,000), and the United Kingdom (10 £).

The whole program started after a 23-year-old China Airlines flight attendant Ma Ailun suffered a fatal electric shock when she went to answer a call using her iPhone, but at the time, the iPhone was charging.  Recently, Apple’s iPhone 5 exploded in a customer’s face, causing an eye injury, but I suppose that’s a different story.

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