Several of the eligible trade in 'old' smartphones are still on sale in Optus stores including iPhone 5 and LG Optimus Pro.
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Optus are also taking handsets trade in's from other telcos also, who then must sign up to an Optus MyPlan, luring new customers from rivals.
People like to have the latest handsets, if they're ready for a new one, want to change from Apple to Android or have a slightly damaged phone, an Optus spokesperson told Smarthouse. The scheme will also be an important "differenciator" for the Optus brand.
The scheme is also to encourage take up of new smartphones, the spokesperson said, as an army of newbie hit telco town Including: iPhone 5s and 5c, Samsung Note 3, Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Ultra's. Phew.
However, it is unclear whether a possible slump in smartphone sales is a reason for the trade in scheme.
The new iPhone 5s, 5c sales are "not as strong as usual", due to the amount of (non-Apple) options now available to the discerning mobile consumer, multiple telco sources have told Smarthouse.
The amount of money a trade-in phone will get, depends on market popularity, age, condition of the device, so a Galaxy S3 is likely to get more credit than a BlackBerry Bold 2.
However, if phone is in good condition, "a couple of hundred dollars" could be knocked off your next Optus mobile bill(s), the rep said.
Consumers present the device at an Optus store, where staff will do an assessment.
However, the 'old' smartphone must be needs to be able to power on, at the least.