The police have issued Softbank a stern warning against buying old iPhones as trade-in from the iPhone users. Apparently this act may be a violation of the law on dealing in used products. So if you were hoping to exchange the old for new and get paid for your older handset, then sadly this is no longer possible.
Apparently Softbank had failed to get permission from the Public Safety Commission to deal in used items. Softbank had been buying the old handsets under the trade-in service. They paid anywhere between ¥2,000 to ¥20,000 for the old handsets, depending upon their model and used condition.
Essentially, instead of buying the old handsets, Softbank is now asking buyers to mail their old handsets to Softbank Telecom. Once it works it out with the police and a solution derived, Softbank will let the old iPhone owners know how they will proceed with the mater. The prefectural police department’s Community Safety Bureau says that offering a uniform discount, regardless of traded models is not against the law. However to give differing discounts depending on the types of traded smartphones or to not accept damaged smartphones, is a violation.
Japan has been under the iPhone 5 spell ever since it was launched. So much so that 220 handsets were stolen in western Japan last week. In Osaka Prefecture, the cities of Osaka, Ibaraki and Sakai reported the theft of 191 handsets.