Preorders for Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus open up in the early hours of Friday morning.
Whether you choose to go through Apple, your carrier or another major retailer, here’s everything you need to know about how to preorder a new iPhone.
Preorders for both new iPhones open Friday morning at 12 a.m. PT. Online preorders can be placed through Apple, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.
Keep in mind demand will be high and Apple and other websites could be moving extra slow due to server overload. On that note, Chrome Refresh is a handy Chrome extension to automate the almost-inevitable refresh process.
Another good tip to speed up the process on Apple’s website, as Cult of Mac notes, is to set your default shipping and billing information on Apple’s website and enable Apple’s Express Checkout prior to the start of the preorder period. This reduces the amount of time you’ll need to spend on Apple’s website (and the likelihood of it timing out and crashing) to place an order.
For AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, an iPhone 6 starts at $199 with a two-year contract (tip, check your upgrade eligibility on your carrier’s website before the preorder period) for the 16GB version. Each size up adds an additional $100 to the price tag.
The 6 Plus follows the same model on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon with the 16GB model priced at $299, the 64GB at $399 and the 128GB at $499 (also, with an accompanying two-year contract).
T-Mobile customers can also buy an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus directly from Apple without a contract. The 16GB iPhone 6 is $649 with an additional $100 for each size up and the 6 Plus starts at $749 for the 16GB model.
If you aren’t eligible for an upgrade, you’re not out of luck as AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile give you the ability to finance a new iPhone in monthly installments over a period of one to two years.
Best Buy, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Radio Shack and Target will all be accepting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus preorders in their brick-and-mortar stores Friday. While most of these retailers follow carrier pricing, Walmart and Sam’s Club are also offering slight discounts on preorders.
At Walmart, the iPhone 6 starts at $179 for a 16GB iPhone 6 (with a two-year contract from Verizon, AT&T or Sprint) and the 6 Plus starts at $279 for the 16GB model. At Sam’s Club, a Walmart subsidiary, the iPhone 6 starts at $177 for the 16GB version and the 6 Plus starts at $277 for 16GB.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available for preorder in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore on Apple’s website as of 12 a.m. PT Friday.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company plans to make the handsets available in 115 countries by the end of the year, though the exact timing of subsequent international rollouts is unclear for now.
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