Analyst and supply chain reports over the past weeks raise fears that the iPhone X will be in short supply. To be one of the first owners of the new top of the line iPhone will likely be very difficult. With some preparation, you have a chance to beat the crowds.
The iPhone X will be available for pre-order on October 27. The iPhone X pre-order will be available not just at the Apple online store, carriers will also take pre-orders. The iPhone X is also listed at bestbuy.com, target.com and walmart.com. The pre-order window will open at 12:01 am PT. Placing your iPhone X order in the first minutes will be key to receiving the iPhone X in 2017.
The iPhone X is offered on contract and unlocked. All four major carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are offering the iPhone X.
Unlocked, the iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB model and $1,149 for the 256GB version. Interestingly, Best Buy lists unlocked prices that are $100 higher. If that price stands, then Best Buy is not a good alternative to buy an unlocked iPhone X.
In case you plan to upgrade to the iPhone X on your current carrier, make sure you check your account status. Apple has set up a special page that helps check your status with Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. T-Mobile is not supported.
Most consumers will try to pre-order the iPhone X at the Apple Store at apple.com. The better option is to use the Apple Store app. Usually, the app keeps working during heavy load events. You can already now prepare your iPhone X order in the Apple Store app and save it under favorites. When its 12:01 am PT, Friday, you just need to complete your pre-order and saving a lot of time.
The iPhone X is offered by resellers on Amazon and eBay ahead of the pre-order launch.
Find below the links to all stores that offer the iPhone X and more details.
The iPhone X is available directly from Apple and the four major carriers. Retailers that have listed the iPhone X so far include Best Buy and Target.
The iPhone X will be available for pre-order at 12:01 am Pacific. If the retailers listed above will offer iPhone X pre-orders is not clear yet. Some carriers including T-Mobile and Sprint let you pre-register for the iPhone X. These registrations get you email alerts, but do not give you an actual reservation for an iPhone X.
The iPhone X starts to ship on Friday, November 3.
Apple loves the photos of long lines at Apple stores and the happy faces of the first iPhone customers, but will the iPhone X be available at the Apple Store on November 3? Apple says yet. The Cupertino based consumer electronics giant announced on October 24, that the iPhone X will be in stock at Apple stores on November 3. You can start to line-up now.
Last year, the iPhone 7 Plus in all finishes and iPhone 7 in jet black were not available in Apple Stores on launch day. Apple has set aside iPhone X stock for the Apple Store to get these images of long lines for the iPhone X launch.
Carriers and retailers have not announced any deals for the iPhone X at this time. Depending on how constraint supply for the iPhone X is, there will be no discounts for some time. Sprint has announced a trade-in deal for the iPhone X, saving $350.
The Tracker app is not monitoring the iPhone X as the start time for the iPhone X pre-order is known. We might add the iPhone X in stock tracker once the iPhone X starts to ship. To get notified when the hard to find Holiday 2017 gifts are in stock at Amazon, Walmart or other online retailers, get the free The Tracker app and subscribe to the items you want to find in stock online.
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