iPhone X orders: Here’s how to nab one if you simply cannot wait
iPhone X orders: Here’s how to nab one if you simply cannot wait:- The iPhone X is one of the must-have tech gadgets of the year, and even with a starting price of $999, the device is expected to sell out immediately when Apple lets shoppers start ordering the phone Friday at 3:01 a.m. ET.
What to do?
Don’t stand online
The phone will be in stores on November 3, but tech analysts say Apple has supply constraints that will make it harder than usual to get hold of the newest iPhone. That means camping outside stores for hours, or even days, to grab a phone without a re-order may be a fool’s errand.
Savvy customers know to jump online the minute sales begin, and put in their order promptly, at Apple.com or via one of the major phone carriers that sell iPhones, like Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint.
Apple responds on a first-come, first-serve basis. The earlier you get your pre-order in, the sooner the new phone should arrive to you. The phone will be delivered to you, or you can arrange for in-store pick-up.
In the past, pre-sales have sold out for opening day within 5 minutes, notes Creative Strategies tech analyst Ben Bajarin. This year, due to supply constraints for the X, due to some of the newer parts that haven’t been used in mass production before, it’s expected to sell out even more quickly.
Apple.com or Apple Store App?
In years past, the Apple.com website got jammed up from all the activity. So here’s a tip: download the Apple Store app and shop there.
But you’ll need to make several decisions first. Know your choices now.
—What color do you want? Your choices are space gray or silver.
—How much are you willing to pay? The phone starts at $999 with 64 GB of storage, or $49.91 monthly for two years via Apple’s lease program, or $1,149 ($56.16 monthly) with 256 GB of storage.
“Don’t fumble at midnight trying to figure it out,” says Michael Schneider of Los Angeles, who pre-orders a new iPhone every year when they first go on sale. He always pays full price, and then re-sells his old phone via the third-party buy/sell site Gazelle so he doesn’t have to waste valuable time dealing with the wireless carriers.
For pricing, think long and hard about storage. Can you live with 64 GB? Remember that those 4K videos and new augmented reality apps add up fast. If you’re going to spend this kind of money on the phone, spring for the 256 GB option. On a monthly basis, it’s only $6 more expensive: $56.16 monthly vs. $49.91.
—Speaking of trade-ins: The wireless carriers are offering generous incentives to buy the phone from them, with anywhere from $300-$350 off the purchase price, and some fine print involved as well. Read the specs now from your carriers. You can pre-order from them, too.
— Apple.com or ATT.com? There is a school of thought that the wireless carrier websites might see less traffic than Apple.com, and thus, be easier to break through Friday morning. But Jeff Caldwell of Portland, who buys a new iPhone on pre-sale night every year, says both are tough nuts to crack. “Every year ATT’s site is bogged down and it takes up to 45 minutes to get my order though,” he says. “I’ve also tried ordering through Apple with the same or worse results.”
—Have your carrier info ready. If you want to renew an agreement, have your social security, account number and passwords ready, but remember that you can buy the phone unlocked, and bring it into the wireless stores to set up in a less rushed atmosphere.
Do you need it?
The new iPhone is the first re-designed model since 2014’s iPhone 6, with the removal of bezels for a larger, edge to edge and brighter OLED screen and facial recognition to unlock the phone.
In the past, Apple would sell around 10 million iPhones opening weekend. But this year, analyst KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple will only have 2-3 million iPhone X’s available for the weekend.
Good luck Friday morning. And if you don’t get through, there’s always Saturday. The phone will get to you a little later, but Apple is in the business of taking people’s money. You’ll eventually get an iPhone X sent to your door.
If you can’t wait, you can always go to eBay, where resellers are optimistically already offering iPhone X units for as much as $3,500. And Apple has plenty of older iPhones to sell you as well, starting at $349 for the iPhone SE.