Apple will finally release its most advanced smartphone, the iPhone 4S, starting at 8 a.m. local time on Oct. 14. Assuming Apple continues its record-breaking ways, the company will experience unprecedented foot traffic at each of its 357 Apple Stores worldwide.
The iPhone 4S' three carriers—Apple, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint-Nextel Corp.—have all reportedly sold out of initial pre-order stock of the iPhone 4S. AT&T claims customers may wait three to four weeks for shipment, while Verizon maintains a delivery time of Oct. 21, and Sprint is simply "sold out."
For those who don't want to visit a nearby Apple Store, there will be plenty of other stores selling the iPhone 4S on Oct. 14. Non-Apple retailers are offering various incentives for buying the new iPhone at their store, such as freebies and gift cards. Given that all three phone carriers will also sell the phone in stores, Apple smartphone available on three separate carriers, the iPhone 4S will be everywhere on Oct. 14. Here's the guide to getting one.
AT&T (Stock Quote: T) is currently taking iPhone 4S pre-orders on its website, which will be shipped to arrive as early as Oct. 14. AT&T
The provider is offering the suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16 GB model, $299.99 for the 32 GB model and $399.99 for the 64 GB model. Customers must sign a two-year service agreement and sign up for a data plan of $15-$45 a month to get these prices. You can find early upgrade and no-commitment iPhone 4S prices on AT&T’s consumer website. Voice plans cost between $39.99 and $69.99.
While supplies last, AT&T is selling the iPhone 4 8 GB model for $99.99 and also offering the iPhone 3GS for free online and in AT&T stores with a two-year commitment plus voice and data plans.
Sprint (Stock Quote: S) is following Apple’s price points for the phone itself with the 16GB costing $199.99, the 32GB costing $299.99 and the 64GB costing $399.99. Prices require a new-line activation or eligible upgrade and two-year agreement.
The provider is also selling the device with unlimited data plans, starting at $69.99 per month plus the required $10 Premium Data add-on charge. Sprint’s Simply Everything Plan, which features unlimited calling, data and text, is available for $99.99 a month plus the required $10 add-on charge. Taxes and surcharges aren’t included in the estimates.
New and existing Sprint customers can begin to pre-order the iPhone 4S on Friday at 3:01 a.m. EST. Sprint is also currently selling the iPhone 4 for just $99.99 on its website.
VerizonVerizon (Stock Quote: VZ) will also be selling the 16GB model for $199.99, the 32GB model for $299.99 and the 64 GB model for $399.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
Verizon says customers will need to purchase a voice plan beginning at $39.99 for 450 minutes and a data plan beginning at $30 for 2 GB monthly access when they get the phone.
Verizon’s version of the iPhone will also be available for pre-order on ts website at 3:01 a.m. EST Friday.
The provider has also lowered prices on the old iPhone 4, selling the 8 GB model for $99.99, the 16 GB model for $149.99 and the 32 GB model for $199.99 with a new two-year contract.
Consumers can pre-order their phones through the online Apple Store on Friday.