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Everything You Need to Know Before Preordering the iPhone 7

Get ready to buy your new handset
September 8, 2016

Time to set your alarm. After officially introducing both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7s Plus on Wednesday, preorders for both Apple handsets will start at 12:01 a.m. PDT tomorrow, Sept. 9.

All four major U.S. carriers – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have said they will begin to take orders early tomorrow morning. Other retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, and Target may also offer preorders. Check with those stores for more information.

If you’re ready to purchase, and must have an iPhone 7 on launch day – Friday, Sept. 16 – the best way to go is through the Apple site or Apple Store app. Historically, Apple always has the most units available to preorder. Since there’s been no credible information about Apple’s supply of either handset, the early bird will most likely get the worm tomorrow morning. Waiting until later in the day might leave you disappointed as preorders have often sold out very quickly.

If the Apple site is difficult to reach after the preorders have begun, definitely try ordering from your carrier.

For buyers in the United States, the iPhone 7 will begin at $649 for a 32GB model and move up to $79 for the 128GB handset. The 256GB edition will be $849. The iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 for the 32GB version and jumps to $869 for the 128GB handset. The 256GB version is $969. The new jet black version is only available in 128GB and 256GB variations.

Like last year, Apple is offering an iPhone Upgrade Program. Similar to services provided by AT&T and Verizon, the plan allows customers to spread out the cost of a new iPhone over 24 months. At the 12 month mark, you can return your phone for a new one. The iPhone Upgrade Program comes with AppleCare+ protection.

For the first time, Apple’s program has moved beyond the United States. It’s now also available in the United Kingdom and China.

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To see if you’re eligible for upgrade pricing, contact your cellular provider, or better yet, check with Apple. The company has an eligibility tool both online and through the Apple Store app.

Along with the U.S., the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launches on Friday, Sept. 16 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the U.K, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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