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  • Best Buy, RadioShack iPhone 4 Preorders Start Tomorrow


    [UPDATE: Confirmed. Still no official word on pricing, though.]

    [OK, UPDATE 2: Best Buy Mobile rep told me AT&T is letting all retail outlets (so that includes Wal-mart and RadioShack too) offer upgrade pricing. You have to make pre-orders in person at Best Buy locations, though: no online or phone-in options.]


    Despite official silence about availability and pricing, a Best Buy representative told me that iPhone 4 pre-ordering will begin tomorrow for in-store pickup only on June 24. The new phone will also be sold at retail to walk-in (or wait-in-line) customers, but availability was said to be subject to pre-orders, suggesting that it's not first-come-first-served: customers who placed orders ahead of time would get their phones first. The rep was unable to answer my question about upgrade pricing.

    For launch day, I have a choice of an AT&T Store in a heinous shopping center, or a Best Buy attached to a fashionable mall near MIT with a Starbucks and WiFi. If I'm going to have to wait in line (cause I want to bring you guys my report as soon as possible), I'd definitely prefer to be comfortable, indoors and caffeinated. But the deal-breaker, obviously, would be if for some reason I couldn't get my upgrade discount at Best Buy. There's every indication that I will be able to - Best Buy gave upgrade pricing on iPhone 3GS last year - but so far the company is remaining mum.

    In addition to AT&T, Apple and Best Buy retail outlets, iPhone 4 will also be available at RadioShack and Wal-mart stores on launch day. RadioShack announced via their Twitter feed that they will also be accepting pre-orders.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Best Buy, RadioShack iPhone 4 Preorders Start Tomorrow started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. XenoSaber's Avatar
      XenoSaber -
      Unfortunately I did drop my 3G one too many times and got a shatter. I replaced it for $100. So I know it can happen. Dropping the old models, you needed to hit it just right and I did. Glass is glass, if you hit it just right it will crack, I don't care how strong it is. I've even seen sapphire watch crystals crack so $300-$900 for a replacement is worth $15/month for 24 months, which is my expected lifespan of the device. That's a max of $360, more than worth it in my book.
    1. lunercrab's Avatar
      lunercrab -
      Radioshack just called me back. Apparently they too are having issues ordering the phones as well. They can't get the orders to go thru. Wow this is turning out to be an adventure.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Today is a huge fail on all fronts. I can't wait to see AT&T's servers crash AGAIN on the 24th when everyone tries to activate at once. Remember when this happened on launch day of the iPhone 3G? Wow.
    1. 87vert's Avatar
      87vert -
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedEvoIX View Post
      early termination will be 325 + what you pay for the new iphone

      My 3gs is under the 30days buyers remorse that allows me to return and cancel the contract within 30days for only penalty of 10% return on the iphone and the activation fee (which was waived anyways because of my corporate discount)

      I talked to AT&T and Radio Shack and they both confirmed this. They told me to simply return 3gs to Radio Shack before my 30days are up and there will be no problems. The contract will be voided and my new iphone 4 will be a new contract.
    1. lunercrab's Avatar
      lunercrab -
      i'm figuring this is old news, but i asked bestbuy about preorders for white and they said they are not taking any orders for white...so the few people who ordered in white at bestbuy might be disappointed...i know i am
    1. asmacumber's Avatar
      asmacumber -
      Radio Shack called me at 1:45 an informed me they were unable to reserve a phone for me. She said the chain was only alotted 6000 devices and they were all spoken for. I took my business to Best Buy. I was able to reserve the model I want and the rep told me I got in under the wire as they were only going to get 10 32gb devices and I was numbers 7 and 8. Had I been later I would have had to wait for the 'second wave'. So stoked.
    1. lunercrab's Avatar
      lunercrab -
      So I went to one of my local radioshacks today to check on some rate plans. I asked her about the preorders and if they were all accounted for and she told me this. She said that their store (no sure if all radioshacks in general) did not take preorders. All they did was take numbers from people and were going to call them to remind them to stop buy Thursday. So she basically said that whatever inventory they get there is on a first come first serve basis. Hmmm I may have to take a drive there at like 6am and see what people might be there. In my area I'm guessing not many but ya never know.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by 87vert View Post
      My 3gs is under the 30days buyers remorse that allows me to return and cancel the contract within 30days for only penalty of 10% return on the iphone and the activation fee (which was waived anyways because of my corporate discount)

      I talked to AT&T and Radio Shack and they both confirmed this. They told me to simply return 3gs to Radio Shack before my 30days are up and there will be no problems. The contract will be voided and my new iphone 4 will be a new contract.
      youre good to go then
    1. marianneliz's Avatar
      marianneliz -
      Yes this website reviews the top 3 iPhone 4 cases and covers: Top Three iPhone 4 Cases and iPhone 4 Covers

      Apparently it lists them from Scosche, Gumdrop and Proporta.

      what do you guys think?