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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. spiderguy84's Avatar
      spiderguy84 -
      I talked to Best Buy locally and Radio Shack and have this figured out. Best Buy was not even guaranteeing that they would start preorders until possibly Thursday or Friday this week, and that they may not get the iPhones in stock until July. I called Radio Shack and they will open at 7 tomorrow doing preorders and will guarantee pick up on June 24th. They even said they would look at the trade-in value of the 3GS when preordering, print out an estimate, and let you trade in for that value the day you get the new iPhone and let you use that towards the new iPhone. My vote is for Radio Shack 100%
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      The shack will give you over $300 for it too

    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      The shack will give you over $300 for it too

      whats the website for that? thanks
    1. iamthekiller's Avatar
      iamthekiller -
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedEvoIX View Post
      whats the website for that? thanks
      Let me google that for you

      Going rate on eBay for the same thing is minimum $100 more.
    1. sharkez's Avatar
      sharkez -
      Seems that for at least BestBuy and Radio Shack you must come into the store to do the pre-order. I'll be traveling away from my home on the 15th so does anyone know if you can go into _any_ Radio Shack or BestBuy and pick the phone up at another store location?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea you could get more on ebay or craigs but this is quick and easy without the headaches of the other methods. I could pretty much trade my 3GS for a 4 for about $30 in taxes.
    1. peteo's Avatar
      peteo -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      The shack will give you over $300 for it too

      actually this pricing has changed in stores, and they no longer give you that price. They said $100 for 3G and $200 3GS in store, but I will find out more when I go in tomorrow
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by peteo View Post
      actually this pricing has changed in stores, and they no longer give you that price. They said $100 for 3G and $200 3GS in store, but I will find out more when I go in tomorrow
      I called the shack here and they said to go to their website because that is what they do at the store to get the prices. He also said that the prices will go down considerably once the iPhone is officially released. I dunno. I'm not selling mine for a few months anyways
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by iamthekiller View Post
      Let me google that for you

      Going rate on eBay for the same thing is minimum $100 more.
      They appraised my 3G @ $127. No way I'm trading it in, I can get at least $200-$250 on eBay or Craigslist
    1. jwalkd9's Avatar
      jwalkd9 -
      I just called radioshack at around 5 to ask when they are starting pre-orders for the iphone 4. They told me they were taking pre-orders now and all i had to is go to the store. When I got there they filled out a paper with my name, cell number, what model I wanted. They didn't charge me or take any type payment info. They told me that I am guaranteed the phone on either the 24th or the 25th they just haven't been told exactly what is happening launch day yet. The manager said that normally pre-orders for any devices are pulled from the initial inventory and set aside for those that pre-ordered. They said they would call me with more info on when I will be able to pick up my phone when they receive more info.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Does anyone know if you can go to a radioshack store and trade in your iphone and they give you the credit at that time towards the iphone 4? Or should i sell it on ebay or craigslist?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Does anyone know if u can use ur bestbuy credit card for the deposit and purchase of the iphone 4?
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      Anyone hear what time will preordering on apple.com will take place.
    1. CUBBIEblue16's Avatar
      CUBBIEblue16 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spiderguy84 View Post
      I talked to Best Buy locally and Radio Shack and have this figured out. Best Buy was not even guaranteeing that they would start preorders until possibly Thursday or Friday this week, and that they may not get the iPhones in stock until July. I called Radio Shack and they will open at 7 tomorrow doing preorders and will guarantee pick up on June 24th. They even said they would look at the trade-in value of the 3GS when preordering, print out an estimate, and let you trade in for that value the day you get the new iPhone and let you use that towards the new iPhone. My vote is for Radio Shack 100%
      First off, let me debunk this right now. I just got off the phone with best buy after stopping in and talking to them earlier. They said, if you are able to pre order the phone from them, you are GUARANTEED the phone on the 24th. Best Buy is no different from any other.
    1. carlos916's Avatar
      carlos916 -
      really?? hummm makes me wana call my radio shack n see wut they say..
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      just got off the phone with radioshack, they will be taking preorders tomorrow. $50 deposit guarantees a iphone when it comes in. Also they DO give money for old iphones. He said to bring it in and get it appraised and they will give you that amount the day you pick up towards your new iphone. Id say this is the best way to go
    1. 87vert's Avatar
      87vert -
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedEvoIX View Post
      just got off the phone with radioshack, they will be taking preorders tomorrow. $50 deposit guarantees a iphone when it comes in. Also they DO give money for old iphones. He said to bring it in and get it appraised and they will give you that amount the day you pick up towards your new iphone. Id say this is the best way to go
      I talked to my local shack and they didn't know what was going on. they told me that was the usual policy but that didn't apply to this. They told me to call in the morning when they open at 10. I would like to get mine at radio shack because I bought a 3gs there 2 weeks ago and they are going to let me return it when the 4g comes in for an even swap.

      If not I think I am going to add a line then just return my 3gs the day before (end of my 30days) and cancel the line then use the 4g with a new number. (I give everyone my google voice number so I don't have a problem changing my number)
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by 87vert View Post
      I talked to my local shack and they didn't know what was going on. they told me that was the usual policy but that didn't apply to this. They told me to call in the morning when they open at 10. I would like to get mine at radio shack because I bought a 3gs there 2 weeks ago and they are going to let me return it when the 4g comes in for an even swap.

      If not I think I am going to add a line then just return my 3gs the day before (end of my 30days) and cancel the line then use the 4g with a new number. (I give everyone my google voice number so I don't have a problem changing my number)
      just called another store and they said the same thing as the first one. Preorders tomorrow, 50 deposit and get your old 3gs appraised and that goes towards the purchase price
    1. 87vert's Avatar
      87vert -
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedEvoIX View Post
      just called another store and they said the same thing as the first one. Preorders tomorrow, 50 deposit and get your old 3gs appraised and that goes towards the purchase price
      cool I hope they are right. I guess we will see in the morning.
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      I just checked radioshacks appraisal site for a 5 star iPhone 3gs they want to give only $244 there crazy.