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06-14-2010, 08:42 AM #1
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.
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 06-14-2010 at 11:47 AM. Reason: link to press release confirmation
06-14-2010, 08:54 AM #2
I think, in my town, that my best bet if I do not preorder is going to be Wal-Mart. I live in a relatively small town that has a Best Buy, a Radio Shack, an AT&T store, AND a Wal-Mart. Of all those choices I think Wal-Mart would probably be the best bet as far as not selling out would go. What do you guys think?
06-14-2010, 08:58 AM #3
Wow. Apple is really wanna cut down the line.
06-14-2010, 08:59 AM #4
Yea. walmart sounds the best for you, but radioshack has a trade in center where you can get credit for older iphones.. Have you checked that out yet?
06-14-2010, 09:01 AM #5
06-14-2010, 09:02 AM #6
I am wondering if anyone that bought the 3GS on launch day last year June 19 i think is eligible for an upgrade because when i hit *NEW# it tell me that I am not until 02/2011.
does anyone know if i can just pay the $18 upgrade fee and upgrade pricing?
And when I preOrder tomorrow is that when I pay?King Los aka Los Ninyo
06-14-2010, 09:04 AM #7
06-14-2010, 09:04 AM #8
Will we be able to pre order on apple's site tonight at midnight? Or have to wait for a certain time tomorrow?
06-14-2010, 09:16 AM #9
Only thing is I have bought the new phone on launch day each year since 2007 and never had to pay full until this year.hmmmm
I think ima call and see how far complaining and threatening gets me!!King Los aka Los Ninyo
06-14-2010, 09:22 AM #10
06-14-2010, 09:23 AM #11
well, it's not really full price since you pay a higher price at $399/$499 for a 16gb/32gb. full price is $599/$699
06-14-2010, 09:24 AM #12
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06-14-2010, 09:35 AM #14
i'm just going to get up whenever tomorrow at my leisure, mosey on down to the at&t store, plop down some cash, and pick it up sometime on the 24th. why would anyone want to wait in line? they're taking pre-orders (or reserving if you want to get into semantics) all day.
Last edited by bigorangekitty; 06-14-2010 at 09:37 AM.
06-14-2010, 09:38 AM #15
When i log on to my account, i have this message
As a valued AT&T customer, we can offer you a discounted iPhone upgrade at a higher price, along with a 2-year commitment and an $18 upgrade fee. Please proceed with the online upgrade process for pricing details. You may qualify for a full discount on a standard iPhone upgrade on 01/02/2011
06-14-2010, 09:38 AM #16
I'll be pre-ordering, I hate lines. Radio Shack looks to be the closest option for me.
06-14-2010, 09:52 AM #17
i will be pre ordering tonite in Best Buy for store pick up...
06-14-2010, 09:54 AM #18
IMO.......Walmart might be good for getting your hanss on the new phone but heaven help you if you have
any other questions!
06-14-2010, 09:56 AM #19
can the iphone 4 be purchased without contract?
06-14-2010, 11:14 AM #20