Here’s How to Increase Your Odds of Getting an iPhone X On Release Day

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Pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone X start this Friday and it’s no secret inventory will be limited at best. Getting a pre-order for delivery on the November 3rd could be pretty tough, so The Mac Observer has a few tips on how to increase your odds of success.

iPhone X pre-order tips

Check out TMO’s tips for iPhone X pre-orders

Choose Your iPhone X in the Apple Store App

Fire up the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPad and pick the iPhone X model you want—64 GB or 265 GB. You’ll get pre-approved for your iPhone X purchase or upgrade, but that’s not the same as placing your order. You need to head back to the app Friday morning to complete the process. The upside is that your selection will still be ready to go so you won’t spend time tapping through options before you tap the Buy button.

Pre-order Your iPhone X Through Your Cellular Carrier

Apple isn’t the only game in town for iPhone X pre-orders. Your cellular carrier will take orders Friday morning, too. Here are the links for the big four carriers iPhone X pre-order pages:

Try to Order from Apple’s Website and Apple Store App

The Apple Store app has proven time and again to be more reliable for ordering new iPhones on pre-order day, but it isn’t the only option available. You can also login to Apple’s store from your Web browser and try there. We recommend you try in the Apple Store app and Apple’s website to increase your odds of successfully completing an order.

Unlock Your Credit Report

If you locked your credit report after the Equifax hack you’ll need to unlock it at least long enough to get through the pre-order process. Putting a freeze on your credit was smart, but don’t let that block you from getting your new iPhone X. Here are links for the credit monitoring companies:

Last Resort: Wait in Line

Apple said it will have iPhone X in its stores on November 3rd, but the company also said, “Stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early.” That means line up early because inventory will be very limited.

iPhone X Pre-release Order Times

Pre-orders for iPhone X start at 12:01 AM pacific time on Friday, October 27th. Pricing starts at US$999. In-store sales start at 8 AM local time on Friday, November 3rd.

3 Comments Add a comment

  1. vpndev

    Looking at the website, it seems to say that you have to activate on AT&T/Verizon/T-Mobile/Sprint.

    Is that actually a requirement? Can I, for example, order a phone on T-M at full price but not activate it when it comes? I’m on Consumer Cellular (AT&T MVNO) and would prefer not to change (causing grief for others in the family?




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  2. akcarver

    Sprint’s site says preorders for the iPhone X start at 2:00 AM CST. This is almost certainly incorrect, as we are currently in Daylight Saving Time. Yeah, it’s nitpicky, but it’s still true.




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