It seems like just yesterday that Apple announced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with 3D Touch, 12-megapixel iSight cameras, and Live Photos. Well preorders for the pair of phones began last Friday.
Apple’s website isn’t the only place you can preorder a new phone. The Apple Store app for iOS is often a faster and smoother way to place an order, in our experience, and Apple recommends that route, too. The major four carriers are also fighting to help you buy an iPhone (and sign up for one of their wireless plans). Usually big-box retailers like Best Buy and Target are on board with early orders, but for now they only have “coming soon” landing pages.
There’s something to be said about going right to the source. Preorders start at 12:01 a.m. Pacific/3:01 a.m. Eastern on Saturday morning, but you can get ready right now by entering information about your wireless account and carrier on Apple’s website or Apple Store iOS app (just tap on “get ready to preorder iPhone 6s” in the app).
Customers of AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon can check their upgrade eligibility directly on Apple’s site, which also has a detailed breakdown of plans by carrier. If you’re a T-Mobile customer, be aware that you’ll be paying full price if you preorder the iPhone 6s from Apple, starting at $649. For no-money-down options, preorder directly from T-Mobile.
For the first time ever, Apple is offering an iPhone Upgrade Program for the 6s and 6s Plus, which allows you to pay Apple monthly installments for a new phone instead of paying your carrier. Those plans start at $32.41 a month for the 16GB 6s and $36.58 a month for the 6s Plus. For more information about Apple’s upgrade program, read our complete guide here. If you’re going the Upgrade Program route, you’ll have to do that in-store with an Apple rep, but you can make a reservation online at 12:01 a.m. Pacific for an Apple Store appointment.
If Apple’s website and app are beseiged by preorders, you might have luck turning to your carrier. First, check to see if you’re eligible for an upgrade. Then, pick a plan.
AT&T’s Next plans let you pay $0 down for your new phone and spread the payments over 20, 24, or 30 months, though you’ll be able to trade in your old phone after 12, 18, or 24 months and upgrade to a new version. AT&T also still offers 2-year contracts for the traditionalists among us.
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