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The iPhone X will be available for pre-order starting on Friday, October 27. You’ll want to be online after midnight Eastern because the preorders sell out fast. Historically, the preorders go online at 3 a.m. Eastern.
The iPhone X will be officially released on November 3, but you can preorder it on Oct. 27th. If you want to be among the first to get the iPhone, then pre-ordering is your best option.
You can pre-order the iPhone online through the Apple store or the Apple Store app. You can also sign up for the iPhone Upgrade program and order your phone through that program. (This year, Apple is letting you mail in your old phone via a return kit after the new one is shipped to you.) You’re eligible if you’ve made at at least 12 payments on your iPhone after at least six months from the time you got your first one.
If you don’t want to order from Apple, you can also pre-order the iPhone from your phone carrier’s website, whether it’s Sprint, Verizon, or another company. However, just one word of caution: these stores sometimes sell out of new iPhones faster because they don’t keep as many in stock as Apple. You may have a slightly greater chance of not ending up on a delayed backorder if you go through Apple directly.
Another option is to call your carrier and order your new iPhone over the phone. Some people have better luck using this method rather than trying to order quickly through their carrier’s website.
If you’re going to order the phone online, don’t delay. Pre-orders can sell out fast and you might get pushed to a delayed back order. If you go to the Apple Store app or website at 3 a.m. Eastern and don’t see the new iPhones yet, force close and reopen the app (or refresh the website) until they appear. The app and website won’t auto-refresh for you.