The cats are officially out of the bag: Apple announced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus after a long year of rumors and contradictory reports. The iPhone 6 packs a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus ups the screen size to 5.5 inches. Now that we know these handsets exist and are real, the next question on everyone’s minds is how can they get their hands on one.
The first thing to keep in mind is that, regardless of where you get your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, pre-orders begin on September 12, with the handsets officially going on sale on September 19. As for exact times, it depends on where you get the handset. As with previous iPhone launches, you can get the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from either carriers or retailers. Let’s begin with carriers.
Updated on 9-12-2014 by Williams Pelegrin: Updated each carrier and retailer with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus availability and shipping dates.
We’ll continue to update this post as availability changes or other stores are added.
Sprint – 12AM PT
Beginning with Sprint, it launched pre-register pages for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. As for actually pre-ordering the handsets, pre-orders go live on September 12 at 12am PT. The carrier also announced a new plan, iPhone for Life, for those who simply want to lease Apple’s latest and greatest. The $70-a-month plan is a total of two payments: $50 for the unlimited talk, text, and data plan, and $20 for the handset itself.
If you prefer, you can swap out the individual plan for Sprint’s revamped Framily plan. Keeping the individual plan, along with paying for the device itself over the two years, will only cost you $480. However, if you damage the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you must pay the handset’s full price, unless you have insurance from Sprint.
To help offset the cost of getting an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus on Sprint, the carrier revamped its trade-in program. Sprint promises to either meet or beat all major U.S. carrier buyback pricing on handsets for new service lines.
According to Sprint, it will do its best to send you the iPhone 6 by September 19, so it doesn’t appear to be sold out. Unfortunately, for the iPhone 6 Plus, Sprint did not give any date for when it will ship or when it will get to would-be buyers.
T-Mobile – 12am PT
Meanwhile, T-Mobile launched its own pre-register page for both handsets. Pre-orders will begin on September 12, at 12:01 a.m. As
for pricing, here is how it looks like under Magenta’s Simple Choice plan:
- 16GB iPhone 6: $0 down/$27.08 a month for 24 months
- 64GB iPhone 6: $100 down/$27.08 a month for 24 months
- 128GB iPhone 6: $200 down/$27.08 a month for 24 months
- 16GB iPhone 6 Plus: $0 down/$31.24 a month for 24 months
- 64GB iPhone 6 Plus: $100 down/$31.25 a month for 24 months
- 128GB iPhone 6 Plus: $200 down/$31.25 a month for 24 months
T-Mobile also has a trade-in program of its own. Trying to best other trade-in programs, T-Mobile will throw in an additional $50 if you find a better trade-in deal from one of the nation’s top carriers.
Unfortunately, while the option to pre-order both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is still available, it looks like T-Mobile’s website is still working out some kinks from the rush of earlier today. For both handsets, T-Mobile expects shipment to begin “soon.”
Verizon – 12am PT
Unlike Sprint and T-Mobile, Verizon doesn’t have a dedicated pre-register page for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. However, Big Red still launched a dedicated iPhone 6 and 6 Plus page, which will presumably update when pre-orders go live on September 12. No specific time frame was given for when pre-orders go live.
While you can sign up for a traditional two-year plan, you can also opt to pay for either device through its Edge program. For $0 down, you’ll need to pay $32.49 a month for 20 months for the iPhone 6, while the iPhone 6 Plus will set you back $37.49 a month for 20 months.
Not to be outdone, Verizon lets you swap your old iPhone for, essentially, a free 16GB iPhone 6 on a two-year contract. Sending in a working iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, or 5S will net you a $200 gift card, which can then be credited to the $200 16GB iPhone 6.
While Verizon still has plenty of iPhone 6 models in Gold available for delivery by September 19, most of the other iPhone 6 and 6 Plus variants will be delivered in October. If you still want the iPhone 6, it would be wise to place your order as soon as possible before remaining stock empties out.
AT&T – 12am PT
Finally, AT&T launched a dedicated page for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with pre-orders going live on September 12 at 12:01am PST. The iPhone 6 will cost $32.50 and $27.09 per month on AT&T’s Next 12 and Next 18 programs, respectively. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus will cost $37.50 and $31.25 on Next 12 and Next 18, respectively. You can also purchase each handset with a traditional two-year contract.
Unsurprisingly, AT&T also offers credit for your old iPhone. The offer, which starts the same day the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available for pre-order, gives people as much as $300 credit if they trade in an old iPhone in good working order. In addition, AT&T also offers two additional deals: 1) $100 credit if you purchase any iPhone and add a new phone line to an AT&T Next account, and 2) Buy an iPhone with AT&T Next and get $200 off any iPad.
Not surprisingly, much of AT&T’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus stock won’t be delivered to you for 21-35 business days. Other variants will ship in 7-14 business days, with the iPhone 6 Plus not shipping until November. However, the 128GB Gold and Silver iPhone 6 are available for delivery on September 19.
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