Let’s forget about the knee-jerk disappointment with the iPhone 4S for a bit.You can bet there will still be a ton of people lining up outside Apple, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint stores on the October 14 launch day.
And Preorders begin tonight at midnight Pacific.
Each carrier follows the same general pattern for its upgrade process. But we decided to break it all down for you here.
First, The Easy Way
If you’re a brand new customer to AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, you’ll be able to get the iPhone 4S at the discounted price that comes with a two-year contract: $199 (16 GB), $299 (32 GB), and $399 (64 GB).
AT&T And Verizon Customers
Apple has a handy tool on its site that tells you if you’re eligible for an upgrade. It only works with AT&T and Verizon customers for now. (Sprint is coming next week.) Just select your carrier and enter your wireless number, billing zip code, last four digits of your social security number, and your billing password.
Apple will ping Verizon or AT&T and let you know right away if your line is eligible for an upgrade at the discounted prices listed above. If not, it’ll tell you when that upgrade kicks in.
Sprint has a similar widget on its site that will tell you if you’re eligible for an upgrade. It’s tough to find, so here’s the link. Just enter your wireless number and zip code.
What About Your Old Phone?
To soften the financial blow, you can check out our guide to getting the most cash for your old iPhone.