How to Be Amongst the First Ones to Get the iPhone 4S

Posted by Mayank on October 5, 2011 in Apple,iPhone

The Apple iPhone 4S is finally here! Well, not literally. The first to get the iPhone 4S along with the US are Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan on October 14th. The second batch of iPhone 4S is arriving to 22 more countries on 28th of October, and 70 more countries by December 2011. Also, this time, iPhone 4S will be available on 3 cellular networks – AT&T, Verizon and Sprint — making it the fastest rollout ever.

The 4S comes in three varieties and black and white colors: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399.
Do you want to be amongst the first ones to get the iPhone 4S? Here is what you can do better your chances of getting the iPhone 4S asap.

1. Pre-order the iPhone 4S:

iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order starting October 7th. Time from which the pre-orders can be placed is not announced yet.  Bookmark this page to get the information as soon as it is available. Update – Pre-orders will open at 3AM ET.
Delivery of the pre-orders will start October 14th.
You can pre-order from the following sources :
  • Order from the Apple Store App in your iPhone or iPad : appstore icon
  • Order by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE
  • Order online from
  • Order at or or, depending on the carrier of your choice
hot tipUsually the 16GB variant is the one, which has the highest demand. Order the 32GB or 64GB variant of iPhone 4S. You will definitely make your chances better of your iPhone 4S arriving earlier. Expect the websites to crash, become unresponsive – this is what happened last time. Expect huge delays when calling over phone. If you want to avoid such issues, make sure you’re amongst the first ones pre-ordering or calling.


2. Order at the Apple Retail Store:

iPhone 4S will be available at the Apple Retail Store beginning at 8:00 a.m. on October 14 on a first-come, first-served basis. Find the Apple Retail Store near you. Expect huge queues (last time in the case of iPhone 4, the queue was 500-1000 strong). Try to go early — start the queue 2-3 days in advance if you want to ensure that you’re amongst the first ones to get the iPhone 4S.

What to Take with You

  • Your old mobile phone, if you’re replacing it.
  • Social Security number of the account holder.
  • Valid government-issued photo ID.
  • Carrier account password, if you have one.
  • Your Apple ID and password.

Still in doubt whether to buy iPhone 4S or not? Read our iPhone 4S review.

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