When and how to preorder the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus (Apple, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint)
If you are planning to be among the first to get the new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus from Apple, better hurry up, as the preorder start time came and went at 3:01am Eastern / 12:01am Pacific time on Friday, September 9, activating all those carrier and Apple Store preorders that were lurking in the websites's code.
Needless to say, you can grab the phone directly from Apple, regardless of which carrier you are on by simply supplying the pertinent info, and hitting the many "continue" buttons, now that all the carrier offers are live. You can even check your carrier eligibility for discounts directly from Apple's site, enroll in Apple's own Upgrade program, or sign up for AppleCare to protect your precious.
Apple is providing handy charts for the price of installment plans with each storage option of the new iPhones on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, as well as its own Upgrade and financing programs. Prices start from $649 for the 32 GB iPhone 7, or $27/month for two years, and $769 for the 32 GB 7 Plus, or $32/monthly for the same period.
T-Mobile and AT&T have special offers when it comes to the iPhone 7. T-Mobile already announced that if you currently own an Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 6s or Apple iPhone 6s Plus, you can trade them in, and get up to $650 in monthly bill credits over 24 months., or, exactly the cost a new 32 GB Apple iPhone 7.
With AT&T, on the other hand, you can also get such credit, or directly a free phone. We say directly, as you have to be a DIRECTV customer, new or existing, and will be eligible for a flagship handset gratis when you switch a line. Moreover, AT&T will give you up to $650 in credits when you trade-in your phone for a new one on its installment plans:
Verizon isn't resting on its laurels, either, and is offering the same deal as the rest: "For the first time ever, new and existing Verizon customers can trade in their old iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus for up to $650 credit to get a new iPhone 7 32 GB at no cost." You can also trade plenty of older iPhones or Androids for bill credit: "Have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s or SE? Get up to $400 towards the purchase of your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Or trade in your Android or iPhone 4 device for up to $300 in trade-in value."
Sprint's deal also requires you to lay out the money in advance for the free handset. New and existing Sprint customers can trade in an Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in working condition, and receive a free 32GB Apple iPhone 7. The offer is available with a new activation or with an upgrade, and reimburses Sprint customers with a monthly $27.09 service credit over two years.
Sprint is also offering a separate $100 discount off the 256 GB iPhone 7 models, bringing their cost down to $749. That pricing will only be valid during the preorder phase, and then only until supplies are exhausted. As for the regular retail pricing straight from Apple, here's some more handy tabulation:
|Apple iPhone 7||32 GB||128 GB||256 GB|
|Apple iPhone 7 Plus||32 GB||128 GB||256 GB|