As expected, Apple has just gone live with iPhone 4 preorders! Starting right this minute, you can hit up Apple’s iPhone pre-order page and put dibs on a shiny new Apple phone for June 24th. Looks like all the nervous waiting and constant webpage refreshing that has consumed your every being for the past several hours has finally paid off all, eh? You can now be one of the first to preorder the iPhone 4 while inventories are still fully stocked and ready to be claimed. Oh, and as we half-expected, Apple is only offering up the Black iPhone 4 at the moment – the White iPhone 4 is listed as “currently unavailable for pre-order or in-store pickup.”
You’ll have to activate your new Apple smartphone on a qualifying AT&T rate plan in order to ensure that you’re charged no more than the advertised price – starting at $199 for the base iPhone 4 with 16GB of storage. Preorders are limited to two per order. In return for following the rules, you’ll get first whack at the all glass-and-steel handset that is sure to give even the most advanced and feature-packed Android phones (cough, EVO 4G, cough) a serious run for their money.
By getting your preorder in now, you guarantee yourself an iPhone 4 on launch day. If you don’t feel like leaving the comforts of your home/couch/bed, Apple will ship the handset to your door on Thursday. If you plan on lining up at your local Apple store – we’ll be at the Palo Alto Apple Store in full force – your preorder status will give you priority entry into the store when doors open on the morning of Thursday, June 24th. That also means you’ll be the first among your group of friends to start playing with the new iOS 4′s multitasking and app-organizing folders, the FaceTime two-way video chat feature (although, you’ll another iPhone 4-wielding friend to connect the call), the 5-megapixel camera, and the new super-resolution Retina Display.
Don’t panic if if you brain farted yourself into a recent iPhone 3GS purchase. Depending on how recently you rashly decided to buy a 3GS, you might be due for a credit towards the purchase of a new iPhone 4 (or a partial refund). And, even if you’re an existing AT&T customer, but still on contract, there’s hope. Any AT&T service contracts that end in 2010 (anytime in 2010) will be eligible for upgrade pricing on an iPhone 4.
We can’t be sure how long preorder supplies will last, so if you’re interested in picking up the new Apple phone on launch day, we suggest you put in your order post haste. Otherwise, don’t come crying to us when you find out that your only option is to wait overnight in line and hope your Apple store doesn’t run out of inventory before you get to the front of the line.
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