TiPb Asks: Are you pre-ordering an iPhone 4S and if so, which one?

TiPb Asks: Are you pre-ordering an iPhone 4S and if so, which one?

In a few hours, at 12:01am PDT / 3:01am EDT, iPhone 4S pre-orders will begin. So... are you pre-ordering? Or if you're reading this later, did you pre-order? If so, let us know what you're getting (or what you got!) Black or white? 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB? GSM/AT&T or Verizon or Sprint CDMA?

Any problems with the ordering process? Did you get a confirmation? What's the shipping date? So. Many. Questions!

Make sure you jump into the TiPb iPhone 4S forums and help us keep track!

If you're not pre-ordering, are you waiting to stand in line at the Apple Store on launch day? Are you waiting for some other reason? Are you skipping iPhone 4S entirely?


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dloveprod says:

Preordering 64 gb black. I'd appreciate it if all of you can wait til 3:05 to order, I want to get right back to sleep before the site goes down.
Thanks :-)

Brenden Donaher says:

White 64GB from Rogers. 6AM sharp :)

keith06t says:

I'm getting a white 32gb with AT&T. I know AT&T sucks but Sprint is just as bad in Chicago and Verizon's talk OR use data service is simply a JOKE. Most of the digital world seems to be against the 4S so I'm not expecting any kinks when I order...

Gervais says:

Would love to get the new one but AT&T isn't subsidizing the phones this year so I won't be getting this Iphone because I'd rather get the next Iphone and since I'll be out of my contract, it will be on either Sprint or Verizon. Maybe I should be thanking AT&T for their cheapness as they've effectively made it so I'll no longer be chained to their crappy reception and dropped calls. The only reason I stuck around was because they subsidized the price of the new Iphone every year. Now that that's gone, so am I come June.

jbrandonf says:

What are you on about? They did subsidize the price. Do you have an upgrade?

Oliverf says:

Staying up late on the East Coast to grab a white 32GB for the wifey (she's been using my old 3GS and totally deserves it) and a new black 64GB for myself.
I will keep the 3GS around for the
Ankle biters and likely sell my black 32 GB 4.

Rhino says:

White 16gb AT&T if I can make it up till 3 am!

Stephen S says:

White 64gb at target. Use my discount WOOHOO!

Morac says:

I didn't think Target was selling it.

Avenged says:

Plan on picking up a white 32GB on AT&T at the door on the 14th if I can get the money together...

FlopTech Engineering says:

Sad to say that I'll be skipping the 4S. I'm on the 3G -> 4 -> 2012 "even year" track because I missed out on the original 2G.
This cell carrier 2-year lock-in scam is ripe for some industrial-strength "disruptive innovation." I'm looking forward to seeing the carriers getting thrown down the "dumb pipe" staircase.

Scott Papak says:

Apple Store Down! Let the countdown begin

Joe Mcg says:

16gb black AT&T. I can't wait to start bossing Siri around...

Ian Burns says:

Same here, but white for me, I like the look of it, and I've only seen a couple around here.

RJ Salewicz II says:

wouldnt it be cool if you could call siri by name lol cant wait either!!!

rj5570 says:

Black 16 two hours to go :)

FlopTech Engineering says:

You lucky people about to get a 4S should pre-order. It's the only way to fly. Unless, of course, you actually want to share in the communal line experience at an Apple Store. Been there. Done that. Got the 3G after waiting hours thanks to AT&T's feeble servers.

jmmajor1 says:

Sprint - White 16gb - First iPhone! Yay me!

jmmajor1 says:

Oh Sprint, I've been trying to preorder my iPhone 4S for 45 minutes now with no luck. I hope this is not a predictor of what phone service will be like now that you have the iPhone. Going to keep trying....

vinayp88 says:

white 32gb or 64gb for att. haven't made up my mind on which size i really want

Justine says:

32gb White outright/unlocked in Oz if all goes well..

DiamondDNice says:

Herman Cain is that you? lol. Just kidding. I still prefer black. ;)

Jordan Rice says:

nope, no way I'm paying $350 over the early upgrade price.... I'll wait till a completely factory unlocked version comes out and then I'll buy it, or maybe just wait till the 5...

Steve Wright says:

I'll be ordering a 16GB in basic black at 2am PDT from Rogers.

Zak McIntyre says:

Yes, I will be getting a white 4S with 16 GB of memory. After a long wait and much anticipation, I was pretty bummed after Tuesday's announcement. However, after weighing my options (after all, I sold my iPhone 4 months ago to get full price out of it) I just can't use this iPhone 3G for a moment longer! Now if they drop another iPhone between now and my next fall, I'm going to be perturbed.......

Mika Aville says:

If we order through AT&T can we pick them up in the store?

Djw040679 says:

32gb in White I think but still not decided fully on colour.

Chatbox8558 says:

Verison 64gb black first iphone

Terry Dio says:

64 gig in Blk on Verizon

GeorgeDW says:

I suppose I'll be preordering, white 64GB, though I may not give up my 3GS for daily use until an untethered jailbreak is out. Even with all the enhancements, for everyday use IMO jailbroken 3GS beats stock 4S. I can't live withou SBSettings, Activator, and multifl0w. Only reason I would still preorder is to ensure that my upgrade period comes around by the time the next iPhone comes out, and sell the 4S for the price of the upgrade.

Raghu Chandra Prodduturi says:

If sold sim-free from today in US then I will be ordering a 32gb white iPhone 4S. Else I will be ordering a 16gb White iPhone 4S in UK.

Daniel Tilem says:

Sprint - Black 16 gb - Also first iPhone. Cautiously optimistic. Coming from webOS to iOS. I will be reading the switchers guide the moment my order is final.

Angel says:

I will be going back to Verizon for my iPhone 4S. Right now I have a iPhone 4 on AT&T an my service is awful. That's the only reason I'm holding onto my VZW upgrade till next year.

flyfishwyo says:

Ordering 2 4S's from Verizon. One black, one white.

Spkphotos says:

64GB White factory unlocked.
I'm in Canada.

jaylovett21 says:

AT&T 16gb White...switching from T-Mobile to AT&T happy to get the discounted intro price

Jim Nichols says:

32GB, Black, Sprint. The unlimited Data is calling. This will be my 1st iPhone. I've been using phones that offer Data only plans for the past 7 years on T-Mobile, now that no one offers this, it's time for an iPhone. Plus after using an iPod touch for a almost a year I can't wait to dump my BlackBerry! I've been a Mac user since 1990, I've gone too long without an iPhone!

GreenDize12 says:

I'll probably be getting it Unlocked since AT&T is giving me the finger on an upgrade. Oh well, getting the phone Unlocked when my contract expires I'll do as I please with the phone. The only thing I can hope for is that a Jailbreak will come along sooner rather than later. I'll be needing MyWi and BiteSMS plus all those game emulators. SBSettings and everything else I can live without.

Stynkfysh says:

I am considering picking up the 64Gb version but California Tax is a bitch. They tax on the full retail price here. This isn't the same in all states, is it?

Frederick Alfaro says:

att Grandfathered into unlimited :)

JustinTime says:

did u see the unlimited plan ? i don't see it..

Morac says:

I'm leaning towards the black AT&T 32 GB to replace my 16 GB 3GS. I might go 64 GB, but I already have a 64 GB AT&T iPad 2 and don't expect to need 64 GB for the phone. Then again 1080p videos and 8 MP photos will take up room.
There's also AppleCare+, which I haven't decided if I should get or not. I've never broken my 3GS, but I know a few people who broke their iPhone 4s. The AppleCare+ would save a lot of money if a 32 or 64 GB breaks, but it only covers drops and liquid damage. Loss, theft and wear and tear damage aren't covered.
On a side note, on AT&T's site, it says I'm eligible for an upgrade, but I get errors when I try to shop. It was working the other day so I assume it's down for the 4S.
2nd note: Discover gives 5% cash back on purchases from the Apple Store, if you go through the link on Discover's site.

Moe says:

Thanks for the Discover heads up

Morac says:

Amazon gives good trade in deals for iPhones, even the 3GS (about $150 in good condition). It's in Amazon credit, but you can get nearly anything on Amazon.

Morac says:

The app is disabled. Also the app didn't integrate into the phone's functionality.

Z Kent says:

Too disappointing. I'll be skipping this. In fact, I'm retiring my iphone 4 with my Samsung Galaxy S II and giving it to my brother after 3 new iphones 4s. Too small of a screen on the new iphone.

svesper says:

Can't upgrade without paying an extra $250,00 more. I already give AT&T too much money! I ordered mine on launch day last year and won't be eligible for an upgrade until Nov 18. Is anyone else stuck paying full price who ordered on launch day last year?

Morac says:

Hasn't worked for me as of last week.

Ask12 says:

Pac Bell, Titanium, 256k

DiamondDNice says:

no because i can't afford it yet and i want the 64GB black i Sprint model. But i need to wait. Hopefully not wrong but i need to make sure i can afford it.

Sunnyr22 says:

I have a family plan from att with a bill of 200 and i am eligibile. att said most prolly i will be able to upgrade by october next yr, if not i can use another line upgrade and cross over to my line.

Sunnyr22 says:

had a white iphone 4, yellows fast and looks unclean after a month will go with black instead 32 gb

Mike Thezier says:

AT&T - 16GB Black! My first iPhone... STOKED!

Devinfowlkes15 says:

I just order mine from verizon i started at 2:53 =)

Andrew Flores says:

ill probably preorder at best buy.... i have gotten an iPhone every year from them with virtually no lines

Lee Sixta says:

~~ ONE 64 white 4S, and ONE 32 BLACK. ...

Ian Burns says:

Yeah, I really don't see the need for the 64 GB, some people may not, but I'd never fill it up!

DiamondDNice says:

ha crazy. sprints site is basically frozen. lol

Mika Aville says:

Oh that's cool AT&T and Apple... don't let me Preorder yet. That's cool. Obviously Verizon is a bigger Apple insider than Apple.

Mika Aville says:

So is AT&T. Only Sprint and Verizon are taking preorders.

dwinsmith says:

I'm gonna wait in line on launch day like every previous year to get my White 32 or 64 GB iPhone 4S on AT&T.

dloveprod says:

I'm not gonna get any sleep tonight at this rate.

Mad says:




Thr says:

apple store not working...

Stynkfysh says:

Ok, bought 64GB white... better be noticeably better or it be goin' back..

Lisa Cuozzo says:

how did you order it? on apples site or thru ur wireless provider? the apple store still says we will be back shortly

Stynkfysh says:

Yeah, wireless carrier. Apple's site and app are out of action...

Lisa Cuozzo says:

do you got verizon or atnt?

Stynkfysh says:

Verizon. The setup some annoying preorder website that has issues, but the 4th time I confirmed the order and the 2nd time filling out the web forms it worked. I don't think the site likes google chrome browser.

Madison Bryan says:

Apple's website is FROZEN. AT&T wont process my account... I'm pissed.

Sunnyr22 says:

damn verizon already started , but not apple and att website

EMR1 says:

Verizon 1-32Gb Blk & 1-64Gb Blk

so.long.pre says:

this is like standing in a virtual line

rob says:

well this is officially frustrating...

SB says:

Black 16GB Verizon. All those 1080p recordings though-- Starting to feel like I should've went with the 32..

Matt says:

god damn im so tired been up since 5:30 AM almost 24 hours just to get an iphone 4s

keith06t says:

Should I get white or black? Some people say that the white iphone has poorer camera performance. Any white iphone 4 owners have any advice?

Sunnyr22 says:

typically stuff get under the glass and looses its shine currently have a white iphone 4, going with the black iphone 4s, camera seems the same

Thr says:

anyone get through apple.com?

rob says:

no, this is a joke. i'm so tired of apple's bs

Mak says:

well... I DID IT!!! I AM LEAVING ANDROID AND I JUST PRE-ORDERED MY NEW IPHONE 4S 32G IN BLACK!!!! now its time for bed because it is 323am

Bobbyp says:

Nope still down for me

Mika Aville says:

I have both AT&T Website and Apple website constantly refreshing. All the while calling Apple over and over again.

Madison Bryan says:

Same! "Thank you for calling apple... blah blah blah!"

Mika Aville says:

Exactly... I'm like...CLICK. Redial.

Bobyp says:

forgot im also trying the appstore on the iphone too LOL


got threw then they say

Taluma says:

ATT doesn't have 4Gs as an option yet as of 12:26am PST... :(

Bobbyp says:

Good thing I am sick... but tired, hopefully it opens up soon

Brutal152 says:

So......27 min later and they are still updating the store...

Russell Nutt says:

just bought 16GB, black (verizon)! Apple's site and phone number both rejected me, but had ZERO problems through vzw.com now I can sleep!

tail24 says:

damn you att i made it all the way to billing info hit send and your website crashed, right at 3:03 et. Now ive been hitting refresh on browser for 30 mins and sitting on hold on the phone for 35!!! hope I can get one this is way too early in am just to be left frustrated

jodogg7ny says:

ATT iPhone 4S, 32GB... that is.. if the site ever comes up..

Clintaustin26 says:

Apple store is STILL down at 1:30 mountain so I went to verizon's site and preordered. Woohoo!


just ordered mine from vzn White 32g iPhone 4Steve

Joseole1 says:

Ordered a white 32gb from Verizon. Hopefully it will come a couple of days early like the iPhone 4 did.



Mike Thezier says:

well.. this is definitely taking away the fun of pre-ordering at midnight... I've giving it a few more minutes and then I'm going to bed and trying in the morning.

Sunnyr22 says:

virtually there is no difference standing in line outside the apple store or going through this waitgame torture. ATT website totally crashed, apple, att phone lines not working either

Mika Aville says:

Sometimes I get confused and refresh TiPB also.

Rayk62 says:

WTF??? 4 launches and they still can't get this figured out?

paulrkiii says:

I was JUST thinking the same thing.....almost makes me want to say screw it.....almost....

Manny3807 says:

Its going to be a long night!

Nick Powers says:

Can't believe I'm going through this AGAIN, nearly 15 months later. I'm like an abused spouse that just keeps coming back for more.

Jay says:

I can't buy my iPod nano jesus can i skip the line Apple I don't care about the iPhone 4s



Bobbyp says:

got through!!! on apple att



ripcity00 says:

black 4s 32gb and 16gb through verizon - online confirmation, but no confirmation email - says can take up to 2 hours

Bobbyp says:

Man, now i can go back to sleep. White iphone 4s 32gb. Att wouldnt work for me just went through apple direct

Ksetzer says:

Done ordered from apple white 64

Mika Aville says:

It gave me a reservation number...


wont let me select 2gb...

Mika Aville says:

Why am I unable to complete my order right now?
We are currently unable to reach your carrier’s systems to process the information that you have provided. We will hold on to the information you have entered and use it to confirm phone pricing and eligibility for your account.
Fuck you AT&T.

rob says:

all that for a reservation? i have to wait more for this???

Nick Powers says:

I knew AT&T would break this. Seriously, every other provider has it together but them. Fantastic, AT&T. Thanks for your quality service. If I lived ANYWHERE else, I'd dump you.

impaler says:

No true. Sprint is broken.

jbrandonf says:

Give them a break. Their network will be the one to get most orders because of the existing customer base and because of its GSM advantages.

impaler says:

Sprint.com s*** the bed early on. Useless. Trying through Apple. Got to the last page and crapped out.

Duckdive117 says:

did you happen to notice the there posts? Every carrier and the apple store are having issues!

FrankRow says:

What's going on? Apple FAIL


apple.com keeps crashing at different areas

FrankRow says:

on chrome and it's working so far but slow as heck. ?It however made me change my text plan from 1500 to unlimited. I don't like that but will change later. 'Keeping fingers crossed"

Mika Aville says:

I'm using moms upgrade hope I still get to us my grandfathered unlimited plan.

FrankRow says:

just as i say that if fails. unexpected error


has anyone been succesful on apple website, which browser?

Kenscott126 says:

Nope. Trying with Safari on iMac and iPad. No juice. Argggg

IXInaplesIXI says:

you know i would call but i dont have service.... iFustrated

impaler says:

This is nuts. 4:03 on the east coast, and I have to work. I need this crap to work.

DocGo says:

Unlocked white 64gb! Yay!

jjb70 says:

Finally got in through ATT site. 16GB Black.
Guess that's why they call us "earl adopters". Going back to bed! :)

jtorrebl says:

you sure you didn't get the 4,
4S is not found on the website yet, duh.

impaler says:

Good news is those of us with unlimited data, if you order through Apple, it keeps it.

Manny says:

Att site super smooth, ordered 16gb white in less than a minute!!!

Morac says:

Argh! Got all the way to the end on Apple's site and got a "your request couldn't be process" because of high volume with a message to try again later This happened twice so far! I can't get past the "Processing information" step after picking my data plan.
Now I can't get past the are you a new or existing customer step.

Pinny says:

trying to preorder, but keep getting errors, both on att's site and apple's

Flintchesthair says:

im down to check out and it wont let me. why is this so hard apple!!!!

FrankRow says:

how? i'm trying and getting a red error box.

Nick Powers says:

Anyone else seeing "Shop Not Found" with AT&T? Trying through Apple and AT&T and nothing thus far.

gatornathan says:

just got through on at&t store. apple store was still down at the time. white 32g 4s. good luck to all.

DDay says:

64GB Black on ATT. Finally got thru. Emailed confirmation helps me sleep somewhat easy.

Iheartgirtrude says:

Grrrrrrrrrr. I stayed up until 3am for nothing. Fuck this.


been proccessing for 15 mins


apple store still failing

GreenDize12 says:

I've tried but it's a no for me. I gotta be up to get to work in a few hours. If they sell out by 6:35am PDT then I'll wait til November when the official Unlocked version comes out, and make that my B-day/X-mas gift.


what do i do if i am a new sprint


sprint.com and when u select iphone4s select new customer


apple store still sucking...

FrankRow says:

This is bull crap. Apple and AT&T should have a better process than this. It's not fucking worth it. I'm done and going to sleep, got to work in 4 hours. By the time I'm up these will be sold out. This is some bullshit. I'm fucking pissed!!!

Nick Powers says:

Any tips on AT&T? I keep getting "Shop Not Found" error on multiple links for AT&T. How are people getting through?

Mike Thezier says:

"Please wait while we process your request."...........


and then it will fail and u have to start over

Sunnyr22 says:

screw this shit verizon orders going smooth screw att

Jay says:

I have to use the Apple Store...have a gift card....blah


your request could not be processed...

Matt says:

Wh cant they figure this shit out. they launch a new phone every year and every year it crashes shouldn't they learn by now. Maybe use that huge datacenter they got and put it to use for ording then icloud or whatever. this is rediculious.

Brett Harvey says:

no, I'm getting the Samsung Galaxy S II or the New Nexus. Been an iPhone fan since the beginning, iPhone 4s was a big disappointment, especially after 16 months and hardly a new design.


fuck this im getting a droid. goodnight

rrodrig02 says:

wow every thing is over loaded!! iphone 4s hurry up apple

Jgun1015 says:

I'm thru with apple. IPhone 4s is a disappointment in my eyes. Hello galexy s2 hahaha by far the best phone on at&t. TRUST ME!!!!

Ucfpinay says:

Yep! AT&T Upgrade pre-ordering still isn't working!!

Jvwong96 says:

AT&T is the culprit right now, I can get through to the Apple Store just fine online but fails during account verification.....


apple.com is more broken than LaMichael James' arm...

so.long.pre says:

Just got through with sprint! Black 16g

Matt says:

First try I got all the way thru to choose my data plan...then FAIL. Since then, nothing...getting sleepy

Duckdive117 says:

FINIISHED AND IT ONLY TOOK 1HR & 30MIN!!!! Sprint 16gb 4s, I did it through sprints website.

Sunnyr22 says:

just heard att servers have shut down. apple cannot connect to them. F U Att

Pinny says:

soooo tired, I'll try again in the morning. Why is this so hard - I thought no one was upgrading??

Edwill Luna says:

dont log on to sprint then go to sprint.com and you should be able to preorder worked for me

Deboeg says:

Got through..32gb Black ATT

Larry Ganz says:

It's 2:40 AM and I've been trying to order for 45 minutes but the Apple website times out when checking eligibility with ATT. I did check eligibility 2 days ago and 3 of my 5 lines are eligible, but they don't retain that info and so now they can't get through to ATT to check again.

Nick Powers says:

"We are temporarily unable to take iPhone orders..."
AT&T. Wonder if Verizon calls that up on Apple's site?
Edit 2: Yep. Verizon prompts that too. Looks like we broke Apple's servers real good. Or they sold out. Hopefully not that, though.

Pinny says:

I'm getting that too now. :(


apple, u make me angry right now

Joemhz says:

Can you just imagine what this would be like if there was an iphone 5 !


all this time then it doesnt work??


this is abuse. i have work in 2 hours

Brandon Moriguchi says:

I just ordered the Sprint iPhone 4S 32gb model. All I did was go to Sprint's Online Store go to the iPhone 4s preorder page and logged in. Then I went to my history and was able to order it....so complicated...took me like 10 minutes though :)

Mike Thezier says:

Finally got mine ordered through the AT&T site! YAY! iPhone 4S 16GB Black!

dloveprod says:

The link says planned_outage, did they just run out? :-|

Sunnyr22 says:

Every one att website opened up completely, apple is down....just placed order at att

Nick Powers says:

How's that? I'm getting a "Store Not Found" error page for all AT&T websites.

NevadaScott#IM says:

Dragon Go. same thing. it's not bad really

dloveprod says:

They just gave me a reservation number and said I will be able to complete the order later, will I still get it on the 14th?

Nick Powers says:

"Shop Not Found". Craziness. Got two confirmations of reservation right now, so no biggie. I'll roll with that, and if it isn't good to go, then I'll just hop over to the Apple Store on launch day.

bang says:

att users go to att its working now

Paul Kempton III says:

Got one reserved at apple.com and got one actually ordered at AT&T just now...

Tino72 says:

I preordered the vzw black 32gb and a mophie juice pack plus (74.99)compny disc
Giving my 4 to my wife.stinks though it doesn't give me the usual bill to my account option like it usually does. Looks like it's because of the preorder

Tino72 says:

Not a single issue ordering either. Right from my iPad 2 still in bed. Back to sleep

bang says:

go go go go go to at&t website

Kenscott126 says:

Did you lose your unlimited data? It says that mine required a different Data plan that they chose for me.



akingtrey says:

Been trying since 2cst and it's now after 4, but AT&T order just went through for 64/black. Goodbye iPhone 4, hello 4s....now to deal with eBay tomorrow :-/

Carlos Castellanos says:

iPhone 4S, Verizon, 32GB Black! :D

Bat Droppings says:

64GB BLK 4s. Apple site crapped out over and over. Finally went to ATT (god I hate admitting that) and got through immediately. Hopefully will be delivered on the 14th!

rzandel1980 says:

It only took me an hour and a half, 3 different web browsers, and many attempts @ both apple's online store and the Sprint website, but in the end Sprint and use of Firefox won out! iPhone 4S 64 GB in Blk is officially pre-ordered on Sprint! Best of all, my upgrade kicked in on Oct. 1st! :)

rzandel1980 says:

Oh yeah, coming from an Evo 3D. And happy I'm switching :)

Fred124 says:

Att website working now Got it!

RagedUSMC says:

ordered mine thru Apple, only got a reservation and that i will will get an email on what to do next

Kelly Mellen says:

why does it not lett me choose my unlimited plan on AT&T?

Ashere says:

Why can ti choode unlimitied data on AT&T?

Bdotmidi says:

yes finally!!! got one from apple store app on my ipad and just got one on att site

Kenscott126 says:

For anyone who used AT&T and had the unlimited plan did you lose it? I was able to get through, but it tells me that I require a different plan and that they have chosen one for me. I don't want to lose me unlimited. Please advise.

Noblejohn1 says:

16 GB white (two). Wanted a 32GB due to 1080p videos and 8mp camera but I'm assumib photo stream will will handle that for me. #thankyoustevejobsfor

Jn says:

16 GB white (two). Wanted a 32GB due to 1080p videos and 8mp camera but I'm assumib photo stream will will handle that for me. #thankyoustevejobsfor

Kenscott126 says:

Anyone do the reserve method on the Apple.com site able to successfully complete your order?

RagedUSMC says:

Mine said it was reserved as well, i read in the forum someone got a reserved and 20 minutes later received another email to complete his order. Hope this helps.