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How, when, and where to preorder the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Susie Ochs, Caitlin McGarry | Sept. 14, 2015
Preorders started last Friday.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is getting its preorders started one minute early, opening its online floodgates as soon as the clock strikes midnight last Friday.

The carrier also has one of the best deals when it comes to iPhone upgrades. The company’s new Jump On Demand installment plan for the 6s lets you pay $20 a month with no money down, and the 6s Plus is just $24 per month. After 18 months, you either give the phone back or pay $164 to pay it off in full. (That brings the total cost to $524, which is a $125 discount over retail.)

Sprint

Sprint has some killer deals to win you over when it starts taking preorders at 12:01 a.m. Pacific/3:01 a.m. Eastern.

With Sprint’s iPhone Forever program, which begins for 6s and 6s Plus buyers on Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. local time, Sprint customers can buy a 6s for as low as $15 a month and the 6s Plus for $19 a month—but only for trading in an old iPhone. If you don’t take the trade-in offer, the 6s is $22 a month and the 6s Plus is $26 a month.

Consider it a 22-month lease. After the 22 months is up, you can go month-to-month, trade in and upgrade to the next iPhone (for free), or pay off the remaining balance of the lease and keep it.

Verizon

Verizon isn’t messing around with leases when it opens iPhone preorders at 12:01 a.m. Pacific last Sept. 12.

The carrier is offering two options: Pay the full price up-front and be done with it, or spread the full price over two years. Either way, you’re paying off that phone. But Verizon is offering big bucks for old iPhone trade-ins, which could bring your costs down. Trading in an iPhone 6 Plus will get you $400, and a 6 is $350—that’s more than the $325 Apple offers for an iPhone 6 trade-in. There are also deals for older iPhones, from 4 through 5s, so Verizon customers should check out their trade-in options to see if the discount makes paying in-full an option.

 

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