Interested in reserving a new Apple iPhone 4S? Here's what you need to know in order to get your hands on Apple's slick new smartphone the day it launches -- or shortly thereafter.
At Apple's online store, you can select between the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPhone models in black and white, and you can select which carrier you'd like to service your iPhone 4S.
Note: As of this writing, on October 10, 2010, Apple's online store notes that all iPhone 4S handsets will ship in "1-2 weeks." That means you will likely not receive the iPhone 4S on the official launch date, October 14.
AT&T is offering the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPhone 4S models in both black and white. You can select a phone and a plan. Voice options range from $39.99 a month (450 minutes) to $69.99 a month (unlimited minutes).
Three data plans are available: 200MB ($15 per month), 2GB ($25 per month), and 4GB (includes Internet tethering; $45 per month).
You also have a choice of two messaging plans: pay per message (20 cents per text) and unlimited messaging ($20 per month). Gone are the $5-per-month (200 messages) and $15-per-month (1500 messages) options that AT&T offered with the iPhone 4.
If you select AT&T's cheapest plans, you'll pay $54.99 a month. That gives you 450 calling minutes, 200MB of data, and no messages.
Sprint is offering the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPhone 4S models in both black and white. The site says that Sprint will "do [its] best to get a shiny new iPhone in your hands Friday, Oct. 14 or Saturday, Oct. 15."
Sprint's page highlights the fact that it is the only carrier offering an unlimited data plan for the iPhone 4S. Sprint's individual plans start at $69.99 a month (450 voice minutes, unlimited data, unlimited messages) and go up to $99.99 a month (unlimited voice minutes, unlimited data, unlimited messages).
If you select Sprint's cheapest plan, you'll pay $69.99 a month. That gives you 450 voice minutes, unlimited data, and unlimited messages.
Verizon Wireless is offering the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPhone 4S models in both black and white. As of October 10, the site says it will deliver the iPhone 4S by 10/21/2011.
Verizon's voice plans start at $59.99 per month (450 voice minutes, unlimited texts) and go up to $89.99 a month (unlimited minutes). Data plans start at $30 per month (2GB of data) and go up to $100 per month (12GB of data plus mobile hotspot service).
If you select Verizon's cheapest plans, you'll pay $89.99 a month. That gives you 450 voice minutes, 2GB of data, and unlimited messages.