The long wait for the more affordable iPhone XR is nearly over. Following its mid-September announcement alongside the flagship iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, preorders for the $749 XR begin on Friday, October 19th, and the phone will be available the following Friday, October 26th.
Preordering is necessary if you want to receive your new iPhone on launch day. Those who opt out of preordering may be lucky enough to find a new model at a local carrier retail store shortly after launch, though it’s more likely that you may be without one for as long as a few days or weeks.
If you’re set on preordering, get your iPhone ready to trade in, and be prepared to stay up late — no matter where you are in the US.
Boot up the Apple Store app on your iPhone this Friday, October 19th at 12:01AM PT / 3:01AM ET to be among the first to place your order.
If you have an iPhone X, you can get up to $525 in credit toward your purchase through Apple’s GiveBack trade-in program. Even trading in an iPhone 7 can knock $200 off of your final purchase price.
The 64GB XR model is $749, or $37.41 per month for 24 months with Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program. For a XR with 128GB of storage, the outright cost is $799, or $39.50 per month. At the top of the pricing spectrum, the 256GB model costs $899 all at once, or $43.66 per month for 24 months through Apple’s financing.
Keep in mind that an unlocked version isn’t currently offered, and Apple will force you to choose a carrier at checkout.
Preorders for T-Mobile customers begin online at 12:01AM PT / 3:01AM ET on Friday, October 19th. The iPhone XR will be eligible for T-Mobile’s new 36-month plan that will reduce how much you pay each month.
Sprint will open up preorders for the XR on Friday, October 19th. But if you don’t want to stay up late, its Priority Status will let you save a spot in the queue.
If you’re on AT&T’s network, preorders will begin on Friday, starting at 12AM PT / 3AM ET. You can purchase the XR for $749.99 outright, or pay $25 per month for 30 months.
You’ll be able to preorder from U.S. Cellular starting on October 19th at 12:01AM PT / 3:01AM ET. It won’t offer special promotions for trade-ins, but it’s still a good shot to secure the XR before launch day arrives.
Preorders at Verizon begin at 12:01AM PT / 3:01AM ET on October 19th. The 64GB model costs $749.99 outright, and if monthly payments is what you’re after, it will cost $31.24 per month for 24 months. Even paying $37.49 monthly for the 256GB version will bring you within a dollar of its cost outright.
In terms of special offers, Verizon is knocking 25 percent off of iPhone XR cases until the phone’s release on 10/26.
Preorders begin at Sam’s Club at 12:01AM PT / 3:01AM ET on Friday, October 19th. If you preorder the XR and activate it upon its October 26th release for Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile, you’ll receive a $100 Sam’s Club gift card.
If you preorder and activate the XR at Walmart through Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, you’ll receive $100 back in savings. You can reserve a phone on Walmart’s website, though you’ll need to head to your local store to take advantage of this deal.
Are you curious how the iPhone XR stacks up to the iPhone XS and XS Max? We’ve compared each and every spec so that the buying decision is a bit easier.