Where To Buy an iPhone 4

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The iPhone 4 is coming and you want one in your hands as soon as humanly possible. Upgrades! Retail outlets! Pre-sales! It's all a bit overwhelming. Take a deep breath: here's where you can pre-order your new iPhone.


Some things to note:
• All of the locations below offer pre-order, starting tomorrow, except for Walmart, which will just have the new iPhone on launch day.
• Apple.com is the only place to pre-order online. Update: Apparently you can pre-order online at AT&T starting tomorrow as well.
• AT&T and Apple are the only two of the bunch that sounded confident that you could get your iPhone 4 shipped to your house on the 24th, saving you from potential soul- and body-crushing line experiences on launch day.
• Best Buy's $50 down payment is in the form of a gift card, so if you change your mind between tomorrow and the 24th, you won't be out any cash.
• Prices, as previously stated, are $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB for the upgrade eligible; $399 and $499 respectively for an early upgrade.
• Radioshack will be allowing customers to trade in old gadgets—specifically phones, camreas, and game consoles, for credit towards the new iPhone. Call your local Radioshack for details.
• You can check your AT&T upgrade eligibility right here.


When and where do I order: At any Apple Store tomorrow at opening or on Apple's website
When do I get it: On the 24th, at the Apple Store at which you reserved it, or shipped to your house or business.
When do I pay: On the 24th when you pick it up


When and where do I order: At AT&T's site or In-store at any iPhone-selling AT&T retail location starting tomorrow at opening
When do I get it: on the 24th, at that AT&T location or shipped to your home or business (it'll arrive on the 24th).
When do I pay: In full tomorrow when you pre-order


Best Buy

When and where do I order: In-store at any Best Buy location starting tomorrow at opening
When do I get it: On the 24th, during an appointment they'll call you to set up a few days before
When do I pay $50 tomorrow, which goes to a gift card redeemable toward the full price paid on the 24th.



When and where do I order: In-store at any RadioShack location starting tomorrow morning
When do I get it: In that store on the 24th
When do I pay: $50 down payment tomorrow, the rest on the 24th



When and where do I order: In-store at any Walmart location starting on the 24th—no pre-orders
When do I get it: Right when you buy it
When do I pay: Right when you walk in


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I'm so conflicted. Should I ditch my dumbphone and pay $840 a year for the iPhone 4 contract? Keep in mind that I'm 14 and make only 2-3 thousand, inconsistently I may add.