The 2018 iPhone lineup release is mere hours away, and Apple will certainly be unveiling all sorts of exciting developments. For most of us, all that really matters is if we can get it immediately.
You can buy it, sure, but people who are on a financing plan for their old phone may be able to upgrade through that plan. According to Gadget Hacks, if you’re on a plan where you pay a monthly amount to cover the cost of say, and iPhone X, you should be eligible for an upgrade in a month. That’s assuming you bought the phone right when it was released—in order to upgrade, you generally have to have been paying your contract for a full 12 months.
This can vary depending on who your contract is with, but if it’s with Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, you’ll definitely need the 12 months and to have been paying for AppleCare+ throughout your contract. Owners of the X might have to pay more than someone still paying off previous iterations. Here’s how you check with your carriers if you’re eligible:
Apple: Sign into Apple’s eligibility checker with your Apple ID that’s connected with your current iPhone Upgrade Program. You can also just enter the IMEI of your iPhone onto the site instead of signing in.
AT&T: Call *639# and then follow the link sent to your phone. You can also sign into MyAT&T to check your eligibility.
Sprint: Sign into Sprint’s eligibility checker with your Sprint account information.
T-Mobile: Sign into your T-Mobile account online or in the app. If you are eligible to get a new phone, there should be an “Upgrade” button visible. (More details.)
The other option is just shooting over to the preorder page and trying to buy one. After you go through all the selection steps and payment method, you should be able to choose the iPhone Upgrade Program or whatever financing program your carrier offers. Look for this before you click “buy,” of course, and it will show you if this is even an option. If it’s not, the company will most likely help you figure out what you need to do—they want to sell these phones as much as you want to buy them.