The latest and greatest iPhones are finally here, boasting awesome new features and snazzy designs. Apple unveiled three new flagship smartphones this year, including the premium iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.
If you’re looking to get a new iPhone but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus may be up your alley. If you’re wondering how you can get your hands on one, read on for our guide to pre-ordering and reserving the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Tips for pre-ordering the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Watching Apple unveil the next generation of iPhones at its keynote was the fun part. Now, it’s time to brace yourself for the pre-ordering. Here are a few tips to help make the process go smoothly:
- Download the Apple Store app: You can use Apple’s website to pre-order your devices, but there’s another option: The Apple Store app. It’s a mobile purchasing portal for all of Apple’s hardware products, and it tends to be quicker and more reliable than Apple’s website..
- Check your upgrade and carrier plan: Regardless of whether you’re on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or T-Mobile, it’s important to make sure you’re eligible for an upgrade under your current plan. If you’re on the iPhone Upgrade Program, you’re good to go if you’ve made 12 months worth of payments.
- Prepare your payment method: If you’re using Apple Pay to complete your purchase, head to Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay on your iPhone and make sure card you want to use is listed. In the Apple Store app, head to the Account section of the app. And if you’re purchasing through your iPhone, go to your Settings, tap on your Apple ID, and head to Payment settings.
- Choose your device: Wondering which iPhone to buy? Don’t pull the trigger without doing a bit of research beforehand. We broke down all the differences in our iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 8 Plus comparison post.
Pre-orders at the Apple website are open now.
How to buy an unlocked iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus
If you who don’t want to buy the iPhone through a carrier, there’s another option: You can get it unlocked from Apple. You’ll have to pay full price, but Apple offers financing options to help out.
The iPhone 8 starts at $700 for the 64GB version, and the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus costs $800. Pre-orders for the devices opened on September 15, and both phones hit retail on September 22.
You can get either phones through Apple’s iPhone upgrade program, a 24-month installment plan that lets you upgrade to a new iPhone every 12 months. For the 64GB iPhone 8, you’ll pay $34.50 per month, while the 256GB version will set you back $40.75 per month. The 64GB iPhone 8 Plus costs $39.50 per month, and the 256GB version runs $45.75 per month.
Buying the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus from wireless carriers
If you want to buy the iPhone through your carrier, you’re in luck. It will be available on every major carrier in the U.S. Here’s a quick rundown of each carrier, when they’re offering the latest iPhone, and how much it will cost.
T-Mobile confirmed it is offering the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and online pre-orders are open now. The company also noted that if you trade in an iPhone 6 or newer in good condition, you’ll get $300 off through monthly bill credits over 24 months.
Here is pricing for the iPhone 8 at T-Mobile:
- iPhone 8 64GB: $700, or $29.17 per month with no down payment for a limited time.
- iPhone 8 256GB: $850, or $28 per month with a $178 down payment.
- iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB: $800 or $30 per month with a $80 down payment.
- iPhone 8 Plus 256 GB: $950 or $30 per month with a $230 down payment.
AT&T confirmed it is offering the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and pre-orders are open now, with full sales beginning September 22.
- iPhone 8 64GB: $700, $23.34 per month with AT&T Next, $29.17 per month with AT&T Every Year
- iPhone 8 256GB: $850, $28.34 per month with AT&T Next, $35.42 per month with AT&T Every Year
- iPhone 8 Plus 64GB: $800, $26.67 per month with AT&T Next, $33.34 per month with AT&T Every Year
- iPhone 8 Plus 256GB: $950, $31.67 per month with AT&T Next, $39.59 per month with AT&T Every Year
Sprint has the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus available for pre-order now, and it’s guaranteeing the lowest monthly lease price of any carrier. In fact, it’s offering customers who see a better offer a Visa Card or one-time credit for the price difference.
Since pre-sales began, Sprint announced it has tweaked its offer for the iPhone 8 64GB model. Under its Sprint Flex plan, qualified customers can lease the device for $0 per month for 18 months by activating a new line and trading in an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, or Galaxy Note 8. The offer is also available for existing Sprint customers who own the iPhone 7.
After the 18 months are over, customers can either return the phone and upgrade to a new device or pay the regular $29.17 per month for six more months to own the device.
If you don’t have an eligible trade-in device, you can get the iPhone 8 64 GB with Sprint Flex for $29.17 per month.
For the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, new and existing customers will receive 50 percent off the Sprint Flex Plan each month for 18 months if they trade in the following devices:
- iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus
- Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5
- LG G6, LG V20
- Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL
- Moto Z Droid, Z Play, Z Force Droid, Z2 Play, Z2 Force
Like T-Mobile, Verizon is offering the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for up to $300 off if you sign up for Verizon Unlimited and trade in one of a few select phones. Verizon’s pre-orders went live on Friday, September 15, and the carrier will begin selling the phones in stores on September 22.
Here is the pricing info for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from Verizon:
- iPhone 8: Starts at $700, or $29.17 per month for 24 months.
- iPhone 8 Plus: Starts at $800, or $33.33 per month for 24 months.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at U.S. Cellular started on Friday, September 15, ahead of the phones’s September 22 launch date.
U.S. Cellular offers retail installment pricing which allows customers to pay off their smartphones — including the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus — over a 30-month period.
For the iPhone 8, the carrier is offering a specific monthly payment plan. New customers who switch to the carrier can get an iPhone 8 for free with a qualified turn-in, or for $10 per month if they don’t turn in their device. Current U.S. Cellular customers can upgrade to the iPhone 8 for $12 per month with a qualified turn-in.
Qualifying turn-in devices include the iPhone 6 or newer, Samsung Galaxy S6 or newer, Samsung Note 5 or newer, and the LG G6 or newer.
Prepaid carrier FreedomPop has a new limited-time offer that cuts the iPhones’ prices nearly in half. Starting Friday, September 15, it’s offering up to $400 back for eligible used iPhones toward the purchase of a new one.
In addition, FreedomPop is launching a $1-a-month data plan exclusively for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, forthcoming iPhone X, and any iPhone newer than the iPhone 6. It includes 500 voice minutes, 500 texts, and up to 500MB of data.
Update: Added Sprint’s new offer for the iPhone 8