Apple promises iPhone X stock at retail stores on Nov. 3 as other retailers announce discounts

Despite Nikkei Asian Review’s report that Apple is only getting half of its planned number of iPhone X shipments this year due to a lack of components for the new 3D camera, Apple has promised “iPhone X will be available in more than 55 countries and territories, and in Apple Stores beginning Friday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. local time.” The company does give a nod to supply constraints, however, saying walk-in customers are “encouraged to arrive early.” Those in Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program can also start the pre-approval process for their loan in the Apple Store app, which will speed up the process of getting an iPhone X on launch day.
Other U.S. retailers are rolling out their own offers, with Verizon offering $300 off an iPhone X for those trading in an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7 or 7 Plus. The iPhone 6, 6 Plus or SE will net a $200 rebate, while an iPhone 5, 5s or 5c is worth $100. T-Mobile is offering a $300 rebate with a trade-in on most of those models, but will pay whatever the traded phone is worth up front (say $300 for an iPhone 7 or $100 for an iPhone SE), and then reduce the monthly payment by the remaining amount to get the total rebate up to $300 (so nothing more for the iPhone 7 and $200 spread over 24 monthly payments for the iPhone SE). Sprint has the biggest possible rebate so far at $350, but won’t accept an iPhone 5, 5s, 5c or SE for a trade-in.

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