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iPhone 4S: Pre-order start time, Apple Store down concerns and preference

Following on from the recent unveiling of Apple’s iPhone 4S smartphone and then the tragic news about co-founder Steve Jobs passing away, it’s now time to put a smile back on the faces of Apple fans. Today is pre-order day for the iPhone 4S and consumers have a decision to make on which network to opt with.

As you probably already know, Sprint has now acquired the iPhone to their lineup for the first time and it will mean that consumers in the US now have a three networks to choose from, as opposed to the iPhone 4 launch in the US with only AT&T and Verizon available.

There is no better carrier officially, as it will all come down to experience and consumer preference on which network you think is the best. AT&T perhaps lack in the customer service department in some consumers eyes, while Verizon’s prices are generally high and Sprint’s network reception has come in for criticism at times.

One thing is for certain though – the iPhone 4S will not be cheap. Sprint seems to be a good deal though, at $69.99 for 450 minutes and $99.99 for unlimited voice minutes. Unlike AT&T and Verizon, Sprint will also offer unlimited data for an added $10 a month on top. AT&T and Verizon now used their tiered data plans now, so unless you are grandfathered into unlimited data from a previous deal, Sprint seems to be a good choice for data-conscious users.

You’ll be able to pre-order the new iPhone 4S, starting from 12.01 PT on Friday, so just a few hours away. This pre-order time will also apply for UK consumers who are looking to get the iPhone 4S at the first opportunity, as the pre-order time for UK buyers will begin at 8.01am local time. Hopefully Apple’s website won’t crash when the store opens up their pre-orders for the device – fingers crossed.

So there we have it. Which carrier are you going to choose in the US? Are you staying up late to try and get one first?

Update: One of our readers has been in contact with us to explain that he is experiencing iPhone 4S processing problems. After refreshing the Apple Store page for some time, the pre-order page finally went live. Everything was going fine with the order, selected the model of iPhone 4S, confirmed address, payment details and then hit the purchase button. The next screen that comes up just says processing, and has been like that for the last 30 minutes. They are still waiting, and do not want to repeat the process, just in case they get charged twice.

Update 2: Our reader decided to close the processing page and start a new order. Thankfully this went through straight away. He was not charged for the first order, as it was not confirmed.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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