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[Update] How to Acquire Your iPhone 4S Tracking Number Right NOW via UPS

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Update 1: Apple has sent out emails with tracking numbers. Shipments are estimated to arrive on October 19th.

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Early today we noted Canadian iPhone 4S orders from Apple had started ‘Preparing for Shipment’. It now appears the previous method of obtaining your tracking number from UPS directly is now possible. I just entered in my details and my order’s last location was in Shenzhen, China, just like iPhoneinCanada.ca reader Ken’s shipment below:

How to Get Your iPhone 4S Tracking Number from UPS

Get your UPS tracking now, as Apple doesn’t provide it. This is the same method we told you about back in 2008 for tracking iPhone 3G shipments. Here’s a refresher on how to do it:

1. Visit www.ups.com
2. Click on the TRACKING tab up top
3. Click on ‘TRACK BY REFERENCE’ and under SHIPMENT REFERENCE enter your phone number in 1112223333 format. Select ‘Canada’ as the Destination Country, and enter your postal code in A1A 1A1 format
4. Click TRACK–boom.

Your tracking number and details should show up. Packages are being shipped by UPS Worldwide Express, which ‘guarantees’ next business day delivery. That means, the iPhone 4S could be in your hands this Friday, if the stars are aligned properly.

Has your iPhone 4S shipped? Let us know your location and the status of your shipment!

Thanks Ken for the email!

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  • Carsonjstark

    Mine left tomorrow, LOL. from Shenzhen, China.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah mine left Shenzen, do these guys deliver on Saturday?

  • Ron

    You’re saying this works with Rogers per-orders? They are shipping to stores, so not sure what phone number and postal code to use.

  • I guess it doesn’t work with Telus.

  • It worked when Rogers was shipping iPhone 3G units via UPS to our doors, as upgrades.

  • Cake

    Mine left china via world wide express. ..
    So I’ll be chillin at home on Friday waiting for delivery.

  • Nrcontest

    mine left tomorrow as well:-)
    I bought mine from the apple site.

  • Mine’s shipped! Yay! Thanks for posting this!! Looks like I will be getting it by Friday then.

  • Nrcontest

    don’t get your hopes up. UPS shipments that are  WORLD EASE are ” Simplify customs clearance by grouping several shipments destined for one country” so they need to go somewhere in Canada and to get split up, that takes time.

  • Cake

    Just got shipped email from apple along with a tracking number.

  • yvrgasman

    Entered the postal code of the Rogers store that I directed my pre-order to – no recognition of the tracking ref. Should I be worried??

  • Cake

    You should be mailed by apple shortly.

  • Tdavis

    You’re fuckin dreamin

  • Tdavis

    You’re fuckin dreamin

  • Tdavis

    You’re fuckin dreamin

  • Cake

    Go back to sleep !

  • C R Erskine

    Product:WORLD EASEShipped/Billed On:10/13/2011Type:PackageWeight:0.40 kgLocationDateLocal TimeActivityShenzhen, China10/13/20111:00 P.M.Departure Scan10/13/201112:54 P.M.The service selected is not available to the destination address. / Downgraded, forwarded to consignee, selected service is not available.10/13/201110:43 A.M.Origin ScanChina10/13/201112:07 A.M.Order Processed: Ready for UPS

  • Rico

    Got the shipment notification email from Apple. It says “Receive it: Oct. 19”

  • Kim

    Just got mail from Apple! (Oct 13 3:40am est) 😀 Finally my iphone is shipped from China!!! yay!
    Just wondering, for signature issues, do I have to be home when it arrives? 🙁

    Ordered white 32gb @ Oct 7 around 5:00am est :):) 

  • Yup someone will have to sign for it.

  • Ryan

    Why is everyone happy? I’m pussed! I could have just gone to the store to buy it, and would have received it October 14th. This is BS.

  • Auto Strada

    forgetting about the lines.

  • Jeremy

    Mine says estimated delivery is by Oct 14th, so definitely will get this on Friday.  I am happy.

  • Wuju

    mine status says “Chek Lap Kok,

    Hong Kong

    10/13/2011

    15:55

    Arrival Scan

    So I wonder if it’ll be here tomorrow.

  • Wuju

    Just got an email from Apple- delivery date on Oct. 19. 🙁

    Going to Upper Canada Mall tomorrow. Anyone knows when Apple store opens and what about the mall – when will they let people in and don’t have to stay outside too long. Forecast says it rains.

  • Rob Attrell

    Ours are in the same shipment! Mines also in hong kong as of 1355. It says scheduled for Monday before 12 but let’s hope that’s not accurate

  • Patrick

    Mine still says “>>>UPS could not locate the shipment details for your request. Verify your information and try again.”  I pre-ordered from Apple website on Oct. 7th at around 11:30am EST.  I wish I didn’t have to wait!  My status hasn’t changed on the Apple site either (still “Processing Items”).  Bummer!

  • Bobgiles87

    Does anybody know how to track a Bell Canada pre order (Ontario?)

    They say Shipments will go out on the 14th, so Id expect 19th roughly but anyway to track?

  • Anonymous

    My order still shows “Processing Items,” and this method yields the error message “UPS could not locate the shipment details for your request. Verify your information and try again.” at the UPS site. (I ordered at 4AM right after the ordering went live, black 64GB.)

  • Dongski08

    yes, mine says by friday oct 14 12 noon!
    : )

  • I think all orders have to go somewhere in the USA before reaching Canada… Possibly Anchorage, Alaska and after that also Louisville, Kentucky… This was the case for the last iPhone for me… I’m in Montreal…

    If they do this again, you won’t get your iPhone tomorrow… It will be somewhere next week (between Monday and Wednesday).

  • Cake

    Liar!

  • Liam

    i ordered 6am EST last friday, my email from Apple says Oct 19, but UPS shows it is in Hong Kong right now, and will arrive before noon on Mon Oct 17.

  • In which city are you? I’m in Montreal and I have the same information as you…

  • Anonymous

    Hmm.. I don’t see any estimated delivery on my UPS results..

  • I don’t see it either… but it was there earlier this morning…

  • Dongski08

    Scheduled Delivery:Friday, 10/14/2011, by 12:00Last Location:Arrived – Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong, Thursday, 10/13/2011Special Instructions:Signature RequiredAdditional InformationProduct:WORLD EASEShipped/Billed On:10/13/2011Type:PackageWeight:0.40 kgShipment Progress
    What’s this?LocationDateLocal TimeActivityChek Lap Kok, Hong Kong10/13/201115:55Arrival ScanShenzhen, China10/13/201113:00Departure Scan10/13/201110:44Origin ScanChina10/13/20110:07Order Processed: Ready for UPS

  • Dongski08

    forgot to mention, ordered the minute became live (auto refresh browser); 64 GB white…

  • Liam

    I’m in Toronto. It’s not there now (on UPS) – i SWEAR it said arrival date. It was 6am when I looked at it though and I had no tea in me at that point.

  • gruven

    Has anyone received confirmed shipping details from Rogers yet? My status currently reads “in progress” and states “shipping progress has begun”. I was originally 59 on the list, then dropped to 17 on the list on Monday.

  • Cakepounder76

    You need to use the phone number you put on the order to track using reference number.

  • Anonymous

    Did that. Even checked to see whether I’d actually used my home number instead of my cell–but nothing. My order still says “Processing Items” and shipping time still reads “Ships: 1 – 2 Weeks”, though, so I suspect that in my case, it’s really not shipping right now.

  • Pier Olivier Chaloux

    Ordered friday a 3:32 am… UPS show there is left hong kong…. But no delivery date ….

  • I suppose that because it’s shipping via world ease, they removed the date because it’s going through additionals steps and they can not really tell if it will take more time…

  • Cake

    Same here. It’s almost feels like torture waiting for this phone, but it sure beats standing in line for 8hrs to get one.

  • John

    what your time of departure scan, mine is:
    Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong10/13/201119:26Departure Scan

  • Cake

    I guess you’ll be able to track yours once apple emails you a tracking #

  • Pier Olivier Chaloux

    True Story  !!! But I’m not happy… I want it tomorrow lol

  • Dongski08

    15:55

  • John

    hope i will get mine tomorrow 🙁 I really really hope! 

  • John

    what is you departure scan time ?

    mine:

    Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong10/13/201119:26Departure Scan

  • John

    what is you departure scan time ?

    mine:

    Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong10/13/201119:26Departure Scan

  • Nrcontest

    Mine says on the ups site I’ll have it before noon on Friday. But the apple site says the 19th.

  • Nrcontest

    Mine says on the ups site I’ll have it before noon on Friday. But the apple site says the 19th.

  • Pier Olivier Chaloux

    Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong10/13/20117:26 P.M.Departure Scan

  • Pier Olivier Chaloux

    Where you see the delivery date on the ups web site? 

  • Cake

    This is a apple launch! It’s being shipped Worldwide express (next day by AM), so I feel confident enough to fire up the ps3 watch a movie, have a cold one or two and wait for my door bell to ring tomorrow morning.

  • kq

    Hey I saw that too! But then a couple hours later, the estimated delivery date was gone.

  • Yes world wide express… But using world ease… So an additional step that may take at least an additional day.

  • Yes world wide express… But using world ease… So an additional step that may take at least an additional day.

  • Cake

    First thing: dude remove Steve’s picture from your profile. And second World Ease decreases processing time. It groups large shipments together so it’ll clear customs faster.

  • What’s the problem with Steve’s picture? It’s the same picture that is shown on Apple’s website…
    Will see if it’s really faster… last time with the iPhone 4, it wasn’t really fast… it went through a lot of steps in the USA to finally be delivered to me in Montreal… All that even if I paid an additional fee to get faster shipping…

  • Nrcontest

    you’re right! My delivery date is gone now too….so much for Friday:-(

  • Zaidc

    Just called UPS and he told me that although its in transit, coming towards the States, we wont get our phone till Tuesday. Did anyone call Apple to see if they can speed the delivery up?

  • AppleFanBoyMontreal

    15:55 is the time of the arrival scan. Mine shows the same time and also 19:26 for the departure scan. Looks like it might arrive tomorrow after all 🙂

  • AppleFanBoyMontreal

    Not so fast … The “Oct 19” date in the Apple mail doesn’t mean anything.

    In my case, the initial ETA on the UPS tracking site listed Oct 17 but right now it doesn’t list any date and based on the ETAs shown for others I’m hopeful that it might still arrive tomorrow.

  • Cher_ios

    Has anyone received anything regarding their shipment from Telus? A tracking number would be nice.

  • George9

    Is not working for me it says that the reference number is invalid and I’m putting my phOne number is there some other way to know if it has been shipped ?

  • Imadude

    have been tracking ALL UPS flights in the air… there was only ONE from Hong Kong over the last several hours and it was going to Anchorage.  It landed about 15 minutes ago.

    (I tried posting the URL, but post got blocked).

    Since I am 99% sure that all our orders where on the same flight, i can now track all flights out of Anchorage… (current flights out of anchorage are going to china, so should be easy to see when a flight to US/Canada show up)

    Ya, slow day at work.. so might as well get my geek-on.

  • Xitek

    you are so the man

  • For eastern Canada, I’m sure it will go elsewhere in the USA (like Louisville, KY where is the other international ups center)… Check this out…

  • Imadude

    your link was removed i think?

    anyways.. ya… it was easy to pinpoint out flight from Hong Kong cause there was only 1 with UPS, but figuring out the next round may he harder.   If it can get to another US sorting facility by end of day today, I’m sure it can make it to montreal from there over night… right?

    here’s to the crazy ones 🙂

  • AppleFanBoyMontreal

    UPS states “1-3 Business Days” on their web site as the delivery standard for “UPS Worldwide Express”, so that could be anytime between Friday and Tuesday. (You can google “UPS Canada International Shipping Services ” to get to that page.)

    Where do you get the “next day by AM” figure, if I may ask?

  • Zaidc

    Im pretty sure from Anchorage its going to go Kentucky then come to Ontario. Once it goes to Ontario it’ll spread from there.

  • John

    All orders, ALL of them land in Louisville to clear US customs then go to Ontario to clea Canadian customs. I called UPS mine left china 6 hours ago and still didn’t land. She told me I would get it by Tuesday. 

  • There was no links in my email…

    I would be surprised if we get it for tomorrow…
    On the last launch, it took 3 or 4 days from China to Montreal…

  • This is what happened for the last launch… So I think you are completely right.

  • Imadude

    Thanks John!

  • Imadude

    Noted Mario 🙂

  • KDD

    I posted this on the macrumors site the other night but to no avail. At least I have one fellow Telus inquirer here. In any case after speaking with Telus and their Client Care rep last night I found out that customers aren’t going to be able to track their iPhone 4S orders via UPS or FedEx like how everyone else is because they’re currently being shipped from within Canada from a distribution centre not from China. Telus’ batch of 100,000 iPhone 4S pre orders are all being shipped form within the country and have already started to make their way out to people seeing as how the confirmation email you should’ve receive stated shipment of the iPhone 4S pre-orders would be going out on October 13th. With that being said the rep also mentioned that these orders are based on location not sequential order. So that means the further away you live from the distribution centre the longer you’ll have to wait. However the rep did say that people who pre-orderered can expect their iPhone 4S between tomorrow October 14th – October 18th. If the phone still hasn’t been received contact Telus immediately. 

  • Morgan

    If it says Ships in 1-2 weeks it sounds like you missed the first wave of iPhones 🙁 I believe all orders that were shipped first were listed as Ships by Oct 14th.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I was afraid of that. 🙁  I wonder how! I ordered so early! Maybe they ran out of the 64GB ones within the first couple of hours?

  • Jarndt08

    I just called into Telus to see if mine had shipped and I didn’t receive an email by chaance and it has not yet shipped.  But she did say that all the people who pre-ordered through telus should see their phone go out today since they did a “while quantities last” unlike other companies where people will have to wait for a second or third shipment.  So all pre-orders should go out today.  And she did say as well that it should be delivered tomorrow or Monday. Let’s hope I got someone who knows what she is talking about!!

  • bb

    Will Telus be sending emails today with tracking numbers?

  • Bullite

    ups65 just left anchorage for louisville, devrais arriver vers 21:30

  • AppleFanBoyMontreal

    Latest update:
    Anchorage, AK, United States10/13/201112:37Arrival ScanScheduled Delivery:Monday, 10/17/2011, by 12:00Looks like the phone won’t make it here to Montreal before the weekend after all … Bummer!

  • Barry

    I now have a scheduled delivery date of Friday, 10/14/2011, by 12:00. I hope it sticks. Oh and go fuck yourself, Tdavis.

  • Jarndt08

    I was told we would be getting them today yes.  I haven’t seen one yet though 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Leafs suck

  • Imadude

    🙂

  • Cake

    Hi Barry , where did you get the shipping update ?

  • It may appear on the ups website if you’ve got the tracking number

  • Barry

    My delivery date is now the 17th. Oh well.

  • Anonymous

    On the line in carrefour Laval in Quebec…. Won’t take any chance lol

  • Cake

    I’m in Milton as well. Shipment just got to mount hope (Hamilton ) @6:07am

  • Cake

    My phone is now in Hamilton ,Ont ,less than 1/2 hour away from me. So… I guess I was right.

  • Iglobal2010

    Wow ! Correct me if im wrong, but you guys sound like mega lunatics with all this Ups flight tracking stuff !!!? Dont most of you already own a iphone 4 ??! Come on people!! The wheel is not being reinvented here……

  • Cindy Doodle

    This has not worked for me?

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