Unlocked iPhone 6s pre-orders go live tonight at 12:01AM PDT/3:01AM EDT on Apple.ca, while carriers such as Rogers, TELUS and Bell will follow suit shortly afterwards (MTS and SaskTel most likely will launch later).
With the pre-order set to go live on Apple.ca in just over 6 hours, here’s a quick and dirty guide that answers some of the same pre-order and launch questions we get every year.
What does the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus cost unlocked from Apple?
- 16GB – $899
- 64GB – $1029
- 128GB – $1159
iPhone 6s Plus
- 16GB – $1029
- 64GB – $1159
- 128GB – $1289
AppleCare+ prices for iPhone 6s–click here.
Shipping is free of course; customers are limited to 2 models each (if history repeats itself). You have 15 days to return the phone (free returns) if you’re not happy with it.
Pre-ordering from Apple using the Apple Store iOS App
Set your alarm for 10 minutes before 12:01AM PDT/3:01AM EDT, as that’s when the fun begins (and your credit card cries). Download the Apple Store iOS app and get ready to make your purchase once the pre-order window goes live.
It’s been the fastest and one of the most reliable ways to pre-order Apple products thus far. Even Apple thinks so, as they are advertising the app’s magical buying powers in the App Store right now:
If you’re reading this before the Apple Store goes down, setup your payment method online now, so when you do make your pre-order, you don’t need to fill out a credit card, but just enter in the security code. Just click here to go your Account and add your payment method.
Looks like the store is down already:
@iPhoneinCanada Apple Store iOS app now shows "We'll be back" message.
— Kashif Shaikh (@tweetshaikh) September 12, 2015
If you have multiple iOS devices, have them ready with the Apple Store app signed in and ready. If you encounter an “unavailable” error (like people experienced last year), read up and try this trick that worked for us.
Pre-ordering from Apple.ca
You can also pre-order the traditional way on the web too. What some people do is download a web browser plugin that refreshes a web page constantly on its own. This allows you to sit back, while the browser extension constantly refreshes the Apple Online Store until it goes online.
Again, once the store goes online, click quickly and make your selections. If you made a mistake, don’t worry, you can cancel it the next day or earlier. Just CHECK OUT and let Apple TAKE YOUR MONEYYY!
Reserve and Pick Up from Apple.ca [UPDATE]
Reserve and Pick Up is available this year via Apple’s website or the Apple Store iOS app. The specific reservation link from last year doesn’t work, as Apple has made unique links generated only when you add a specific model to your cart and click on the Reserve and Pick Up link:
Pre-ordering from Rogers, TELUS and Bell
The ‘Big 3’ had online reservation systems for iPhone 6 last year, and should have them again this year. Here were last year’s start times:
- Rogers/Fido: Rogers.ca/iPhone went live around 3-4AM PDT/6-7AM EDT; Pre-orders have shipped, track them here
- TELUS: Pre-orders start at 12:01AM PDT/3:01AM EDT (confirmed by TELUS today); shipped already
- Koodo: Confirmed sales on launch day; prices start at $400 for iPhone 6s, limited stock
- Bell/Virgin: pre-orders now live; shipped, track them here
- SaskTel: pre-orders now live (lacks iPhone 6s Plus though)
- MTS: pre-orders launched Sept. 13 for Sept. 25 launch; starts at $399/$529 on contract for iPhone 6s/6s Plus
- Eastlink: pre-orders officially announced today (Sept. 15) but were available on Sept. 12. Monthly instalment plans available so you get the phone for $0 up front.
What does the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus cost on contract?
Rogers – iPhone 6s
16GB – $398.99
64GB – $528.99
128GB – $658.99
iPhone 6s Plus
16GB – $528.99
64GB – $658.99
128GB – $788.99
Fido – iPhone 6s
16GB – $399 ($899 outright)
64GB – $529 ($1,029 outright)
128GB – $659 ($1159 outright)
iPhone 6s Plus
16GB – $529 ($1,029 outright)
64GB – $659 ($1,159 outright)
128GB – $789 ($1,289 outright)
Bell/Virgin – iPhone 6s
16GB – $398.99 ($914.99 outright)
64GB – $528.99 ($1054.99 outright)
128GB – $658.99 ($1194.99 outright)
iPhone 6s Plus
16GB – $528.99 ($1054.99 outright)
64GB – $658.99 ($1194.99 outright)
128GB – $788.99 ($1334.99 outright)
TELUS – iPhone 6s
16GB – $400 ($900 outright)
64GB – $530 ($1,030 outright)
128GB – $660 ($1160 outright)
iPhone 6s Plus
16GB – $530 ($1,030 outright)
64GB – $660 ($1,160 outright)
128GB – $790 ($1,290 outright)
Essentially, the prices are the same across the board, give or take $1. Rogers and Bell require a minimum $80 per month plan for a 2-year subsidy, while TELUS requires a minimum $70 per month plan on contract.
Other stores that offer iPhone 6s reservations [Update]
Try the following stores for pre-orders as well:
- Best Buy: pre-orders now available in-store, $50 deposit required
- Wireless Wave: they took Rogers and Bell pre-orders last year for iPhone 6; $50 refundable deposit
- Costco Wireless Kiosks: some took unofficial pre-order lists with pen and paper
- Other stores to try: London Drugs, The Mobile Shop within Real Canadian Superstores, Tbooth Wireless, any Glentel chain, Walmart, Target, The Source, Staples, etc
When will I receive my iPhone 6s pre-order? [Update]
The iPhone 6s launch takes place on September 25, 2015. That’s when you’ll receive your iPhone if you live within Zone 1 delivery areas according to Apple’s delivery map. This time around, Apple wants you to enter your postal code via this link ONLY if you have a ship date of 9/25-9/29, to tell you when your phone will arrive:
If you pre-ordered through Rogers, TELUS or Bell, delivery depends on how much stock they receive.
If you’ve made it this far, good for you. We are repeating some information from last year, so take a look at that guide here to have some more questions answered.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments and see you at midnight PDT!
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