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How to preorder the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

You have to wait a while for the iPhone X, but Apple's other new phones will be here by the end of September. Here's how to get your hands on them.

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Following some of the most extensive iPhone leaks ever, Apple announced three new iPhones Tuesday: the iPhone 8 ($699.00 at Apple), iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

While the iPhone X won't be available until November, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will start shipping September 22. 

The new phones come with the newer A11 Bionic chip, which consists of six cores -- four low-efficiency and two high-performance. The cameras will also receive a bump in resolution, with 12-megapixel sensors around back and a 7-megapixel front shooter. Both will also come with Qi wireless charging, as well.

If that's enough to whet your appetite, here's how you can expect to place your preorder and get your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus before everyone else.

iPhone 8: Pricing

Historically, Apple drops the price of the previous year's iPhone models to make way for the newer models.

Despite rumors that this year's high-end iPhone will be the most expensive iPhone to date, it's likely pricing for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will follow the same trend.

If that's the case, here's what you can expect to pay for the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus:

iPhone 8

  • 64GB: $699, £699 or AU$1,079
  • 256GB: $849, £849 or AU$1,329

iPhone 8 Plus

  • 64GB: $799, £799 or AU$1,229
  • 256GB: $949, £949 or AU$1,479 

You will be able to use Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program for all the new iPhone models (this isn't available in Australia). Pricing for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus per month goes as follows:

  • iPhone 8 64GB: $34.50 or £37.95
  • iPhone 8 256GB: $39.50 or £45.45
  • iPhone 8 Plus 64GB: $40.75 or £43.95
  • iPhone 8 Plus 256GB: $45.75 or £51.45

To learn more about how the iPhone Upgrade Program works, check out our explainer.

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iPhone 8: How to preorder

Preorders for the new iPhones will begin in the US on Friday Sept. 15 at 12:01 a.m. PT. At that time, you will be able to place a preorder at apple.com or in the Apple Store app on iOS devices. Using Apple's preorder system, you can upgrade through your carrier. Choose your model, color and capacity, then select AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon.

The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will ship Sept. 22, and iOS 11 will become available Sept. 19.

T-Mobile

Preorders for T-Mobile will begin at the same time as Apple's -- Friday, Sept. 15 at 12:01 am PT. At this time, you can place your preorder at T-Mobile.com, via phone or at retail locations once they open.

For a limited time, customers who trade in an iPhone 6 or newer in good condition will get up to $300 off (spread out over 24 monthly bill credits) when they purchase an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X on an equipment installment plan (EIP).

While full retail pricing mirrors Apple's pricing schedule for all iPhones, the monthly payments through T-Mobile's EIP does differ.

  • iPhone 8 64GB: $0 down and $29.17 per month
  • IPhone 8 256GB: $178 down and $28 per month
  • iPhone 8 Plus 64GB: $80 down and $30 per month
  • iPhone 8 Plus 256GB: $230 down and $30 per month

You can preregister with T-Mobile to receive a notification when preorders are opened, also at 12:01 a.m. PT on Sept. 15.

Verizon

Verizon's preorders will begin at the same time and full retail pricing will match that of Apple's. But both new and existing Verizon customers can get up to $300 off when they trade in select phones.

The iPhone 8 will be available for at $29.17 per month for 24 months, and the iPhone 8 Plus will cost $33.33 per month for 24 months.

You can sign up for email updates here.

AT&T

AT&T preorders also launch with Apple's at 12:01 a.m. PT on Sept. 15. No trade-in deals have been announced yet, but with AT&T Next installments, the iPhone 8 pricing starts at $23.34 per month for 24 months, while the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $26.67 per month for 24 months.

You can currently sign up for email updates on AT&T's iPhone landing page.

Sprint

With Sprint, preorders start at the same time on Sept. 15. Using Sprint Flex, monthly installments are as follows:

  • iPhone 8 64GB: $0 down and $29.17 per month
  • IPhone 8 256GB: $150 down and $29.17 per month
  • iPhone 8 Plus 64GB: $0 down and $33.34 per month
  • iPhone 8 Plus 256GB: $150 down and $33.34 per month

If you trade in an iPhone 6 or newer, Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 8, Moto Z2 Force, LG G6, LG V20 or Google Pixel or Pixel XL, you can get up to 50 percent off the monthly installment, bringing the iPhone 8 down to $14.58 per month and the iPhone 8 Plus to $18.75 per month.

Sprint says that if you see (and provide proof of) a deal from another national carrier that is better within 14 days of their purchase, it will match the price difference. You can sign up for email updates on Sprint's iPhone landing page.

Other carriers

If history tells us anything, all iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus preorders will go live at the same time for all the major stateside wireless providers: Friday, Sept. 15 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Some prepaid carriers may follow suit with a slightly later launch date.

As of right now, however, no other specifics have been provided regarding the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus pricing, preorders or trade-in deals. Check back later for additional carrier preorder information and trade-in offerings.

Update, Sept. 13: Added more US availability details. First published Sept. 12.