How to Get the iPhone X Now They’ve All Sold Out

Apple's next smartphone is almost here.


Whelp, it’s done. At 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, Apple started accepting pre-orders for the iPhone X, its face-scanning, giant-screened smartphone. Although commentators balked at the prospect of raising the starting price even further to $999, the initial batches have already been spoken for.

It’s going to be hard to get your hands on one this year. Japanese news outlet Nikkei reported a figure of just 20 million phones will be available this holiday. By comparison, Apple sold 78 million phones last holiday quarter. One retailer has described the launch and its limited numbers as a “catastrophe.”

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But all is not lost. If you weren’t part of the madding crowd that scrambled to save their slot when the device launches on November 3, there are ways to get your hands on it soon. Here are some of your best options:

Apple’s Retail Stores

Queuing up on launch day is probably your safest bet. Apple plans to stock a number of devices in-store in 55 countries and territories around the world, so small groups can get their hands on one from the word go. At 8 a.m. local time on November 3, customers will be able to walk into the store and pick up their own iPhone X.

Plus, you may see your face in the newspaper! These events typically attract large crowds, and press are likely to be in attendance taking photos of excited fans:

Customers take pictures with their mobile phones as they queue at Puerta del Sol Apple Store before its opening the day the company launches their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on September 16, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.

Getty Images / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Some buyers go to great lengths to make sure they get their phone on the day, bringing camping equipment along to secure their place in line:

Apple fans from eastern Europe camp out in front of the Berlin Apple store ahead of tomorrow's sales launch of the new Apple iPhone 7 on September 15, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Getty Images / Sean Gallup

Apple’s Website

You can still place an order for an iPhone X from Apple directly, but it’s going to be a long wait. The website estimates that the phone will be delivered within five to six weeks, and there’s a chance that figure could slip further as the company grapples with a high backlog of orders.

Another option is to check for in-store pickup on the website. On the order page, there should be an option to enter your ZIP code and see availability for Apple stores in the local area. This could prove to be a faster way of getting the phone, but if you’re considering going to the store anyway, you’re probably best trying to go along for the launch day.

See also: Why Apple’s ‘Aggressive’ Decision Will Slow iPhone X Deliveries

Your Carrier

It’s also worth checking the stock situation with your local carrier, as some may vary depending on levels of demand. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon all offer their own order pages where buyers can check and see if something has come available.

Other Retailers

While Best Buy is taking pre-orders, much like Apple and other carriers it may be a while before the delivery arrives. It’s better than Target, though, that is not currently accepting orders for the iPhone X. On the other hand, that does mean that you can get a better sense of when it’s a good time to buy, from re-visiting the page on a regular basis and checking to see if there’s any movement.


Simply can’t wait? Try the nuclear option: eBay. At the time of writing, some listings have the 256GB iPhone X with a suggested price of $2,500. Of course, most people don’t actually have the phone in their hands, so they’re selling on the promise of a pre-order with a confirmed shipment date.

Although supplies are expected to be limited for the rest of this year, it’s hard to recommend this option as the iPhone X is already pretty expensive as it is.

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