Before the iPhone 6 pre-orders start late tonight you need to double-check that any lines you want to pre-order the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are eligible for an upgrade. Even if you looked a month ago with excitement for the new iPhones, it is a very good idea to check. We almost missed out on the iPhone 6 pre-order because of a system error that took time for Verizon to fix.
Apple announced two new iPhones this week, the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. Both new iPhones deliver a new design, updated features and bigger displays, as well as more storage options.
iPhone 6 pre-orders start tonight at Apple, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and likely on T-Mobile. There are many reasons to pre-order the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with the biggest being you don’t want to wait in line or wait for an iPhone 6 after the first stock sells out.
Most buyers plan to use an upgrade option to buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. This makes the iPhone 6 price more reasonable starting at $199 and $299 for the new models. If you plan to do this you need to check to see if your line is eligible for an upgrade.
While double checking what lines are eligible for an upgrade on my account I discovered that one of my lines that showed up as eligible for an upgrade this summer was listed with a contract ending in March. Thankfully Verizon Twitter Support was able to figure out the problem and fix it, but the ordeal took most of the day to get the answer. I didn’t spend all day working on it, but the reason the time is important is that you don’t want any issues happening when you try to get online at midnight or 3 AM for iPhone 6 pre-orders.
Even if you are sure you are eligible for an iPhone 6 pre-order at upgrade pricing, it is an excellent idea to check the system to make sure the lines you want to upgrade to the iPhone 6 are eligible for the upgrade.
The easiest way to see if you are eligible for an upgrade to the new iPhones from the line you are using is to dial a special number or send a text to a line that varies by carrier.
Verizon iPhone 6 Upgrade Check
If you are using a Verizon phone you can dial #UPG (#874) and you will get a text message letting you know when you can upgrade that line.
If you need to check for another line on your account you’ll want to log in to your account on My Verizon or use the Best Buy Upgrade Checker to see the details for a specific line.
AT&T iPhone 6 Upgrade Check
From your AT&T phone you need to dial *639# to get a text message with information about when you can upgrade a certain line.
You can also log in to your account on AT&T to use this, or you can also use the Best Buy Upgrade Checker.
Sprint iPhone 6 Upgrade Check
Sprint owners need to text upgrade to 1311 to get a reply with their upgrade information. This will allow users to see when they can upgrade.
If you need to check multiple lines, or one that is not your line you can log in to your account or use the Best Buy tool.
T-Mobile iPhone 6 Upgrade Check
It’s important to double-check this if you are on T-Mobile, last month they delivered an early upgrade to one of the GottaBeMobile team, so you may be surprised.
If you are on an old contract you can use the Best Buy Upgrade Checker for fast access to when your contract is up. If you are on a Jump! plan you will want to log in to T-Mobile and look at your account.
As we mentioned it is a great idea to do this now, instead of when at midnight or 3 AM, when you are tired, support staff are busy and iPhone 6 stock is starting to shrink.