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iPhone 4S Shipped? How to Make Sure You Don’t Miss the Delivery



For the million of you that placed an iPhone 4S preorder, you should be getting your iPhone 4S ship notification from Apple, Verizon, AT&T or Sprint very soon.

The first batch of iPhone 4S shipments are already on the move across the U.S. and across the world. If you have received an email saying that your iPhone 4S has shipped, but you won’t be home for the delivery, don’t worry.

There are several steps you can take to avoid waiting for Monday to roll around, and no, you don’t have to stalk the UPS or FedEx driver. Not that anyone here has ever done that.

If you ordered from Apple, you can check your shipping status with these directions. If you ordered from Verizon, you should have a FedEx Express tracking number. AT&T and Sprint orders should also be coming via FedEx or UPS.

Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss your iPhone 4S deliver on October 14th.

iPhone 4S Fedex Delivery

If you are getting your iPhone 4S delivered by FedEx Express, from Verizon, you should have an indirect signature option. This means that anyone can sign for your package, or best of all, you can leave a note for FedEx so that you don’t miss the delivery.

Fedex Signature Release iPhone 4S Verizon

Once you know that your iPhone 4S has shipped, you can leave the following note on your door in plain sight. This tip comes from @FedExRobin, a FedEx rep on Twitter.

“FedEx, ok to leave package”.

Be sure to sign and date the note.

If you want it left between the doors or with a neighbor, you can add that at the bottom, but from experience that is hit or miss depending on your driver and their timing.

iPhone 4S UPS Delivery

If you ordered from the Apple Store, you will be receiving your delivery by UPS. UPS has a new My Choice service that lets you get text notifications for your package as well as get the approximate delivery time.

The free portion of UPS My Choice also allows you to authorize delivery without a signature and hold for Will Call at a UPS Facility.

You can pay $5 to have the package delivered to the UPS store or have delivery sent to a new address.

If you want a 2 hour delivery window, you will need to pay a $40 annual fee to become a premium member and then $5 for the package. This probably isn’t worth it for one delivery, but if you get a lot of UPS deliveries, this might be the right time to start.

iPhone 4S shipped

On Twitter, UPS told our writer Kevin Purcell that, “If you are not available on the first delivery attempt, then you can have the package held for pick up. Unfortunately, we can not make arrangements before the first attempt.” So this appears to be the only option. Many UPS will call locations are only open for a few hours after 5 PM local time, so be sure to get there fast if you do have the package held.



  1. Rhianon

    10/13/2011 at 3:40 pm

    Hmm I ordered through sprint and when I called ups today they said that sprint requires a signature and that the package cannot be held until after the third attempt.

    • Rth

      10/13/2011 at 7:01 pm

      We can hold after first attempt. Leave a note on your door either asking driver to put on will call and or leave a note telling driver what time you will be home and ask if he can return. The nice drivers will do you that favor.

  2. Hoint

    10/13/2011 at 5:35 pm

    UPS Mychoice only helps if you track the package with the UPS Infochoice number that AT&T did not provide.  I only got a regular tracking number, so I can’t edit the details of the delivery.

  3. Rth

    10/13/2011 at 6:58 pm

    There is another easier option with Apple and UPS. Go to Apple website and print the release. Drivers can leave all Apple products with this release.

  4. Diana

    10/13/2011 at 9:32 pm

    I bought my phone from Verizon and it is being shipped via UPS.

  5. FA_Q

    10/13/2011 at 10:38 pm

    Wtf i thought i would get my pre order iphone 4s tomorrow but now UPS changed the delivery date on Monday the 17th! Thats Fucked up. Screw you UPS!!!!!

    • Smiley0207

      10/14/2011 at 12:50 am

      They did that to me too :((

    • Masta_C

      10/14/2011 at 12:45 pm

      wah wah… 3 days…

  6. Jiffynads

    10/14/2011 at 4:20 am

    Location Date Local Time Activity
    Louisville, KY, United States 10/14/2011 3:32 A.M. Departure Scan
    Louisville, KY, United States 10/13/2011 1:13 P.M. Arrival Scan
    San Diego, CA, United States 10/13/2011 6:20 A.M. Departure Scan
    10/13/2011 3:33 A.M. Arrival Scan
    Ontario, CA, United States 10/13/2011 3:00 A.M. Package has shipped and the delivery is being scheduled; check for updates later.
    10/13/2011 2:07 A.M. Departure Scan
    Ontario, CA, United States 10/12/2011 10:03 P.M. Origin Scan
    United States 10/12/2011 10:07 A.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS

    I live in Utah, how fucking stupid can ups be? Ontario CA is less than 6 hours by car from where i live! Fuck verizon, and Fuck UPS!

    • Syoung6987

      10/14/2011 at 10:35 am

      ALL UPS Next Day Air shipments go to Louisville, KY and then are shipped to the delivery location.  FedEx does the same thing, ALL of their Overnight/Next Day Air shipments go to Memphis, TX

    • Stepxgrj

      10/14/2011 at 3:45 pm

      Louisville is UPS’s main sorting facility and your package goes there first from China. You don’t understand the process and your comment isn’t merited. You’ll get your phone- stop tripping. If it was coming via Fedex it would go to Memphis first and then to Utah

      • Upscannotdeliver

        10/14/2011 at 8:56 pm

        Still UPS cannot deliver

  7. Kmspezza

    10/14/2011 at 5:12 am

    AT&T did email a regular shipping info number, just a tracking order number to see if it even shipped yet. hoping we will get one soon since mine was pre-ordered friday morning = )

    • Amanda

      10/14/2011 at 11:08 am

      I ordered my phone Friday morning 10/7 at 9am through AT&T. My status still says pre-ordered. When the hell is it going to be shipped.

  8. Eric

    10/14/2011 at 5:34 am

    The idea behind this article was good but it doesn’t seem like much effort went into it. Rth’s method is really the way to go if you ordered from Apple: view your order status and print/sign the form that allows UPS to leave the package.

  9. Rfuqua1950

    10/14/2011 at 7:22 am

    Seems pre-orders are a waste of time. Ordered last Friday at the AT&T Store, my daughter goes today and walks right in without a wait. Now I guess I need to wait a couple of more weeks for delivers.
    What’s wrong with this picture?

  10. Kmspezza

    10/14/2011 at 8:43 am

    They told us to just preorder, but there’s no lines today by my at&t store, so annoying, now we gotta wait. Hopefully at&t will ship today. And we cannot cancel the order either.

  11. Yankiedoodle

    10/14/2011 at 8:51 am

    att has not shiped my device yet! I preordered it 7 days back!

  12. Yankiedoodle

    10/14/2011 at 9:06 am

    all phones att got they send to stores for retail sell. and preorders are kept hanging in limbo. ATT is the bad guy.

  13. sebas

    10/14/2011 at 10:27 am

    just called at&t and they told me that the order is “in process” but did not ship yet. it’ll take 2-5 business days.
    i couldn’t even cancel the order and walk to the apple store and buy it there.
    pre-ordering = worst mistake ever

  14. Syoung6987

    10/14/2011 at 10:51 am

    First, go to site and search for MyChoice.  Register as a My Choice member.  Free to sign up, extra benefits for a $40 annual fee.  With the FREE registration, you will be notified when a package is scheduled to deliver at your address.  Then you can track that package with the provided tracking number, click on “Change Delivery” and you will be given many options.  For a $5 fee, you can change the delivery address to a THE UPS STORE in your area or near your work, whatever is convenient, or have it held at the UPS distribution center.

    After you sign up for MyChoice you should get an email for your package, if not, go to, login and then track your package and follow the instructions above.

    • Christopher Joseph

      12/06/2011 at 8:11 am

      It’s NOT free.  To do those “extras” such as leave a note for driver or instruct driver on where to leave package, those are pay, not free.  This sucks.  

  15. Ashley, miami

    10/14/2011 at 6:58 pm

    I ordered from Verizon, they shipped ups. I left a note on my door to leave package (I do have a job). They refuse to leave package and 800 number for ups says apple won’t let them leave at the door. They tell me to go to UPS warehouse in my town (45min from my house) and it will be held at will call (confirmed online). I show up at UPS at 6pm and watch 400 people going in and out with their phones. It is 10pm and I’m still at UPS.

  16. WaxSW

    10/14/2011 at 8:54 pm

    UPS failed to deliver, again!!!! Worst customer service by truck driver and they are not open on Saturday so I will have to wait till monday. In future I will avoid UPS like a pest!!!

  17. george

    05/04/2012 at 5:45 pm

    please deliver the phone to my house

  18. gandalf420

    09/21/2012 at 2:19 pm

    0/5 first they cancelled my order and now they fail to deliver my package in two days like i paid for. why offer the service if youre unable to provide it? i guess because morons will keep dishing out dollars lol

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