Apple iPhone X Preorder Deliveries Slip To 6 Weeks, Best Buy Tacks On Bogus $100 Upcharge
Those looking into place an order now will have to end up waiting a month or longer for their fancy new iPhone X. Going to Apple's website, availability for both the 64GB and 256GB iPhone X on all major carriers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) show delivery in 5 to 6 weeks. If Apple's production woes are as pronounced as the reports suggest, some customers might not receive their iPhone X until 2018.
While it's bad enough that customers might have to wait months to get their smartphone, Best Buy has activated full Grinch mode -- and it isn't even December yet. There's no question that the iPhone X is the most expensive phone that Apple has ever produced, but Best Buy seems hellbent on making the phone even more expensive for prospective customers. The iPhone X has an MSRP of $999 and $1,149 respectively for unlocked 64GB and 256GB models. However, Best Buy clearly doesn’t think that the price is high enough, because it has added $100 to the price of both smartphones, taking them to $1,099 and $1,249 respectively.
Keep in mind, however, that Best Buy doesn't currently even have the iPhone X in stock for shipping, so paying an extra $100 doesn't actually get you anything. Interestingly enough, Best Buy pulled the same trick back when the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launched last month. Customer called Best Buy out on that shady business tactic at the time, to which a representative for the retailer replied:
I would not be able to say why our price for the unactivated iPhone 8/8 Plus are $100 more than Apple is charging, but I can say we work to remain competitive, and we do have our price match guarantee where we would match lower prices found at a competitor in most cases. With that said contract phones like the iPhone 8/8 Plus do not qualify for our price match guarantee.
Those words, of course, rung hollow with customers, but here we are again and Best Buy is once again tacking on an extra $100.
With that being said, everything related to the iPhone X is expensive. MacRumors just discovered non-warranty service pricing for the iPhone X, and it will absolutely floor you. In the United States, Apple is charging $279 for a screen repair for the iPhone X. Any other damage to the phone will cost you a whopping $549 if it is determined to not be covered by warranty.
If you're a person that like to live dangerously by not putting your smartphone in case, you might want to rethink that decision or get AppleCare+.