Yes, You Can Get an iPhone 4 on Thursday

When does the iPhone 4 go on sale? In the U.S., Apple's retail stores open on Thursday, June 24, at 7 a.m. local time.

As we already mentioned, AT&T won't have any iPhones to sell to walk-in customers until at least June 29. If you managed to get in a pre-order last week for in-store pick-up, you should hear from someone at the store, who will schedule a time to retrieve your precious.

Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Radio Shack will open at their regular hours, but remember that not all will have units and most will have a very limited supply.

Will there be lines Thursday? Does Steve Jobs like to say, "Boom?"

Lines were significantly shorter last year for the iPhone 3GS compared to 2008 and the nuttiness of the 3G. Credit that to the switch back to at-home activation.

This year, Apple and AT&T took online pre-orders for at-home delivery, which theoretically should cut down the lines at Apple's brick-and-mortar stores Thursday.

But indicators point to a much bigger launch for the iPhone 4 than for 2009's 3GS. We think the lines will be long tomorrow, with a good chance that Apple's stores sell out.

What countries get the iPhone 4 on Thursday? France, Germany, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. That's it.

Earlier this month, Apple said that the Phone 4 will launch by the end of July in 18 additional countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The rest of the 88 markets in Apple's realm won't get the new iPhone until September.

Apple's not set any definite dates in July or September for either group, nor do the online stores dedicated to the 18 July countries mention any schedule.

What will I pay for the iPhone 4? As usual, that depends on your relationship with AT&T, and if you own an older iPhone.

If you're currently not an AT&T customer, you're set: You qualify for the subsidized prices of $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB version.

If you are a current iPhone owner, or an AT&T customer who uses another type of phone, you may be eligible for the $199/$299 prices. In fact, you have a much better shot at those prices than last year with the iPhone 3GS, when AT&T subscribers raised a stink over a $200 surcharge that AT&T levied on customers who had not fulfilled most or all of their two-year contract. (Under pressure, AT&T relented , giving customers eligible in July, August and September immediate access to the lower prices.)

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