1.) Check eligibility.
AT&T: dial *639# from your cell. You’ll get a text telling you if/when you are eligible for contract pricing. My depressing text looks like this. Or check here: https://www.att.com/phoneupgrade/? or here: http://store.apple.com/xc/iphone_eligibility
Sprint: text “upgrade” to 1311 or check here: http://shop.sprint.com/NASApp/onlinestore/en/Action/DisplayUpgradeLanding?INTNAV=ATG:FT:UPG or here: http://store.apple.com/xc/iphone_eligibility
2.) Get rid of that pesky old iPhone.
Apple is actually offering decent cash for your old equipment here: http://store.apple.com/us/browse/reuse_and_recycle
…or, you could try your luck on Craiglist or ebay. Just beware. Some of the occupants of these sites represent the worst that humanity has to offer. Be extra cautious to reduce the risk of being ripped off.
3.) Preorder tomorrow (09/14/12) at http://www.apple.com or…
AT&T: http://www.att.com/iphone What time? Well, no one at AT&T seems to know. If 12:01am PST, that’s 2:01am Central. I’d check at midnight in whatever timezone you happen to be in.
Verizon: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/iphone.jsp Preorders start at 2:00am CST online according to an associate at a store here in Amarillo.
Sprint: http://www.sprint.com/landings/iphone Sprint doesn’t seem to know what time preorders will begin.
God speed, fellow nerds. Happy iPhoning.