iPhone X Pre-Order Customer Strikes it Lucky at Courier Collection Depot

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While the vast majority of iPhone X customers continue to watch their pre-order status for signs of progress, at least one lucky customer in the U.K. has already managed to get his hands on the phone a day early.


MacRumors forum member Illdoit2morrow visited his local DPD collection depot on Thursday morning after somehow managing to arrange pickup of his iPhone X parcel a full day ahead of Apple's official November 3 launch date.

As a result, pre-order customers in the U.K. will probably start trying their luck at DPD collection depots throughout the country, however the incident is highly unusual and unlikely to be replicated. Apple typically keeps a tight rein on the couriers it hires to ship products, and DPD could well find itself in trouble when news of the pre-release handover gets back to Apple.

Order statuses currently "Preparing for Shipment" should start indicating that the iPhone X is in transit later today, for delivery on Friday, as per Apple's official launch plans.

The lucky customer said he pre-ordered his iPhone X through British retailer Carphone Warehouse.

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34 months ago
And a beautiful irony that [USER=1103112]@Illdoit2morrow[/USER] has made the news for doing something 2day
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34 months ago
Or, you know, you could research properly to obtain the facts before rushing to publish an article. More so when the facts are available on your own forum.

It wasn’t an Apple.com order. It was an order via U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse. It was a “Click and Collect” order, where the packages are despatched to the nominated collection stores ahead of the release date; to facilitate release day collection.

DPD carrier is used by Carphone Warehouse to deliver the handsets to the nominated collection store. DPD’s in-flight “Predict” service allows for deliveries to be amended through a special link that is sent to the intended recipient. One of the options is to collect from depot.

It didn’t take any convincing; it’s a service they offer. The local DPD depot wouldn’t have known the contents and certainly wouldn’t refuse to hand over the package, as they offer this as a service.
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34 months ago

Read the thread, this isn't true at all, he didn't "somehow convince them", he got confirmation from the courier yesterday and was able to change his delivery method to depot collection today.

Correct, no convincing needed. And DPD can’t be to blame (see my post on this) as there is no way they could have known it was an iPhone in the sealed bag?
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34 months ago
Im sure when these people are old and telling their great grandchildren about their life accomplishments, they’ll regale them with endlessly entertainly stories (sic) about how they got the iPhoneX before most other people. Or how about that amazing day they waited in line for a few hours and got their iPhone 5s on release day.

Besides of course asking what the iphone was, the children will also ask, is great grandaddy losing it, or was he always this interested in fleetingly pointless things in life?
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34 months ago

I’ve tweaked the wording, but regardless, DPD has handed over a product to a customer one day ahead of the official release.

I don't know Tim. I'd just scrap this and count it as a first draft. Nothing in the article really matches the facts. You're painting a picture of a customer getting lucky, and a service doing something wrong. The customer simply used options available from his delivery service and it's not like DPD knew he was picking up an iPhone.

You can leave it as is, but you're better than that.
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34 months ago
Read the thread, this isn't true at all, he didn't "somehow convince them", he got confirmation from the courier yesterday and was able to change his delivery method to depot collection today.
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