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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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.
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?
You can leave it as is, but you're better than that.