The pending charge on my credit card for my 4S disappeared, I am worried

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bollweevil, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    A few hours after ordering my iPhone 4S from, I checked my online credit card statement and saw two "pending" charges from Apple, one for $1 and one for $453. Those charges stayed pending for a while. I just checked my credit card statement again, and the charges are gone. They are not pending, but they also did not post to the account. Apple has not collected money from me.

    Now I am worried. My order status on still says "Preparing for Shipment".

    My credit card definitely works and has way more than enough money.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I think lots of people fretted over this exact issue last year, and in the end, the phone still arrived on time and you were charged accordingly. Based on that, I would say that you have nothing to worry about.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2010
    They probably weren't actual charges but authorizations. Authorizations are really just a check to make sure funds are available and only last for a predefined period of time. If the actual charge isn't made before the authorization expires, then it just disappears.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    Oh, thank heavens.

    You guys are so comforting.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    this is normal, no need to worry. It will recharge you once the phone is in transit.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Same thing happened when I prefer a touchpad back in august. The initial charge is just an authorazation, it drops off after a couple of days and is replaced by the actual charge. Unless you're dealing with HP, the. You have a authorazation charge once or twice a week for a month almost! Don't worry though, you should be charged when it ships!
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    Westchester County, NY
    yea, it's supposed to fall off of the account. It's only a hold to make sure the funds are there. Many retailers do this. No worries.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    This is exactly why many people need to be kept in the dark about stuff. Too many people know enough to be dangerous yet don't really fully understand how things work. If this process was completely behind the curtains and you just receive your phone on Friday, you would be completely happy.

    Instead, you and many others are freaking out for an entire week about authorizations, prepping for shipment, actual ship date, FedEx/UPS tracking reports, etc. when that's just how things are.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2011
  10. macrumors member


    Oct 11, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    Same here

    My pending charges also vanished this AM. They were there last night when I checked...
    Glad I'm not alone on this one. I agree with the others that this is probably happening to a lot of people they just never know about it because they don't obsessively check their credit card statements like we do! :p
  11. macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    All of this happened when the iP4 was introduced. If people would only go back there and read it.

    These authorization charges DO drop off after a few days. The real charge will be applied before it is shipped.

    But then again, the OP's phone might have been cancelled:p
  12. macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2007
    no worries folks- the same exact thing happened to me, but this morning i was finally able to search by reference on ups and get a hit. At least one of my phones is in Hong Kong as of an hour ago. As for the girlfriends phone, who knows.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011
    So thankful for this thread! Same thing happened to me, and I was starting to freak out. order status is still prepaing for shipment... sigh.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    New Mexico
    If this helps..

    I ordered from Sprint on launch morning at 1hr after opening and many failed attempts on

    Charges were for $434.xx including the Estimated Taxes on Sprint. Called in and they said the amount was $420.xx, shortly after, my charges dropped off and the money is still in my account. That was a "worst case scenario" for the total charge amount. The correct charge of $420.xx will be charged here soon I'm sure, and I got a tracking number email too, and still no charges on my account.

    So no need to worry, it's normal to say the least.

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