As promised, Apple has begun pre-orders for the anticipated iPhone 4S. Pre-ordering is now available in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom through Apple’s website. Additionally, carriers in these countries are offering pre-orders through their individual websites.

In the US, the iPhone 4S is available for order right now through AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and for the first time, Sprint. Pre-orders placed in time through Apple will be delivered on the October 14 release date. Sales in stores will also begin on this date. Unlocked (carrier-free) models are coming in November, according to Apple.

Carrier plan breakdowns for the United States

The iPhone 4S features Apple’s breakthrough Siri personal assistant functionality, the dual-core A5 chip from the iPad 2, 7x better graphics performance, improved battery life, an eight megapixel camera with an improved optics system, 1080P video recording, iOS 5, iCloud, and 64 GB storage for the first time in an iPhone.

Verizon Wireless is offering global data plans at purchase; SIM card included:

The iPhone 4S comes in black and white and comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB capacities for $199, $299, and $399 (on contract) in the United States. After you placed your order, feel free to share your choice of goods in the comments below.