Re: iPhone 5 Availability
I work for Verizon and they (or Apple) don't let us order the iPhone when it first comes out. Last year we had to wait until March to get the 4s so I fully expected a little bit of a wait. So Monday I come in and we have an email stating that the 15th we will be able to order the iPhone 5. So low and behold I waited until 12:01 AM on the 15th and there they were and so I ordered. I work in fulfillment and order these all the time for big companies and I am very used to the 2-4 week wait since launch and expected to wait some time to get mine. When I ordered I couldnt believe my eyes as I orderd the most popular iPhone 5 (16gb Slate Black) and it said it would ship out by the 16th! I expected it to be a missprint, but yesterday sure enough I got the email and it has an expected delivery date of next Tuesday the 20th from FedEx and has already left Apple/Verizon and is in the possession of FedEx.
Needless to say I'm very excited as I've been very bummed ordering literally thousands of this phone for people and felt I wouldnt get it for some time to come. I was ok with it as I just got the 13" rMBP and I have the 64gb White retina iPad (I got it from my work for having perfect attendance for 6 months it was a great employee promotion where you could get any device for free so I sold my WiFi 32gb 3rd gen iPad when I got it), and I have the 4s, but I got to say I'm very excited for Tuesday to get my new iPhone 5!
Maybe this means that things are picking up for Apple as I just cant see any other reason as they have easily been a 3-4 week wait for people just a week ago. Anyways I hope this helps to anyone that is looking to order one as they are in stock and will ship out the same day (if during normal weekly business hours) and if from Verizon. When I left Friday night we had every color and every size all in stock. With that said I noticed at the first of the day we had almost 80k Black 16gb iPhone 5's in stock and the last order I fulfilled we has just 22k left so they are going fast and we might go right back into being out of stock so if you are on the fence for the holidays you might want to grab one!