1. snuffleupagus99's Avatar
    So pre order begins friday, any word on exactly when? I read in the past it's been 3 am est. would that be apple's website only, or will carriers offer it then also? I was really hoping they'd start today since I'm off, but no luck. this will be my first iphone so I'm not sure exactly how this has gone in the past. I have to work early friday so I'm hoping to get it ordered as early as possible.
    09-12-2012 04:06 PM
  2. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Just order it through Apple, it's attached to your carrier anyways when you enter your information so there's really no reason to go through a carrier website at all.
    09-12-2012 04:10 PM
  3. Sindervhit's Avatar
    The iPhone page on Apple.com says it starts at 8:00 am (presumably PDT)... order it from Apple or your wireless carrier or big box store.

    iPhone - Buy iPhone 5 with Free Shipping - Apple Store (U.S.)
    He asked when to PRE order, as in when what time will it be available to order online on Friday.
    09-12-2012 04:13 PM
  4. idesofmarch's Avatar
    I also had a question about preordering the iPhone 5. Im not eligible for an upgrade, but will i be able to pre order it and pay full price for it on the 14th from apple? I'm selling my Galaxy S3 to get this phone
    09-12-2012 07:35 PM
  5. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I also had a question about preordering the iPhone 5. Im not eligible for an upgrade, but will i be able to pre order it and pay full price for it on the 14th from apple? I'm selling my Galaxy S3 to get this phone
    Yes, you can pay full price for the phone, but the one you receive will not be immediately unlocked...you will have to contact your carrier after the unlocked versions are available to the market for sale (typically about a month after release) so that they can carrier unlock it for you (since it will not be under contract).
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    09-12-2012 07:40 PM
  6. idesofmarch's Avatar
    Oh ok thanks, ill be pre ordering as soon as i can
    09-12-2012 07:46 PM
  7. LSglock89's Avatar
    This is my first time that I have considered doing an pre-order, so I have a question.

    My primary account does not have an upgrade, a line on my account does though. Can you transfer an upgrade when ordering through Apple, or would that only be available through my carrier? My guess is only through my carrier. The account I would be switching from is a non-smartphone line too, so I'd rather not mess with that line or add a data plan to it.
    09-12-2012 08:41 PM
  8. Craig's Avatar
    This is my first time that I have considered doing an pre-order, so I have a question.

    My primary account does not have an upgrade, a line on my account does though. Can you transfer an upgrade when ordering through Apple, or would that only be available through my carrier? My guess is only through my carrier. The account I would be switching from is a non-smartphone line too, so I'd rather not mess with that line or add a data plan to it.
    Normally yes, have done this every year for the last few years with AT&T... once activated they can switch numbers to the devices.

    Plus you will have to keep both lines live with a data plan. They won't do that and cancel your other data plan, that is the point of the subsidy plan.

    However I am not upgrading this year and I don't know what carrier you are using.
    09-12-2012 09:22 PM
  9. LSglock89's Avatar
    I'm with Verizon...I'll probably just upgrade through them so I know I can for sure just transfer the upgrade.

    Thanks.
    09-12-2012 09:39 PM
  10. dfine1966's Avatar
    Sprint just announced pre ordering for 12:01 AM Pacific Time (3:01 AM ET) on September 14. I was wondering also, is it better to order from Sprint or Apple, or it doesn't matter. Also can you order Apple Care while you are ordering your phone online?
    09-12-2012 10:16 PM
  11. matthew23's Avatar
    I have the 4s on AT&T. I have decided for multiple reasons to switch to Verizon, mainly b/c AT&T is terrible in Chicago and I figure it is a good way to get the new iphone w/o buying outright. I am selling my 4s, I know I'll have ~$215 ETF from AT&T. Assuming I get at least $300 for my 4s, that pays for the ETF and leaves about $85 towards the new phone. I am planning on getting the 32gb at $299, so the prove is then at $285 plus a $30 activation fee. Brings the total up to $315 plus tax. (Sorry, just doing the mental math out loud).

    If I order from Apple.com on launch day (I understand in 12AM friday pacific time, so 2AM central for me, do I just pick the iphone I want and create a new account and pick a plan with Verizon right there? Then, do I tell them I want to port my number or just get a new number from Verizon and then have it changed to my new phone when it arrives? Will Verizon even do that or will I be stuck with a new number??

    What is the best way to switch carriers for the new phone but make sure my (old) phone stays active until I get the new one and port my number to it??

    Questions, questions. Thanks in advance.
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    09-13-2012 12:17 AM
  12. Fausty82's Avatar
    When you add porting a phone number and switching providers to the mix, you might be better off doing it in the store... I expect (but can't guarantee) that there will be sufficient inventory, but if this goes south in the middle of the night you could end up pretty much screwed...
    09-13-2012 12:25 AM
  13. matthew23's Avatar
    Yeah, I thought about that but it has to be pretty common through apple.com. Does anyone have any experience with this scenario?
    09-13-2012 12:26 AM
  14. ferg825's Avatar
    I'm with Verizon...I'll probably just upgrade through them so I know I can for sure just transfer the upgrade.

    Thanks.
    You can transfer upgrades to different lines via Verizon wireless online. That way you can just preorder to the line you want!
    09-13-2012 12:28 AM
  15. cfrazier1227's Avatar
    If I pre-order through Sprint can I pick it up in the store on the 21st? Or will it be shipped on the 21st and I'd have to wait until it reached my address.
    09-13-2012 12:31 AM
  16. nino63004's Avatar
    When I pre-ordered the iPhone 4S I had to wait till 3am EST in order to get it on Verizon site
    09-13-2012 12:47 AM
  17. akag's Avatar
    I have the 4s on AT&T. I have decided for multiple reasons to switch to Verizon, mainly b/c AT&T is terrible in Chicago and I figure it is a good way to get the new iphone w/o buying outright. I am selling my 4s, I know I'll have ~$215 ETF from AT&T. Assuming I get at least $300 for my 4s, that pays for the ETF and leaves about $85 towards the new phone. I am planning on getting the 32gb at $299, so the prove is then at $285 plus a $30 activation fee. Brings the total up to $315 plus tax. (Sorry, just doing the mental math out loud).

    If I order from Apple.com on launch day (I understand in 12AM friday pacific time, so 2AM central for me, do I just pick the iphone I want and create a new account and pick a plan with Verizon right there? Then, do I tell them I want to port my number or just get a new number from Verizon and then have it changed to my new phone when it arrives? Will Verizon even do that or will I be stuck with a new number??

    What is the best way to switch carriers for the new phone but make sure my (old) phone stays active until I get the new one and port my number to it??

    Questions, questions. Thanks in advance.
    My situation exactly. Will be switching. (no ATT LTE where I work, pathetic where I live. )

    I will preorder from Apple. Will choose Verizon 6 gig plan (have VZ iPad and will add that later). Don't care what number I get.
    Once I have the phone and it works fine I will call Verizon. (or go to store). Port the number from ATT and close that line (family plan). ATT will add ETF to bill.
    Verizon will change your number to the one you are porting. In 2009 it was free. Might cost money now
    Then I can unlock my ATT 4S (ATT confirmed it yesterday) and sell.
    09-13-2012 12:52 AM
  18. hollidizzle's Avatar
    the big question is: how long do we have to wait to RECIEVE the phone after pre-ordering? I wanted to pre-order this year as opposed to another all night camp out... BUT, i remember pre-orders being delayed up to 3 weeks last year and I just can't deal with that
    09-13-2012 08:29 AM
  19. dcgore's Avatar
    I'm going with the Verizon site in my case. Last year the apple site crashed for like 3 hours.
    09-13-2012 09:06 AM
  20. gammills08's Avatar
    Sprint just announced pre ordering for 12:01 AM Pacific Time (3:01 AM ET) on September 14. I was wondering also, is it better to order from Sprint or Apple, or it doesn't matter. Also can you order Apple Care while you are ordering your phone online?
    Yes you can order the apple care when doing this no problem.
    09-13-2012 09:59 AM
  21. sjsutton's Avatar
    Has anyone heard anything about being able to reserve an iPhone 5 for an Apple Store pick-up? I know you're able to purchase and pick-up via the Apple Store app, but I haven't heard anything about being able to do that for the 5.
    I know Apple did that with the 3GS, 4 and 4S.

    Anything anyone has heard about this, please share.

    Thanks!
    09-13-2012 12:00 PM
  22. bloomingsuzie's Avatar
    My situation exactly. Will be switching. (no ATT LTE where I work, pathetic where I live. )

    I will preorder from Apple. Will choose Verizon 6 gig plan (have VZ iPad and will add that later). Don't care what number I get.
    Once I have the phone and it works fine I will call Verizon. (or go to store). Port the number from ATT and close that line (family plan). ATT will add ETF to bill.
    Verizon will change your number to the one you are porting. In 2009 it was free. Might cost money now
    Then I can unlock my ATT 4S (ATT confirmed it yesterday) and sell.
    I'm in a similar situation. My contract with Verizon is up on the 27th and I'm looking to change carriers when I buy the iphone 5 and I really want to pre-order it tomorrow. Is there are way to just have overlapping service for like a week so I don't get slammed with an early termination fee? Or am I better off waiting until I can get my hands on one after the 27th, however long that may be with the crazy demand?
    09-13-2012 01:12 PM
  23. dcgore's Avatar
    Has anyone heard anything about being able to reserve an iPhone 5 for an Apple Store pick-up? I know you're able to purchase and pick-up via the Apple Store app, but I haven't heard anything about being able to do that for the 5.
    I know Apple did that with the 3GS, 4 and 4S.

    Anything anyone has heard about this, please share.

    Thanks!
    No reason not to expect this from apple this time around.
    09-13-2012 01:36 PM
  24. Raptor007's Avatar
    In the past I pre-ordered with Verizon, but I may go directly to Apple this time so I am guaranteed to get it on Friday early and not late like Verizon tends to deliver. I won't be up at 3am to pre-order though so hopefully they don't get back logged on Apple's site by the time I can that morning.
    09-13-2012 01:41 PM
  25. dcgore's Avatar
    I'm in a similar situation. My contract with Verizon is up on the 27th and I'm looking to change carriers when I buy the iphone 5 and I really want to pre-order it tomorrow. Is there are way to just have overlapping service for like a week so I don't get slammed with an early termination fee? Or am I better off waiting until I can get my hands on one after the 27th, however long that may be with the crazy demand?
    Yes, very tough. I do however think there's a solution. You'll have to open a new account with the new carrier when pre-ordering the phone. Get a new phone number and once your contract is up with VZ, call your new carrier and tell them you'd like to change phone numbers. At this point you'll port your number over from VZ. Now, it is important to keep your current number active until porting otherwise you'll lose it and besides, you're waiting to be off contract.

    Best luck!
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    09-13-2012 01:42 PM
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