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iPhone 5 Pre-orders Set to Begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time Tomorrow [Update: Confirmed]

While Apple has yet to officially announce tomorrow's starting time for iPhone 5 pre-orders, it is beginning to look like the launch will follow the same pattern as last year with pre-orders starting at 12:01 AM Pacific Time / 3:01 AM Eastern Time.

Apple sales representatives have been telling customers asking about availability that pre-orders will begin at that time, and both Verizon and Sprint have announced 12:01 AM Pacific launches for their own pre-orders. AT&T has not yet officially released a pre-order starting time.


Last year, Apple was nearly 45 minutes late in starting pre-orders and experienced significant issues with online processing for quite some time after they did launch, and many users had better luck pre-ordering through their carriers.

Update 10:24 AM: Apple has confirmed to Wired that it will begin taking iPhone 5 pre-orders at 12:01 AM Pacific Time tomorrow.

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30 months ago
I don't care what anyone says. This iPhone update was everything I could ask for and more. I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this thing!!
Rating: 37 Votes
30 months ago

I've already set my alarm for 3:00 am EST!!:D


I'm setting mine for 2:30, 2:45. 2:55. 2:58
Rating: 22 Votes
30 months ago

isn't midnight pacific, 9pm eastern?! That's what i did last year while traveling in NY, i think it was 9pm eastern?! Maybe it changed?


I don't now where you live but where I am the sun rises in the East.
Rating: 14 Votes
30 months ago

I'd rather get up at 3 than pay tax on the unsubsidized price of the phone.


I'd rather live in CA where the weather is beautiful all year round than not pay tax on the unsubsidized price of the phone.:rolleyes:
Rating: 9 Votes
30 months ago

meh :( "iPhone 4GS" would have been a more applicable name.


The iPhone5 is a nice incremental upgrade, but not enough for me to rush out and replace my iPhone4 (even after two years of using it now).


incremental?

20% thinner
20% lighter
LTE
Screen made to 4 inches
Improved Battery life
40% better color saturation
TWICE AS FAST

How come Apple has to reinvent the phone every damn year? This is a significant upgrade
Rating: 9 Votes
30 months ago
I've already set my alarm for 3:00 am EST!!:D
Rating: 8 Votes
30 months ago

I don't get what the fuss is about. iOS is very disappointing. So limiting and restrictive. Have you people seen Android Jelly Bean on the latst Samsung hardware. It puts iOS to shame and 5 years behind.

This iPhone is release has nothing new. The processor is slow compared to Samsung, the screen is small. Apple have lost their way.

I've had an iPhone for the past 4 years. This year is my last. In November my contract is up for renewal and I will be hopping to the future which is Android.

That's my 2 cents...


Bye bye. We will not miss you. Have fun in frag-men-tation Android land!
Rating: 8 Votes
30 months ago
Can't wait! I'm getting 16GB AT&T Black
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago
Glad I live in CA.....
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago
I contacted AT&T via their live chat and here is what transpired.

AT&T sales representatives are happy to assist you with your questions.

AT&T sales representatives will not have access to your personal account. This service is provided to you under AT&Ts Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
You are now chatting with Lamar, an AT&T sales representative.

Lamar: Welcome to AT&T online Feature Sales. How may I assist you with your features today?
ME: Hello, Lamar
ME: If I upgrade my iPhone and pre-order the iPhone 5 on the app store on my iPhone, will I be charged at the time of order, or will the charge go on my monthly phone bill?
Lamar: I don't have that information but it should tell you how the charges work.
ME: It?
Lamar: AT&T will offer iPhone 5 beginning Friday, Sept. 21. Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone 5 online beginning Friday, Sept. 14 at www.att.com/iphone. iPhone 5 will be available for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model, and $399.99 for the 64GB model.
ME: OK, I can pre-order through AT&T?
ME: What time on Friday will that be available?

Lamar: On the 21st you can log on the web to view the iPhone I do not have a time.
ME: Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone 5 online beginning Friday, Sept. 14 at www.att.com/iphone. Where can I find the time that this starts?
Lamar: Its not going to tell you the time
Lamar: I am explaining you would log on the web on the 21st to see the offer.
Lamar: You can try at 12am if you like
ME: 12 am what time zone?
Lamar: I don't have that information.
ME: I know I can order on the 21st. I'm trying to figure out when I can pre-order.
Lamar: Feel free to give customer care a call concerning more information on the iPhone at 800-331-0500
ME: I thought you were customer service!
Lamar: You have logged on to feature support
Lamar: While you're online today, what else can I help you with?
ME: I was sent here after I clicked on a link to ask questions about upgrades. I was sent to a billing specialist. He forwarded me to you. Now you say you are feature support.
Lamar: I suggest you log on the web on the 21st to view the iPhone offer
Lamar: At this time there is no time listed to order.
ME: I want to PRE-ORDER.
ME: On the 14th.
Lamar: I understand that
Lamar: Above says 21st
ME: Above it says the 14th.
ME: Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone 5 online beginning Friday, Sept. 14 at www.att.com/iphone.

Lamar: Feel free to contact Apple to see if you can order early.
ME: You sent that to me
Lamar: Correction you are correct per my message
Lamar: That means on the 14th you can log on the preorder
Lamar: While you're online today, what else can I help you with?
ME: You could find out what time (locally to my Central Time Zone) that I can log in to pre-order.
Lamar: No I can't
Lamar: If you would like to find the time zone of the web offers feel free to call customer care at 800-331-0500
ME: Hugs and Kisses. Have a great day!
Rating: 5 Votes

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