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iPhone 5c Pre-Orders to Begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time on Friday, September 13

While Apple announced at yesterday's media event that pre-orders for the iPhone 5c will begin on Friday, September 13, the company has not yet specified at what time it will begin taking orders. Information from U.S. carrier partners Verizon and Sprint indicates, however, that the pre-orders should go live at roughly midnight Pacific Time on Friday morning.

Given that Apple and its U.S. carrier partners typically begin pre-orders at the same time and the timing published by Verizon and Sprint is in line with that seen for the past several iPhone releases, it seems likely that the coordinated launch will once again take place at that time.

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Verizon email sign-up

Verizon's pre-order information, available on the "Why Verizon?" tab of the carrier's iPhone 5s/5c feature page, allows potential customers to sign up for email updates on availability of the two new iPhones and states that pre-orders will be going live at 3:01 AM Eastern Time (12:01 AM Pacific Time) on September 13, but does not mention that those pre-orders are limited to the iPhone 5c models. Apple will not be offering pre-orders for the iPhone 5s ahead of its September 20 launch, and the company's carrier partners will undoubtedly be following Apple's lead.

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Sprint iPhone 5c information

Sprint has posted similar information on its website, announcing a 2:00 AM Central Time launch for iPhone 5c pre-orders, which corresponds to midnight Pacific Time.

Outside the United States, pre-orders for the iPhone 5c will also be going live on Friday for customers in the following countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. Apple's pre-order timing is likely to be the same for all countries, so customers should check their time zone conversions from Pacific Time. Local carriers may also have different pre-order start times in those countries.

(Thanks, Daniel!)

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15 months ago
I'm not so sure this is one you're going to need to pre-order. You could probably just show up to the store.
Rating: 49 Votes
15 months ago
Steve is turning over in his grave after knowing that his “iPhone” turned to be “hon”

Rating: 42 Votes
15 months ago
This thing is overpriced by about $100 per device. I seriously have no idea who would buy this...
Rating: 24 Votes
15 months ago
I think you all underestimate the market that will buy these iPhones. In a years time they will be seen all over High Schools, College Campuses, and along the sidelines of little league games. I will bet money that not only will the 5C sell like hotcakes, but they will outsell the 5S. You can archive this post and hold me to it.
Rating: 18 Votes
15 months ago

Lol - so much fail with apple over this.

Americans don't want an iPhone 5C


5C will easily outsell to S.
Rating: 13 Votes
15 months ago

Steve is turning over in his grave after knowing that his “iPhone” turned to be “hon”

Image (http://images.apple.com/iphone/accessories/images/iphone5c_cases_gallery_yellow_pink.jpg#gallery-iphone5c-yellow-pink)


Oh God that color combination

-barfs-
Rating: 13 Votes
15 months ago

Maybe you live nowhere near an Apple store, nor a company owned cellular store?

Maybe you have to work (yes, I know people that work 12 hour shifts routinely)?

Maybe you don't want to deal with people in the store?



Maybe he meant something entirely different...let me translate:

"The iPhone 5C isn't that special. Therefore, it won't be in high demand. And thus, preorder isn't a big deal."
Rating: 12 Votes
15 months ago

I'm not so sure this is one you're going to need to pre-order. You could probably just show up to the store.


Maybe you live nowhere near an Apple store, nor a company owned cellular store?

Maybe you have to work (yes, I know people that work 12 hour shifts routinely)?

Maybe you don't want to deal with people in the store?
Rating: 12 Votes
15 months ago
This is why they're only doing pre-orders for the 5C. They want to test the temperature of the market... (shiver) it's cold Apple!

Premium pricing and absurd pricing aren't necessarily the same thing.
Rating: 11 Votes
15 months ago

I think you all underestimate the market that will buy these iPhones. In a years time they will be seen all over High Schools, College Campuses, and along the sidelines of little league games. I will bet money that not only will the 5C sell like hotcakes, but they will outsell the 5S. You can archive this post and hold me to it.


I'm seeing far too many kids and teenagers with Android phones on the sidewalks of LA to believe this. That's the problem - the pricing of the 5C won't drive people to buy the 5S, it'll drive them into the arms of Samsung, HTC, Huawei et al. My friend's teenager loves her Lumia and the 5C doesn't stand a chance of winning that business back.
Rating: 11 Votes

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