iPhone 5c Launch Day Supplies Generally Holding Up Well as Pre-Orders Begin

Six hours after it became available for pre-order in ten countries, most configurations of Apple's new iPhone 5c remain available for launch day delivery on the Apple Online Store and through mobile phone carriers.

Specifically, Apple's website is showing that the phone has slipped to 1-2 weeks delivery for customers in Hong Kong, with the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom still showing delivery fulfillment of September 20 except for outlying areas in some countries.

iphone5c Major U.S. carriers AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile still have the phone available for pre-order, with all configurations still available. The only sign of weakness spotted so far is at Sprint, which notes that it may not be able to make delivery of all orders on September 20, with the yellow 32 GB model apparently under the tightest supply.

We’ll do our best to get it to you by 9/20; but because of high demand, some phones will ship in up to 2 weeks. iPhone 5c yellow 32GB will ship in up to 3 weeks. A tracking number will be sent when your phone ships.

Apple is offering the 16GB iPhone 5c on most carriers for $99 with a new two-year contract, while the 32GB version of the phone is selling for $199. The unlocked GSM version of the 16GB iPhone 5c is available for $549, while the 32GB version of the 5c retails for $649.

Following today's start of pre-orders, the iPhone 5c will become available next Friday, September 20. Apple’s other flagship device, the iPhone 5s, will go on sale in store and online the same day and will not have a pre-order period.

Update: Some seven hours after the start of pre-orders, Apple's U.S. online store has experienced its first launch-day sellout, with the unlocked yellow 16 GB model currently showing an estimated shipment date of September 25.

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Top Rated Comments

fins831 Avatar
106 months ago
that's cause everyone is waiting for the 5s
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cheesyappleuser Avatar
106 months ago
Remember the 5C as the greatest flop from Apple in the recent years.
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(yes, even considering Siri and Maps)
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Xgm541 Avatar
106 months ago
+1.. no demands for the 5C... what a waste of R&D.
Generally..... most people want the latest and the greatest!

Not really THAT much R&D. Plastic isnt anything special to work with.

Also you'd be surprised! Many people see that $100 as saved, and will get the cheaper model. The MR forum users will probably want the latest and greatest but we do not represent the general public.

I've seen plenty of people get the 4s when the 5 came out just because it was $100 cheaper.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LostSoul80 Avatar
106 months ago
what a waste of R&D.

I'm pretty confident they didn't spend much on that.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
musika Avatar
106 months ago
It's definitely interesting to watch how the 5c preorders are going compared to previous iPhone preorders, especially if you're one of the people who believe that the 5c is really the new mainstream iPhone for most people, which I do believe.

I assume that one of the big reasons that the delivery dates are still so good after six hours, besides the fact that they were probably able to produce a crap ton of these, is mostly that a lot of the people who care enough to stay up late to preorder are people who care enough to get the 5s.

It'll definitely be fun to see numbers on 5c sales vs. 5s sales, considering Apple provides them to us.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Yaboze Avatar
106 months ago
The 5C is the beginning of a new cycle.

They come out with a new flagship unibody aluminum or new material phone and last years phones guts go into a plastic cheaper model. They don't want to make the 5 and 5S at the same time.

It also gives you the feeling of getting something newish.

With that, I don't expect a high number of initial orders for the 5c, but I expect over time it will be a big seller with new customers. This is a phone for the long haul, not a phone people will stand days in line for.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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