Apple is taking iPhone 5 pre-orders starting 12:01am Pacific, 3am Eastern on September 14. That’s tomorrow and less than 24 hours from now. In addition to the online Apple Store, carriers Sprint, AT&T and Verizon have confirmed they will be taking pre-orders for the phone at the same time.

Several regional U.S. carriers also announced availability and retailer Walmart said it will be taking pre-orders at its U.S. stores starting at 8am, priced at $189.97 with a two-year AT&T, Verizon or Sprint contract.

With plenty of options for those who are planning on upgrading, I’m wondering if you prefer pre-ordering or standing in line for this year’s iPhone…

At any rate, if you’re gonna pay full price for your iPhone 5, keep tabs on what regional U.S. carriers are offering in your area. We know that Cricket, C Spire, GCI and Appalachian Wireless will all be landing the iPhone 5 on September 28.

If you’re going prepaid and off-contract, Cricket and Virgin are worth checking out.

With that in mind, cast your vote right now.



I’m guessing you’ll wanna pre-order the iPhone 5 without losing your unlimited data plan? Gizmodo has a handy guide on that.

Perhaps you’ll be jumping ship just to get the new iPhone? 148apps has you covered.

Pre-ordering online? Cult of Mac news editor John Brownlee has a bunch of useful tips on that, plus some carrier-specific advice.

Speaking of carriers, Ina Fried of AllThingsD wrote a nice roundup of some important fine print they ain’t telling you about.

Don’t want to wait in line for the iPhone 5? TaskRabbit will do it for you.

Speaking of standing in line, remember this?

Feel free to join the discussion with other fellow iDB readers down in the comments.

As for me, I’m most concerned about whether we’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone 5 off-contract and unlocked from day one.

If last year is an indication, Apple will push us into lengthy contracts by refusing to release the unlocked iPhone 5 on the online Apple store until 2013.

Also, if you’re a true fanboy – that is, the type who upgrades every year as I do – you’ll wanna avoid committing your soul to those nasty carriers for another two years.

  • Definately preorder.

  • I’ll tell you what I do. But first a little back story…

    Last year I pre-ordered the iPhone 4S. While I was waiting for my 4S to be delivered on the D-day, I went to AT&T to check out the line there. There was about 10-15 people in line. Nothing crazy. I went back home and waited pretty much all day for freaking FedEx to deliver my iPhone. Basically, I could have had an iPhone 4S hours away should have I purchased it directly from AT&T.

    So this year, here is what I’m going to do. I’m going to both pre-order and go to AT&T store on Sept. 21st. If I get my AT&T iPhone before the other one, I will just return the one I pre-ordered. No big deal. No matter what happens, I’ll win 🙂

    • J M

      How will you get the contract upgrade price for both of them? Or will you be paying full price for one?

      • ic0dex

        Full price you keep your original contract and you get an unlocked iPhone. I think this is the best way to go if you’re still under contract. If you’re still under contract it will cost you $500 for the 16gb and you will get a new 2 year contract.

    • ic0dex

      Look the only reason i’ll buy the iPhone 5 is because the black one looks nice other than that I can care less about LTE. I personally think not a lot of people are going to be buying the iPhone 5 this year because a lot of people are still in contract. I was planing on Unlocking my iPhone 4S and selling it for $400 then adding $300 and getting an unlocked one without a contract. I wonder what will they do the the iPhone 5S on September 12th 2013?

    • J M

      Second question for you Sebastien, will you be preordering through AT&T’s website, or apple? Any advantage or disadvantage?

    • heres what i did with the new iPad. I pre-ordered online, then I called UPS or FEDEX (can’t remember what one) and had them hold it at their facility before it even arrived there, and bam whenever it was able to go get it, I could, that way your not waiting on them ALL DAY cuz you do have to sign for it. Its well worth it and I think you can even have them hold it by doing it online. But if you call they can def hold the package for you. I will probably do the same thing with this pre-order.

    • javierE186

      I think the article should be edited because Chris said ” If last year is an indication, Apple will push us into lengthy contracts by refusing to release the unlocked iPhone 5 on the online Apple store until 2013.” That statement is wrong, if you go buy what happened to the iPhone 4s then we should see an unlocked US iPhone 5 around November. The iPhone 4s was sold unlocked on November. It’s not a huge deal but I bet you many of us rather get the unlocked version in November than January lol

  • Noori

    or will u buy it 😛 ?

  • Where is the third option? lol

    • Kurt

      Nokia 920

  • While I do like the nostalgia of waiting in line for moments like this, it’s just not worth it anymore when you can pre-order. I stood in line for the first one for a few hours, now years later that’s turned into days or weeks.

  • I’d rather just win one from iDownloadblog…

  • niether, i’ll be getting it when it’s cheaper when my contract renews in april.

  • Pukka12

    Pre order. I did the line up for the iPhone 4 and iPad 1/2. Will never do it again.

  • Lady: “its a galaxy S2, this phone is amazing”

    re-edit that*

    “its a galaxy S2, this phone is plastic and doesn’t have the latest OS still”

    • Gerard Hampton

      3gs is plastic and doesnt have the latest ios on it..

      • javierE186

        But it will in a week, not what we can say for Android phones that came out last year, actually a few months ago….

      • @Gerard your wrong the 3GS will be getting iOS 6 on wensday

  • Gray

    Does the 5 ship on the 21st or will it arrive the 21st? because if it does not arrive on that day i will go to store, thanks in advance for the response!

  • I’ll pre-order, because last year… I was having really bad day in work and suddenly the iPhone 4S arrived and everything was better… It’s a nice surprise.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    How about the option to not buy the phone?

  • Pre-order… nah….wait in line…nah…I will just keep my already superior S3, and leave my iphone 4 collecting dust…And Hopefully the 5s will be worth the wait!!

    • That is really cool!

    • S3 superior?????? We have a comedian here!!!!!! Go back to XDA until you get your big boy phone.

      • Gerard Hampton

        Not sure how you can debate this. S3 is superior. try to think like a big boy instead of a fanboy.

      • Why are you even on a Apple blog if you are all up in Samsungs ass?! Go away guy! XDA will gladly take you.

  • twited21

    When the ip4 was on sale July 24th 2 years ago I was lucky enough to get one after someone preordered one and didn’t turn up for it
    I was in and out of the shop in 15 mins while my friends woke up early to que

    I won’t be pre ordering the iphone or waiting in line
    I will probably get a 4g dongle keep my ip4 and ipad2 and use the 4g dongle to fuel them with data and run my laptop to
    the data speed for me is more important than the device after all it will be cheaper to stick with what I got and run a dongle than buying a new lte iPhone then having to get a new 4th gen iPad (which will look awesome when released)

  • Gerard Hampton

    not sure what its like in america and europe but when i got my 4s i just walked into a mall. Went over to my carriers store and signed up. whole process took about an hour and that was mostly because their computer system kept crashing. Not sure why you would queue up anywhere for longer than an hour. Just dont go to a busy shopping area.

  • Allready preordered

  • Ch@olin

    Just did it!!! 12:05AM, confirmation order receive !!!

    • mas

      How? All I’m getting is server unavailable

      • Ch@olin

        Works better on the Carriers websites, i did it with AT&T and was very fast and clear

  • Ch@olin

    abstract from Email—–
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    Congratulations! With AT&T, you get the nations’ fastest mobile broadband network* and the best coverage worldwide – more phones that work in more countries**.

  • Wade Mickenly

    Just pre-ordered mine from Verizon would much rather have it delivered than wait in line for even 20 minutes.

  • Primo Sidone

    Thumbs up if you choose the third option: NOT getting the iPhone 5 and giving Android a shot.

  • Carlos Briones

    I’ve decided to wait in line, how many hours ahead of time should I be there to guarantee myself a phone? I don’t want to wait too long…

  • kata

    samsung suck like shit