blue white pink iPhone 5c side by side

Looking to grab Apple’s new iPhone 5c? Then you better keep your credit card handy. It appears that pre-orders for the new handset are set to begin Friday, September 13—that’s tomorrow—at 12:01 am Pacific Time.

The information comes from U.S. carrier partners Verizon and Sprint, who have both posted pre-order info on their websites. Apple hasn’t confirmed the time yet, but it has in year’s past coordinated with the providers…

MacRumors points to the “Why Verizon?” tab located on Verizon’s iPhone 5s/5c feature page, which allows customers to sign up for updates on availability. And as you can see, the text reads ‘pre-order begins at 3:01 am.’

vzw 5c preorder

That’s 3:01 am Eastern Standard Time, which is 3 hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone Apple typically uses. Also note that it doesn’t specify if this is for the iPhone 5s or 5c, although we have heard there will be no 5s pre-orders.

Sprint has posted a similar message on its website, calling for a 2:00 am Central Time (or again, 12:00 am Pacific Time) launch for pre-orders. It, however, is careful to point out that advanced orders are for the iPhone 5c only.

sprint 5c preorder

If you’re wondering if you’ll be able to pre-order an iPhone 5c this Friday, click here to view a list of the initial launch countries. And if you’d like to learn more about Apple’s new handsets, click here for a complete rundown.

So, who plans on pre-ordering an iPhone 5c tomorrow?

  • batongxue

    It would be interesting to see how long it takes Apple to get out of stock THIS TIME.

  • MR

    I’m traveling to the US; I want to get an iPhone 5c or 5S. Near to where I’ll be is a Mall with an Apple Store there; Can anyone tell me if I’ll be luky enough to buy one unlocked version the first day it comes out? (I mean, is it usual to run out of stock on the first day of an unlocked version?) Plz tell me, in my country we don’t have apple stores, just retailers so I don’t know how is it to be in front of the store on the launch date. haha

    • Dave Weinstock

      In the past, generally the factory unlocked version of the newest iPhone comes out about a month after the release date.

      • MR

        They are already on the page of Apple (the unlocked version and the price to preorder it) so I guess they’ll be available on the same date (September 20) at the Apple Stores. Am I right? (i think It’s the first time that the unlocked price of a new iPhone appears on the webpage the same day it was presented)

    • Kevin Guzman

      Depending on where you’re from, you can also just buy a Verizon iPhone 5s retail price, and use the CDMA network from the Verizon network with your carrier, but from what I know, most carriers use GSM internationally. You can always ask one of the Apple Store employees for assistance as well.

    • Rowan09

      Depending on the Mall but be prepared to line up, go early in the morning. I did it once at a mall by me and was in line for about 2 hours before I got my phone. Apple treats you good at that mall by offering you water and food for free while you wait. I’m from NY by the way.

    • alexanderlyd

      DONT buy an iphone in the states, they have a different model there and it wont work in europe or anywhere else(the sim just wont work), even the GSM version.

      • MR

        dunno about europe, but in most South America countries (or all?) the iPhone works perfectly.

  • Dave Weinstock

    I don’t understand why Apple has even bothered with a pre-order for the 5c. Especially in the US. Its just last year’s model with colors. I wouldn’t think this is really the phone that people will be lining up and fighting for. The only reason I can think of is to boost sales numbers for release weekend.

    • n0ahcruz3

      If few people lined up for this, Apple is toast! Lol

      • Rowan09

        If a few people line up for the 5c they’re toast? I lined up once for experience for the 4 about 2 hours and I got my phone. They even give people free food and water. I don’t line up anymore so I just get a preorder which I believe most people are going to do.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Then why no preorders for 5S? If you notice the last 2 iphone releases people lining up for product launch was few to non existent. Apple wants to create the hype again. And investors are observing.

      • Rowan09

        Wrong again. Dude the last iPhone was the biggest selling. I had lines by the Apple stores by me, At&T stores etc doesn’t really have lines. You need to do some research bro before making these wrong statements. What the hell did Apple do to you just go and get another phone instead of hating and telling lies?

      • n0ahcruz3

        How do you know last iphone was best selling mind giving me some raw numbers? Just for the iphone 5. Since iphone 5 launch not some preorder numbers. I know apple sold 31 mil. iPhones 4/4S/5 combined for q3. But im asking for just the 5. I’ll wait.

      • Rowan09
        This is just for I quarter and it will take too much work to give you each quarter for the iPhone 5 alone. The iPhone 5 is the fasting selling iPhone and is far from a flop.

  • Evangeloz Tsalikidis

    Could we please have a “TIME” for Melbourne, Australia ?

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    • Brian Kieffer

      Can you seriously not do something as simple as a time-zone conversion or, heck, using Google?

  • iAppleTech

    I have a question: I want to buy both the 5S and 5C. I’m buying the 5S on contract and the 5C off contract. First off, can I do that? If I can should I 1.)Preorder 5C and wait in line for 5S on the 20th?
    2.)Preorder 5C and buy 5S online on the 20th?

    3.)Buy 5S and 5C at the store on the 20th?
    4.)Buy 5S and 5C online on the 20th?

    Let me know which option would get me both devices the fastest. By the way, if it helps my closet Apple Store is in Santa Clara, CA.


    • Rowan09

      Preorder 5s and pick up 5c in the store. I doubt you’ll be able to purchase any of them online on the 20th since I’m assuming the demand will be high leading to delays.

  • Bob

    Why would someone buy the 5C is beyond me. I don’t see anything appealing about it and it’s not that much cheaper than the 5s.

    • MR

      In my case, I’ve never had an iPhone, and I need at least 32GB, so the 5c version is cheaper than the 5s 32gb.

      • Bob

        You do realise the iPhone 5c is basically an iPhone 5 right? It just has a new cheaper plastic shell so it gets a new pricetag.

        You’d get a 32GB iPhone 5 cheaper than you’d get a 5C for if you want cheap.

        The 5S might cost a little bit more than the 5C, but not by much, think of everything you will be getting for that little bit more.

      • Jerwyn Feria

        The release of the 5c is and equivalent gesture of price dropping the iphone 4s and freeing the 3gs last year when iPhone 5 launched last year. So what, it has a plastic shell. At least the price of the 5c isn’t the same as 5s while the 5s could have been a little more expensive. now that would be ridiculous, don’t you think.

      • Rowan09

        If your buying on contract trust me it will be worth it to get the 5s 32GB unless you just really want a colorful phone. In any case you can get a colorful case. I always recommend the newer models if your purchasing off contract I would still recommend the same.

  • MHCsk

    Who would even buy that? It’s just a plastic iPhone 5. Just spend 100$ more and you have the amazing iPhone 5S.

    • Tom Brady

      Some people don’t have that 100 bucks extra. Some people didn’t have the original iPhone 5. And some people are going to have to purchase one for himself and one for his girl so getting her this one is better

      • richrich

        something tells me that if they can afford 5c, they can also afford 5s.

      • Tom Brady

        Spend 200 and get two phones, or spend 400 and get two phones. Its better for me

    • richrich

      that’s true.

  • richrich

    this is going to be interesting

  • Lance Baker

    Why aren’t they doing a 5s preorder?

    • Tom Brady

      I don’t know why they bucking on the 5s preorder. I’ll buy it online

  • Yujin

    iPhone 5S orders begin 9/20. A week later. So the 20th, will probably be a slow day at the apple store. Still I can just order one on the 20th and get it soon after that. Not a big deal

  • Africanking

    Looks ugly & childish.