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The iPhone 5c became available for pre-order at 12:00 am PST this morning. Since then, hundreds of thousands (millions?) of people around the globe have placed orders for the new handset with Apple or one of its retail partners.

And for the most part, launch day supplies have held up. Last year, it only took an hour for iPhone 5 shipping times to slip on certain models. But this year, most configurations of the iPhone 5c remain available 10 hours after launch…

Supplies in Hong Kong were the first to fall, with shipping times dropping to to 1-2 weeks around 6 am this morning. Canada’s Apple store is showing similar shipping times, with every 5c model saying ‘ships between 9/20 and 9/24.’

Sprint is also showing signs of weakness, telling customers that “because of high demand” some phones could ship in to 2 weeks. The most popular configuration appears to be the unlocked yellow 16GB, which is sold out in most stores.

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Apple is offering the 16GB iPhone 5c on most carriers for $99 with a new two-year contract, and it’s $199 for the 32GB. The unlocked GSM version of the 16GB handset is going for $549, and the 32GB version of the 5c is going for $649.

The iPhone 5c is being sold this year alongside the iPhone 5s—it’s the first time Apple has offered two new handsets. The 5s, however, isn’t up for pre-order, and won’t be available for purchase online or in retail stores until September 20.

Have you had trouble finding the iPhone 5c model you wanted? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Boss

    The S in iPhone 5S stands for “Steve Jobs” and the C in iPhone 5C stands for “Cook, Tim” so that you know which phone is the good one

    • felixtaf

      ha ha.. Good one…

    • Maxim∑

      That’s a bit mean for Tim!

      • Sean Clark

        Steve Jobs had “One more thing.”
        Tim Cook has “Unapologetically plastic.”

      • Maxim∑

        apples marketing team is the one that creates the sentences and Jony ive reads it. This has absolutely nothing to do with Tim Cook

      • Mohammad Ridwan

        Jony Ive said ‘Unapologetically plastic’ not Cook.

    • Kwame Owusu

      Good one. How about iPhone 5 Colurs. iPhone Sensor

      • Mario Britten

        god damn i hate these stupid name speculations please stop it! ..thanks

      • Kwame Owusu

        U have no sense of humor. Not everything should be taken seriously

      • Mario Britten

        Yes i have a very good sense of humor but i don’t know why so many people care about the letter after the 5 😀 Just enjoy the phone guys 😀

    • Ted Forbes


  • chumawumba

    Funny I thought it would be the last

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Yeah, perhaps Apple and its partners thought the same and the unlocked yellow model had the least stock, that’s why it ran out quickly. The only good looking one IMO is the white.

      • Brian Kieffer

        I agree. I also think Apple shot themselves in the foot for not offering the 5c in black.

      • nyangejr

        they didn’t offer it so they can sell the cases, and to differentiate it with the older models

      • Brian Kieffer

        Not exactly a convincing theory. There is a white 5c that would “match” a white 5/5s just like a black 5c would “match” a black 5/5s.

  • Royce Otero

    I wonder how many units were sold.

  • dev29

    its really awesome the way that apple can sell a 2012 hardware phone and running out of stock o_o!!

  • kayla


    • Tom

      Done. 🙂

    • Y2J


    • richrich

      you’re awesome to share the news – I knew it would be free sooner or later. Thanks!

    • Maxim∑

      thank you!

    • Ali Morina

      thanks 🙂

  • Fevostone

    Can’t of had many in stock then coz yellow is the worse one it my eyes LOL

  • Dave

    This is kinda lame. I mean its $549 for the iPhone 5c without contract. I’d rather pay $100 more for the 5s.

    • DroidDoesnt_2

      Both models are lame…

      • Y2J

        Then why come here?

      • DroidDoesnt_2

        Simple (maybe not to you)….it’s called an opinion, guaranteed by the First Amendment.

      • Y2J

        If you think that both new iPhones are lame, why waste your time coming on here just to say that they’re lame? That’s all I’m saying.

      • DroidDoesnt_2

        See above response…

      • Dave

        I’m not saying that the new iPhones are lame. I honestly think that the touch fingerprint for the 5s is brilliant. I just believe that this watered down version isn’t worth a $500 price tag; maybe $300 or $200 for no contract.

    • Andy

      I’m pretty sure that’s part of Apple’s tactics, pay $100 more for a better phone.

    • solidsephiroth

      Probably wants to sell it on eBay for much more.

      • richrich

        that actually might be the case. Most countries don’t get to have 5c until December, so getting it now and selling off eBay may be very wise.

  • Med Mohamed

    iPhone C= iPhone Crap

  • Ignacio Virgen

    The pre order started in Hong Kong at 8:00pm Sep. 13th. I tried to check delivery times as soon it started and since 8:02pm it was already 1-2 weeks delivery time for each model of the 5 c

  • n0ahcruz3

    There is a rumor that retailers like walmart will offer 5C at $79 at launch?

    • HackThatTap

      It’s true

  • 4pplesauce

    the unapologetic iphone 5clitorus in grandma yellow first to sell out

  • maverickmax

    5c might still be expensive for asia..

  • Bob

    I doubt it went out of stock, they’re probably just saying that to get their stock prices back up after the drop.

  • ic0dex

    Because Apple only made 1000 Yellow iPhone 5C’s

  • Jae

    I don’t want a plastic Samsung phone. Why on Earth would I want a plastic phone from Apple? Just because it’s Apple doesn’t mean it isn’t crap. I have 10 Apple devices and new plastic one won’t be 11. This is crap IMO.