US carriers to open at 8 am Friday for iPhone launch

By , Sep 16, 2013

Verizon Wireless store (interior 001)

With Apple not offering pre-orders for the iPhone 5s, folks hoping to score the handset on launch day will have to make their way to a local retailer. A number of outlets will be selling the new iPhones on Friday, including Walmart and Radio Shack.

What time should you get there? Well some folks have already been in line for several days now. But if you’re not that committed, we recommend getting there as early on Friday morning as possible. It looks like most retailers are opening at 8 am…

We’ve been able to confirm that, like Apple Stores, all major carriers participating in this week’s iPhone launch will be opening their store doors at 8 am. That includes select corporate and third-party locations for Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

T-Mobile iPhone launch line

Unfortunately, our local Walmart was unable to give us any launch-day details. But it’s possible that since many of the company’s stores are open 24 hours, they could start selling the new handsets as early as midnight—they’ve done it before.

Radio Shack also seems like a wildcard, as the staff we talked to confirmed they won’t be opening up until 9 am on Friday. And even then, reps from two different locations said they won’t be receiving their iPhone shipments until that afternoon.

So from the sounds of things, your best bet is to get to an Apple or carrier store as early as possible on Friday morning, or even Thursday night. I also recommend calling ahead of time to confirm they’ll have stock, as details vary from store to store.

Looking to avoid the launch day rush? The iPhone 5c is currently available for pre-order, and the iPhone 5s will be available for online purchase starting at 12:01 am on September 20.

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  • f96lrs

    I’ll be online 11:59

  • Nasser Cedeño

    im going to Sleep in my car in the AT&T Parking Lot until 3AM to get in the line oh yeah

  • Dalton

    If you buy it online at 2:01, will it ship that day? If not you’ll find me at my local best buy when it opens at 10;)

  • ifunphoneguy

    anyone know delivery times on both phones if ordering online?

  • iBanks

    I wonder if Best Buy will allow purchase at 12:01am and set for in store pick up to pick it up that morning. Hhhhmmm…

  • Patrick

    i have to wait till 9:30 to get mine in the uk

  • n0ahcruz3

    No iphone preorders XX amount after 24 hours or during weekend announcent? Whats going on apple? I was expecting they would announce how many iphone 5C preorders during the weekend.

    • Hwang Lee

      It’s either because they’re doing something very secret or because the sales were too embarrassing to post.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Investors will see this as negative and demand for 5C is weak. Apple usually announce preorder sales during weekend but today it is quiet. And thats a red flag if you ask me. Im curious what apple apologist here will be saying about that. If im right about 5C not going to sell well, expect it will be the same with 5S.

      • Hwang Lee

        Agreed 100%

  • 123

    Can i Pick it up from Apple store after ordering online ?

    • solidsephiroth

      I’ve heard no, unfortunately. If we are allowed, I’m definitely doing that.

  • solidsephiroth

    How long does it usually take for a “just released” iPhone to reach the consumer once they order it online? Are there different shipping options? I know you guys can just guestimate based on your past experiences.

  • Trevor Salmon

    I’m an authorized user on our family plan. If i go to the Apple store without the account holder will I be able to buy the iPhone or do i need to have the account holder with me?

    • solidsephiroth

      I’d verify with them that you have full authorization to do that. I did that last week to be ready.

    • iBanks

      You’re good.

    • Rafael Castillo

      Verify that you are first, then go to the store. I went to buy the 4S by myself and the lady asked me for my parent. (I was 18 at the time & an authorized account holder.)

  • Roman Rivera

    I was able to “pre-order” an iPhone 5s at my local Sprint store on Friday last week….

  • batongxue

    By the way, at what time on Wednesday will iOS7 officially arrive?

  • Roman Rivera

    i got my Gold 32gb 5S preordered @ my local sprint store last friday…

  • CASEACE79

    Well I have a friend who is the mgr of my local verizon shop and they still don’t know if they will have any on release day. He told me as soon as he finds out he’ll let me know. Just need to know where to camp out cause I will have one release day.