While it appears there will not be any preorders available for the iPhone 5s, many retailers and carriers are announcing their iPhone 5c pre-order plans. Starting tonight at 12:01 am Pacific Time tonight, you’ll be able to place your pre-order directly with Apple and have it delivered right to your door on the 20th – as long as you’re able to beat out the other customers (potentially millions) to the punch.
As a result, it may be better to work out a pre-order with a carrier or retailer as the demand could be much more sporadic, as it has been in past years. On the other hand, these outlets usually receive less stock and Apple supplies their own stores more quickly than they do for third-parties. We’ll be watching the shipping times as these pre-orders roll out so check back frequently.
Below you will find all of the current announcements, but you should definitely also take a look at how to get the most money for your current iPhone:
Pre-ordering an iPhone 5c will be available starting tomorrow, September 13th, right when the stores open (in-store only). To pre-order the phone, you’ll have to visit a location and purchase a $50 Best Buy gift card to hold your spot and you’ll need to come back to purchase the phone once it’s released (you can use the gift card). The company isn’t promising that pre-ordering will guarantee you September 20th availability, so you’ll want to be there bright and early tomorrow morning to make sure you get one of the first spots. The retailer is not offering any special pricing beyond Apple’s price points.
Pre-ordering the iPhone 5c through Walmart will actually get you $20 off – they’re offering the device for $79 starting tomorrow and it’ll be available for pickup on September 20th. That is, of course, if you’re able to beat out everyone else that’ll be grabbing this great deal. They’ll be offering the iPhone 5s for $189 starting September 20th. Expect huge Black Friday-like lines and very few units.
Radio Shack is yet another retailer that is doing pre-orders in-store only starting tomorrow when stores open. You’ll be able to reserve your spot for all carriers, colors, and storage sizes.
The “Uncarrier” will be offering pre-orders for the iPhone 5c starting tomorrow (time unspecified). You can “express interest” in the phone by typing your information on this form. Unlike other carrier offerings, the iPhone 5c on T-Mobile will be $0 down. The cost of the device will be paid through 24 monthly payments of $22.
Pre-orders on Verizon will start September 13th at 12:01 Pacific Time through the website.
Just like Verizon, Sprint will be offering pre-orders September 13th at 12:01 Pacific Time through its website.
Lastly, AT&T will follow suit and offer iPhone 5c pre-orders through their website tomorrow morning at 12:01 Pacific Time. Above is a price matrix dealing both contract and AT&T Next pricing. The 5S, while listed above, will not be available for pre-order.
TELUS, Bell, Roger, and Fido will be all offering iPhone 5c pre-orders tomorrow. Pricing information is scarce and we also can’t tell if these pre-orders will be available online or in-store only and what time they will start.
- Radio Shack stores will also start taking iPhone 5c pre-orders tomorrow (9to5mac.com)
- Ahead of iPhone event, the Apple Store goes down (9to5mac.com)
- Apple brings iPhone 5s & 5c to Japan’s NTT DOCOMO, consolidates models with more LTE bands (9to5mac.com)
- China Telecom apparently slips iPhone 5S, 5C arriving in China at launch, temporarily offers pre-orders (9to5mac.com)
- Apple gets back in the iPhone dock game with 5c and 5s docks (9to5mac.com)
- Samsung responds to new iPhones: will focus on China, says 64-bit chips coming for Galaxy phones (9to5mac.com)
- iPhone 5s battery capacity 10 percent up on iPhone 5, 5c up 5 percent (9to5mac.com)