Want Your iPhone 5 On Launch Day? Get It From AT&T, Verizon, Or Sprint

Want Your iPhone 5 On Launch Day? Get It From AT&T, Verizon, Or Sprint

Don’t wait two weeks for your iPhone 5 — order it from your carrier instead.

If you woke up late and missed your chance to pre-order the iPhone 5 from Apple before shipping estimates slipped, then don’t worry; there’s still a chance you’ll be able to get a handset delivered to your door on launch day. At things stand, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are still promising iPhone 5 delivery on September 21, but you’ll have to be quick.

If you order your iPhone 5 from Apple now, there’s a good chance you’ll be waiting up to three weeks after its launch to get your device. So try ordering it from your carrier instead. All three iPhone providers in the U.S. — that’s AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint — are still stating launch day delivery for the device.

You’ll have to be quick, though. It took just one hour for shipping estimates to slip to two weeks on the Apple online store, so there’s a good chance carrier estimates will be slipping soon, too. The one thing to remember, of course, is that carriers sometimes provide an estimated delivery date that isn’t guaranteed, so you’ll have to double-check you will receive your order on September 21 before you place it. Sometimes, a carrier’s promise isn’t as good as Apple’s.

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  • bfizzzle

    some people are reporting that their ship times are 9/26 on verizon BTW

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=15673999&postcount=183

  • John Frum

    My ship date slipped to 9/28 before I was even able to get on Apple’s site, and the store pickup button was dimmed. My carrier’s site (AT&T) had problems, and I never was able to complete a transaction at all. With a 5 day ship time from Apple, it looks like I won’t be able to take advantage of Gazelle’s pledge to extend its offer ($375 for my 4S) until October 1.

    That’s OK. There are plenty of reasons to wait for the 5S (or whatever) anyway.

  • Being_SunnyR

    For some reason my order went in twice through Apple and got 2 separate emails and different order confirmations for the same exact line. If I end up getting 2 for $199 (16gb black-the although I have always had black iphones before and wanted a white one but the iphone 5 in black looks like a accessory to Batman’s stealth vehicle) I will end up gifting one to my gf. I hope they dont realise they r giving me 2 discounted phones on the same line.

  • SupaMac

    My ship date slipped to 9/28 before I was even able to get on Apple’s site, and the store pickup button was dimmed. My carrier’s site (AT&T) had problems, and I never was able to complete a transaction at all. With a 5 day ship time from Apple, it looks like I won’t be able to take advantage of Gazelle’s pledge to extend its offer ($375 for my 4S) until October 1.

    That’s OK. There are plenty of reasons to wait for the 5S (or whatever) anyway.

    Sell your phone before you get the 5. Then you will be able to get the Gazelle pledge.
    I sold my 32gig 4s on eBay on Monday for $550.
    Think outside the box, my man.

  • Sean Shamus McCabe

    It was weird because I had order the iPhone 5 from Verizon 15 minutes after the pre sale started. I ws try to also switch my account from AT&T to Verizon and then this afternoon my order status said the 26th to my dismay. Verizon had not charged me yet so at noon today I went to AT&T and it said i would get it on the 21st still so I canceled my Verizon pre order and ended up staying with AT&T. Just weird that it worked out that way with Verizon considering how early I made the order. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that I was also trying to switch providers.

  • ddevito

    My shipping date just got updated to Neveruary 30th 2000-never

  • Tallest_Skil

    My shipping date just got updated to Neveruary 30th 2000-never

    Shut up and go away.

  • Lou Schwing

    I ordered three phones (family plan) at the AT&T site at 4 AM PDT. It took only 10 to 15 minutes and I got a shipping date of 9/21. Worked just great.

  • Koban4max

    My shipping date just got updated to Neveruary 30th 2000-never

    STFU, you little tool. Smash your face to the wall and call it Ipad 4

  • Renato Sanchez Lozada

    Can i go to an AT&T retail store on the 21st to buy an iPhone 5? or will they only be available at the Apple stores?

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