Over the past few years, Apple has always told people when they can start preording the next iPhone after it has been announced. This year, though, Apple is allowing preorders of only the iPhone 5c, and not allowing preorders of the iPhone 5s at all. And even on the iPhone 5c side of things, Apple is being a little obtuse, not actually clarifying when on Friday, September 13th preorders will begin. But now, thanks to the big mouths of Apple’s carrier partners, we know exactly when.
Both Verizon and Sprint have announced that they will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5c at 12:01AM Pacific / 3:01 AM Eastern. In other words, shortly after Cupertino midnight, which is what you would expect. Both Sprint and Verizon also have pages online where you can sign up for a reminder.
In my experience, I’ve had a lot better luck pre-ordering iPhones before launch from Verizon than with Apple. Apple’s servers are always crushed, and there can be problems getting the payment to go through. Last year, though, I didn’t have a single problem with Verizon getting me an iPhone 5 on launch day. It was totally stress free. If you’re looking to pre-order an iPhone 5c this year, I’d do it through them.