Haven't Ordered An iPhone 5? Time To Queue

Apple is happily boasting that more than two million iPhones were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours. The practical upshot of this is that most of its initial production run has already sold. If you're determined to have one as soon as it gets released but you haven't already placed an order, you'll more than likely have to queue up at 8am this Friday at the retailer of your choice.

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Orders placed on Apple's Australian site are now specifying a 2-3 week delay on shipping. Telstra says it has sold out of all its pre-order stock, while Optus is only taking orders for the 16GB model. Virgin Mobile and Vodafone are both only taking pre-orders from existing customers, and Vodafone is also quoting 3-week delays if you want the white model.

This phone is going to be on the market for at least two years, so not getting it for a few weeks is no great sacrifice, but I suspect that won't stop some people queuing. Past experience suggests that most people will front up at an at an Apple store, but that isn't always the wisest choice. Phone stores and electronics retailers are also likely to have some stock, and won't have massive queues (or TV crews getting in the way).

If you're contemplating a contract phone, check out our full Planhacker guide to the current contract options.


Comments

    Damn forgot to order early.. I now am waiting for 3 weeks before I get the iPhone..

    Heaven forbid that you might be seen with last year's iPhone for an extra 3 weeks.

      I dread the thought of this, I won't be leaving my house until I receive my new iPhone

    This is just hype from Apple - they know sales of this new iphone will not be so spectacular as before

      Yup, just more of the same, but a little bigger, a little faster, a little lighter, a little this, and a little that.

      but they already have been better.

    "zombie ... zombie nation"

    had a look at the local shop cant really say there are more ppl thn normal

      You may wish to check the news reports. Pre-sales records have have blasted through last years. 2 million sold already – in 24 hours.

      Now, back to the jokes.. Why innovate when you can elongate? :-P

    An iPhone 5 walks into a bar...
    The bartender says "Why the long face?"

      Have you heard all the iPhone 5 jokes?
      They are only slightly better than the iPhone 4s jokes!

    where do i buy a 4s 32GB OUTRIGHT, in australia, from a legit-warranty-suppling-for reals-shop?

      Kogan, or the Apple stores

        Kogan doesn't offer an Apple warranty. Warranty is provided by Kogan. See recent post on LH.

    So, any recommendations on where to queue? I'm a first time queuer... ;)

    @ Jeff - you may wish to check the news reports. Pre-sales records have have blasted through last years. 2 million sold already - in 24 hours.

    Now, back to the jokes.. Why innovate when you can elongate? :-P

    Sorry about the double post - screen froze

    If recent iPhone releases are anything to go by, there will be loads of iPhones available on contract from resellers on launch day. There will be no queues, just bored sales staff.

    What a time wasters.
    Any other phone will do what iphone 5 does.Get a Nokia lumia or an android phone.
    Guys common....

    i thought the iphone 4 was ok, why the terrible need to replace it by queuing like the homeless for free food, when you can order and get one to your door in a couple of weeks no hassles..

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