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Buying an iPhone 5 in store on Friday

Has anyone ever bought an iPhone on release day? Would I have to start queuing early to have a chance of getting an iPhone 5?

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matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 18, 2012 at 10:59

Never have, never will. Despite that, I can tell you you'll have to start queuing very early.

You might want to look at this.

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 18, 2012 at 11:32

Very unlikely that you can get iPhone from Apple store. You have better chance of getting one from your carrier directly - walk to their store.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 18, 2012 at 12:09

Very unlikely that you can get iPhone from Apple store. You have better chance of getting one from your carrier directly - walk to their store.
That would mean taking out a contract, wouldn't it? I doubt anyone intending on buying it on launch day, SIM free will be persuaded to sign up for 24 months and miss out on the inevitable iPhone 5S, this time next year.

Pondlife  Sep. 18, 2012 at 12:41

Two people in the http://www.mobot.net/apple-iphone-5-preorder-frenzy-twoweek-shipping-delay-47502# thread talk of queueing from about 6am for previous launches though in one case the 32gb phone was sold out.
Get there early buy them all and sell them outside at a mark up. You know it makes sense Rodders

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 18, 2012 at 13:26

Very unlikely that you can get iPhone from Apple store. You have better chance of getting one from your carrier directly - walk to their store.
That would mean taking out a contract, wouldn't it? I doubt anyone intending on buying it on launch day, SIM free will be persuaded to sign up for 24 months and miss out on the inevitable iPhone 5S, this time next year.


They will find you one for PAYG price - usually identical to Apple store price. As you are already a customer no need to get a contract or PAYG SIM.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 18, 2012 at 13:29

Very unlikely that you can get iPhone from Apple store. You have better chance of getting one from your carrier directly - walk to their store.
That would mean taking out a contract, wouldn't it? I doubt anyone intending on buying it on launch day, SIM free will be persuaded to sign up for 24 months and miss out on the inevitable iPhone 5S, this time next year.


They will find you one for PAYG price - usually identical to Apple store price. As you are already a customer no need to get a contract or PAYG SIM.

True, I guess with a little convincing they'd be unlikely to say not to you and your £530/£600/£700.

Pondlife  Sep. 18, 2012 at 13:38

Don't know depends how many they have as they'd likely make more on contract sales?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 18, 2012 at 13:47

Don't know depends how many they have as they'd likely make more on contract sales?
True, but people don't queue up for contract sales :p.

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 18, 2012 at 14:02

I have only seen queues in front of O2 stores.
Says a lot about O2 customers :p

If I needed an iPhone I would buy it from around the corner from Vodafone store.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 18, 2012 at 14:28

I have only seen queues in front of O2 stores.
Says a lot about O2 customers :p

If I needed an iPhone I would buy it from around the corner from Vodafone store.

I do question the sanity of O2 owners (I guess it's an okay network if you happen to live where they have 3G, or you don't care about 3G).

I would guess it has more to do with the fact O2 used to have iPhone exclusivity in the UK.

Pondlife  Sep. 18, 2012 at 15:51

Don't p&go iphones come sim locked to network though so I wouldn't go to o2 or vodafone.

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