On the 14th, I preordered via Apple but got stuck with an Oct. 5th date. That sucked. On Monday, I happened into my local AT&T retailer in the mall and told him my ordeal. He said that he was the inventory manager for 10 local stores and would be glad to hold one for me as he understood I couldn't line up and still be at work. He took my name and number and wrote down that I wanted the 64Gb black. I thanked him, but honestly figured I would never hear from him. Sure enough, on Friday morning, he let me know he had pulled my phone and that I could pick it up at my convenience. It couldn't have been easier and all thanks to a compassionate AT&T employee. Many kudos to this outstanding gentleman. Hell, he even through in a free car charger.