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While Apple has yet to officially announce tomorrow's starting time for iPhone 5 pre-orders, it is beginning to look like the launch will follow the same pattern as last year with pre-orders starting at 12:01 AM Pacific Time / 3:01 AM Eastern Time.

Apple sales representatives have been telling customers asking about availability that pre-orders will begin at that time, and both Verizon and Sprint have announced 12:01 AM Pacific launches for their own pre-orders. AT&T has not yet officially released a pre-order starting time.

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Last year, Apple was nearly 45 minutes late in starting pre-orders and experienced significant issues with online processing for quite some time after they did launch, and many users had better luck pre-ordering through their carriers.

Update 10:24 AM: Apple has confirmed to Wired that it will begin taking iPhone 5 pre-orders at 12:01 AM Pacific Time tomorrow.

Article Link: iPhone 5 Pre-orders Set to Begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time Tomorrow [Update: Confirmed]
 
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gmanist1000

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I get off work at 1am Mountain Time. You'd better bet i'll be driving home VERY fast!
 
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jamesryanbell

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Well, I guess I'll have to set my alarm for 2:00am. Seriously.

The 4S pre-order for HORRIFICALLY bad. Everything better be - as Apple says - snappy. No server hangups. I'm expecting a lot. Let's get it done smoothly. You've had a year to improve things, and this should be a focus.

(halfway kidding, halfway serious)
 
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dave420

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It says many people had better luck preordering from the Carriers during the initial rush, but from the comments I remember it seemed like people had less overall problems when ordering from Apple.
 
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deannnnn

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Last year I stayed up to try and get it right at 3, but it didn't open until 3:45 and then was so crowded that I couldn't get one. So by 4 something I gave up, when to sleep, got up again at 6:30 and did it. Then went to 9am class, haha.
 
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thearc

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i think i'll order though the iphone app cause it has express checkout and might be faster. Naturally i'll have my laptop ready as well.
 
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nws0291

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Can't wait. Getitng a 32Gb Black for me and 16Gb white for the girl. Last iPhone I got I waited in line on launch day for about 5 hours for the 4. Going to enjoy not having to do that again.
 
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gregwyattjr

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I don't care what anyone says. This iPhone update was everything I could ask for and more. I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this thing!!
 
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barkomatic

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I'm up for an upgrade this year and I will not be getting up at 3am to order. No matter how many Apple sells, they will produce however many millions more they will need to fulfill demand.
 
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dearfriendx

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Does anyone know if Best Buy will start preorders too? I'm tryin to see because they're offering me a $50 gift card if I upgrade through them. Enough for a case or extra cord.
 
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Menopause

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Who's getting black and who's getting white? :apple:

Also, I'm hoping by the time tomorrow they'll have a dock for us. I would love to have one.
 
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Nabooly

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How much is it going for off contract? It's not listed on their website.
 
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