Launch day purchase UK

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  1. gstevie macrumors 6502

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    Hi, is there anywhere that you can buy a launch day iPhone 5S in the UK - specifically Glasgow preferably, apart from the two Apple stores? I would be looking to buy it without a contract and I believe that carrier stores will only sell if you buy a contract from them at the same time. I ask because I would like to get my hands on one and assuming that the rumoured release date is 20th Sep I am working and could potentially make getting to and waiting in the q's in the Apple store problematic.
     
  2. -iKris- macrumors regular

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    I'll just be pre-ordering it on the Apple website and it'll be delivered on launch day. Can't you do that?
     
  3. ACDeag, Sep 9, 2013
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    Order online it will be delivered on launch day, I do it every year. Only way to get a truly unlocked one is from Apple. CPW ones are unlocked at first but lock to the network of the first sim you put into them.
     
  4. gstevie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah I didn't know that online pre-orders were delivered on launch day, I presumed that they were posted on launch day so people wouldn't get them early. Thats great if its as you say, I will just order online and get it delivered to work.

    Thanks!
     
  5. stu.h macrumors 65816

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    Some people have got the phones the day before launch day!
     
  6. ACDeag macrumors regular

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    Yes, happened to me one year
     
  7. gstevie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Trust me I'm the one person on Earth that I can assure you anything like that - I would get mine the day after! Never before! haha

    Side note whats it like in terms of getting one ordered? Does the side usually stay up and on average is availability reasonable?
     
  8. ACDeag macrumors regular

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    It has been getting better in recent years, a few years ago you could barely get the site to work. Don't leave it too late though, as what happens is the delivery dates start slipping from "on launch date" to to a couple of weeks out from it. Ordering at around 7-8am should be fine
     
  9. gstevie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great thanks for that, I will be making sure as soon as the pre-order goes up I will be trying to get one. Last year did they start taking orders after the keynote or the next day?
     
  10. ACDeag macrumors regular

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    From memory it starts a few days later, Friday I think.
     
  11. d123 macrumors 68000

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    You are right, 8am UK time on the Friday after the announcement.
     
  12. gstevie thread starter macrumors 6502

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  13. jordanogrady macrumors 6502

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    Anyone know what uk time that the announcement will be today?
     
  14. gstevie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It will be about 6pm UK time.
     
  15. b10cker macrumors member

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    6pm

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    Beaten too it.
     
  16. tonessssb macrumors newbie

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    I'll just be pre-ordering it on the Apple website and it'll be delivered on launch day.[​IMG]
     
  17. JaySoul macrumors 68030

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    Last year I pre-ordered the 5 online and it got delivered to my door at 9am by UPS.

    After that kind of impressive service, I'm never queueing up again!!
     
  18. stu.h macrumors 65816

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    Thing is with preordering, I guess it's easy enough if you are going to get a black or white 5S, but with the rumoured 'champagne' colour, wouldn't you want to hold one prior to pulling the trigger?
     
  19. Holmes093 macrumors 6502

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    Pre-Ordering and then waiting for delivery in Glasgow should be fine if you want it on launch date, please bear in mind that for other areas of Scotland and the UK launch date is not always guaranteed, here is the map from last years iPhone 5 launch.

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  20. Tom2893 macrumors 6502

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    Can you pre order from carrier websites? I'm looking to pre order on Three..
     
  21. gstevie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well there goes the best laid plans then! No pre-orders for the iPhone 5S! :-( very disappointing, going to have to find a way of getting into work late!
     

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