First, let me say that I have never been one to preorder anything, outside of Halo 3, of course. Ive been a first adopter for new technology just once, and it was a terrible experience. But this time, things were different. I could be heading out on a TDY any day now, for at least 5 weeks, and my faithful iPhone 4 was biting the bullet. Sometimes she wouldnt hold a charge, other times shed just turn off on me. It was time to upgrade, and so I was planning on staying up on Sept. 14th, waiting until my clock hit 1201, so I could preorder that beautiful new iPhone 5. But then something tragic happened. For some reason, my ****** ISP, known as Cox Cable went all hay wire on me. I couldnt connect, and then when I could, Id get disconnected almost immediately. After staying up till 3AM, I still couldnt get my internet to work. So I awoke the next morning in hopes of getting an order put in then, but nothing, nothing freaking worked. I was internetless it was terrible. Now, I had to do something, I couldnt not preorder the iphone 5. I needed a new phone, and after playing with a friends SIII, I knew I didnt want it. So what did I do? Well, I made the biggest mistake of my life, and ordered an iPhone 5 from walmart. Perhaps the most messed up part of this story is how completely idiotic this system is but Ill touch more on that later I walked into the electronics department, and headed over to the wireless counter. Can I help you, the attended asked with a friendly smile. Yes, Id like to preorder the iPhone 5 I replied, Sir, I dont think we have the iPhone 5 in stock Now that should have been my queue, I should have GTFO, but alas, I continued to ask questions, and not too long after, I finally found someone who knew something about preordering the iPhone. Sir, you just buy this card, and then come back on launch day and pick up your iPhone oh, they will be here on launch day? I replied Absolutely sir he said with a smile So I gave them my $25, and was excited to see my new iphone 5 in just a short week. After what seemed to be a lifetime, finally, the 21st of sept was here, and I awoke excited to go and get my iPhone 5 Only it wasnt there. They said there was a mistake and none of their iPhones had come in, but they would have them on Saturday, you best believe! So saturday rolls around and of course, there is nothing. We dont know when they will get here. One of the attendants told me. I shrugged, thought Oh no big deal, my phone is still hanging in there and left Walmart. Monday rolls around, and I got a notification saying some walmarts are getting the iPhone 5 in, and that I should call my local store to find out more. So I gave them a call Hello, Electronics the attended says Hello Mam, Im just wondering if you have heard anything on when you are getting the iPhone 5 in? I havent heard anything, but let me check with the manager At this point, Im on hold for about 10 mins. No big deal, Ive waited much longer for way more important things. I just want to get this phone before I have to leave for 5 weeks. She comes back Uh no sir, Im sorry, but we have received information that the order was shipped, but we havent had anything arrive yet. Ok, thank you so much! I hang up the phone Oh well, Ill call back tomorrow. So today finally happens. I had a good feeling that my phone was waiting for me, sitting in a back warehouse, just waiting to be touched. I call walmart, a lovely lady answers the phone How may I direct your call? she says, Electronics please I reply. Hello, electronics, how may I help you? the attended says Hi, Ive pre-ordered the iPhone 5 with you guys, and was wondering if you had gotten them in yet? Oh yes, we have, but they arent in our system yet, we just opened up the wireless section, so let me get these put into the system and call back around 11 It was 930AM, and I waited. Finally, Im going to get my phone. Although I didnt wait very long, but I was still excited none the less. 11AM rolls around, I totally missed it, and ended up calling around 1130AM. Thank you for calling walmart, how may I direct your call? The attended says Yes, electronics please And then it rang, and rang, and rang, and no one answered. I tried back a little later, and no one answered. Crap, I thought to myself I bet they have all these iPhones in and everyone is so busy with it, they cant answer the phone! I better get down there! My wife needed to get a few things from walmart, so we loaded our two kids into the car, and headed out. We get into walmart, I get the kids in the cart, and off I go to the electronics. Expecting to see a dozen people standing in line waiting to get their iPhones. But, when I get there, I find the opposite. There isnt one damn person. No one. So I wait, and wait, and wait and finally someone comes out Sir, do you need some help? Yes, I preordered an iPhone five, and was told they were here, and to call back at 11, but no one answered, so I just came in and was hoping it would be ready for pickup Sir, we dont have any iPhone5s. But we do have the iPhone4S! She said with a smirk. Mam, why would someone tell me you had my preordered iPhone 5, and lie? Well sir, I dont know, but I know we dont have them. I walk off, shaking my head. Not sure as to what had happened, or what was going on. And now Im waiting. She said they will have them in by the end of the week, but I doubt that.