iPhone 5 Release Date of Oct. 13th Tipped By Early AT&T Upgrades

We are expecting an iPhone 5 announcement on October 4th, with an actual release coming soon after.

Now, thanks to reader Mat Barry, we know that October 13th could possibly be the release date for the iPhone 5. Granted, this date may very a little from the actual iPhone 5 release date, but this is the first evidence we have seen of a date from a carrier, and it matches up with our expectations.

When Mat logged into his AT&T account, he found out that all of his lines are available for a “reduced discount on an iPhone on 10/13/2011″, ahead of his standard upgrade date which was pegged for November.

(Read: iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup: Latest on Hardware, Release Date, Carriers)

iPhone 5 Release Date on ATT


Early upgrades are a common practice for AT&T and other carriers when the next generation of the iPhone is announced. It was 17 days between the announcement and launch of the iPhone 4 and a much shorter 11 days for the iPhone 3GS.

So, a nine-day gap between the announcement and the actual iPhone 5 release date is fairly easy to believe, and in line with past Apple timing.

As you prepare, learn how to sell your iPhone 4 for the iPhone 5, and take a look at our iPhone 5 carrier comparison to see which cell phone company is best suited for the iPhone 5.

Do you have the same offer on your AT&T account?

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  1. Yes, I realized that a long time ago. While everybody else were coming up with stupid rumors and trying to guess what the date was

  2. Yuuuhhhuuu….
    I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://alturl.com/nkjqn

  3. Won’t make any difference for most of us if the latest rumor of “iPhone 4s only” is true – I wouldn’t waste an upgrade on another “sh” – did that between 3 and 3Gs and was TOTALLY UNDERWHELMED.

  4. The only problem with that is I had the same thing happen to me back in July and I bought the iPhone 4 at it’s release. So I hadn’t even had the phone for a year when it happened. Pretty sure that has nothing to do with the actual release

  5. All rumors I have seen point to October 4 as the announcement, and October 7th, 13th, or 14th as the release. Verizon customers can order online a day before, but expected wait time is up to 2 weeks. That being said, I don’t expect the device to be in my greedy little hands until somewhere between the 15th and the 28th.

  6. I have the new smart phone, and on the 4 th would be a month, could I trade it in for the I-phone5 ? Also which one is better. Please I need to now this answer really soon


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  9. Just got a text to Beta Test IPhone 5,
    But had to buy stuff, get a credit card etc. Becareful, scamming with texts now.

  10. Are you guys retarded. The take he was eligible for the reduced price iPhone was in 2011….. Not 2012. Coincidence that its around when you thought iphone would be out

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