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Best Buy iPhone 5 Pre-Order Reservations Start in Store Friday Sept. 14th

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We talked to a local Best Buy Mobile representative and he told us that they will begin taking reservations for the new iPhone 5 starting Friday, September 14 when the store opens.

It’s unclear whether the buyer must also make a down payment when reserving an iPhone 5. Also, there’s no guarantee that the buyer will get the one her or she wants on launch day due to limited supply.

For more than a year Best Buy has partnered with Apple to sell their products including the iPhone. From my past experience, buying an Apple iPhone or iPad usually means showing up on the first day they take reservations, the same day Apple starts taking pre-orders. They will number your reservation meaning the customer will get one in the order he or she reserved one.

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Usually a Best Buy reservations mean buying a $50 Best Buy gift card as a down payment. The customer can use it for anything, but presumably the person would put it towards the cost of the iPhone the day the customer picks it up, in this case September 21st.

Doing it this way gives the customer a chance to back out and use the card for something else and signals to the store that the customer genuinely wants a phone. The rep I talked to thought it would work this way this time around, but his immediate supervisor said the down payment would be needed. I would still show up with at least $50.

Best Buy’s system means that a person won’t certainly get an iPhone on launch day. Apple doesn’t always send enough of each model to each Best Buy store. Since the phone runs on three carriers, comes in two colors and three different storage sizes, its possible that they might only have one white 64GB Verizon iPhone or no black 32GB Sprint iPhones. The often get a limited supply and that supply might not include more than one or two of each version.

People who buy from Best Buy take a risk of getting left out, however it does come with some perks. Those who shop at the big box store can sign up for rewards and get coupons and gift certificates after buying a certain amount of product. I carry a $20 certificate I’ll use for some accessories when I get my iPhone.

For buyers willing to take what the store offers, showing up at a Best Buy at 10:00 AM on Friday September 14 might score them an iPhone on launch day. I’m not willing to take the risk so I’ll pre-order tomorrow at Apple’s online store.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

6 Comments

  1. Drew

    09/14/2012 at 10:09 am

    Went to my local BBYmobile just before 10:00 this morning and was the first (and only) one to reserve an iphone 5. When the rep got to confirming my ATT upgrade eligibility, he told me that I would not be able to keep my unlimited data plan. If it wasn;t for teh $50 Phone Freedom offer I was eligible for, I would have walked right then and there. Instead I let him complete the reservation and then went straight upstairs to the ATT Corp. store. The manager there offered me a $50 billing credit if I order a phone from them instead (14 – 21 day delivery). Since I don’t care as much about having the phone on launch day as the $50, I took it. I will get exactly the phone I want, delivered to my home and for $50 bucks less, I will wait another week or two to get my phone.

  2. Jabs

    09/14/2012 at 11:11 pm

    Wow first in line first comment and went to At&t in 9minutes you must be the greatest Iphone fanboy of all time!

  3. Matt

    09/15/2012 at 11:38 am

    I did the pre-order at my local BB. If they don’t have a ’5′ on launch day for me, I’m not above buying elsewhere and flaking on the res.

    As an FYI, if you have unlimited data under AT&T currently, upgrading to the iPhone 5 will NOT impact that, contrary what some minimum wage earner at some box store says.

  4. rick

    09/15/2012 at 7:04 pm

    i spoke to an att rep and asked them if i can keep my unlimited data plan if i still bought it at best buy they told me i can just have to keep an eye on how they are doing the upgrade.

  5. Jadon

    09/20/2012 at 7:49 am

    I think he got confused with verizon. But kudos to the employee for trying to be honest with you, so thank him. BB is the best place to get your phone. We get paid awesome actually. :)

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