AT&T Sold Out: iPhone 5 Now Shipping in 3 to 4 Weeks

AT&T sold out its first batch of iPhone 5s in less than 10 hours and is now telling customers it will take 14 to 21 days to ship new iPhone 5 pre-orders. The delayed shipping will irk those that stayed up late last night to order the iPhone 5, but were unable to do so since AT&T’s online store and customer portal wasn’t fully operational.

Apple, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon all began selling iPhone 5 pre-orders at midnight PDT. Many AT&T Wireless customers reported that they were unable to access their AT&T accounts or place orders. Those who gave up in the wee hours are now out of luck if they hope to have an iPhone 5 delivered on the initial September 21 delivery date. AT&T customers could have ordered iPhone 5s directly from Apple with a September 21 delivery date if they acted fast, but Apple sold out of its first batch of iPhone 5s by 1AM PDT.

iPhone 5 AT&T Shipping Times

iPhone 5 AT&T is Now Shipping in 14-21 Business Days

AT&T’s estimated shipping dates will confuse some customers. At first glance it appears that new iPhone 5 pre-orders will be delivered between September 28 and October 5, but that isn’t the case. AT&T is referring to business days, which means the earliest customers placing pre-orders will receive the iPhone 5 is actually October 4. Since AT&T won’t tell customers precisely when customers can expect their shipments, some ordering today will be in iPhone 5 shipping limbo until October 11, a full 20 days after the iPhone 5 goes on sale at Apple retail stores. Things could be even worse since it isn’t clear if AT&T is quoting estimates of when it will ship or deliver iPhone 5 to customers.

Those on the east coast will be disproportionately affected since iPhone 5 pre-orders didn’t kick off until 3AM EDT, well past most people’s bedtime.

AT&T customers that simply must have the iPhone 5 on launch day should plan on waiting in line next week. Both Apple and AT&T Wireless stores will be selling the iPhone 5, though it’s impossible to know if these stores will have enough stock to go around.

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If you can’t wait in lin, you should stop by their local Best Buy today and place a pre-order. Best Buy’s iPhone 5 pre-order process requires shoppers to buy a $25 gift card as a deposit that can be put towards the iPhone 5 or any other product should they change their minds. Unfortunately, Best Buy doesn’t guarantee when you’ll actually receive an iPhone 5 since the stores don’t know what kind of iPhone 5 stock they’ll receive for launch day or any time soon after.

The iPhone 5 is Apple’s first 4G LTE smartphone. It features a taller display and Apple’s iOS 6 mobile operating system.

  

Comments

  1. Khalil says

    Just a heads up if your heading to Best Buy the pre-order hold price $50 not $25. 2nd in line ! First for AT&T !

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