Great news for users that pre-ordered an iPhone 5 from Verizon after the first shipment sold out. Readers are reporting that their iPhone 5 pre-orders are shipping early.
The iPhone 5 pre-order sold out for release date delivery early, but carriers are now catching up to demand with in-store stock and fulfillment of orders placed in early September.
One reader tells GottaBeMobile that his iPhone 5 pre-order shipped today, with a delivery date of Monday October 1st. This is only a few days ahead of the October 5th delivery Verizon promised, but a few days is something many users will be excited about.
Verizon is sending email shipment notifications to users when the iPhone 5 is available for delivery. Users can also check their order status online at Verizon Wireless to see if their Verizon iPhone 5 order shipped early.
Users looking to purchase an iPhone 5 in store can walk in to many carrier locations or Radio Shack stores to buy an iPhone 5. Milo.com can check the stock of Radio Shack stores and other locations to help find an iPhone 5 in stock at a local store.
Apple is also offering iPhone 5 reservations for users willing to trek to the nearest Apple Store in person. The reservation system opens up after 10PM local time and closes at 4AM local time, holding an iPhone 5 for up to two weeks. The iPhone 5 reservation is available for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint iPhone models, but users can only reserve one based on local store stock.
Given the availability of the iPhone 5 at retail, users should soon be able to walk in to an Apple Store or carrier to purchase an iPhone 5 with no wait. We also expect Apple Store iPhone 5 availability will improve over the next few weeks.
Compared to the nightmare that is the AT&T iPhone 5 pre-order nightmare that continues to plague AT&T customers.
The iPhone 5 launched to great demand, with over 5 million devices sold in the opening weekend. These sales disappointed analysts and may be tied to difficulty producing the iPhone 5 display. The iPhone 5 display uses a new technology to keep the display thinner. The new technology is problematic to manufacture, but suppliers should work out the problems over the coming weeks.