The next generation iPhone is coming out Friday, and there are a few options in town if you want to pick one up.
Orders are already backed up. The Apple website points customers to Apple Stores in the Tacoma and Southcenter Malls, but we called local distributors and found out where iPhone 5 will be available and when:
- Radioshack (21231 Hwy 410 E): There are a couple Verizon iPhone 5 presales left in stock, but they are re-ordering and don't expect more until next week.
- AT&T (19205 Sr 410 East) They will be in stock on Friday.
- Sprint (20890 State Route 410 E) Bonney Lake's Sprint Store won't have iPhone 5 on Friday, but might get more in next week.
- Target (9400 192nd Avenue East): Target is only doing pre-order at this time.
- Walmart (19205 SR 410): Walmart has ordered the iPhone 5 but it got pushed back and there is no word yet on when they will be in. That goes for all Walmart stores, an employee said.
The smartphone officially goes on sale Sept. 21 at 8 a.m., but all stores may not stock the iPhone 5 immediately.
See if a store near you is selling the phones using this tool on Apple’s website. You can search for both Apple stores and other retailers. Read carefully because not all stores listed carry phones. In the "resellers" category, be sure to select "iPhone" from the "Products" drop-down menu.
AT&T spokesman John Britton said AT&T security would be “beefed up” and stores would be “staffed to the max” to get people through the expected wait as fast and efficiently as possible. He said the demand can be somewhat unpredictable.
“You can never say for sure if there are going to be lines. Some of the launches have had more people waiting than others,” said Britton. “One year they started forming at 3 o’clock in the afternoon the day before.”
Britton also noted that this will be AT&T’s sixth iPhone launch since 2007, when the company initially was the only cell provider to offer the model.
“We've been through this before,” he said. “We’re ready.”
The new iPhone is thinner and lighter than the last two generations, but it is taller to accommodate a bigger screen. Apple says its processing speed is much faster than its predecessors, as well.
The iPhone 5 starts at $649, but the price can come down to as low as $200 with a cellular plan subscription.
iPhone 5 sales could boost economic growth in the U.S. by a third of a percentage point during the fourth quarter, J.P.Morgan anticipates. However, NPR's Planet Money says J.P.Morgan's analysis is faulty, predicting that most who splurge on the new product before the end of the year will likely cut back on other spending, making it a zero-sum game.
Know other stores near Bonney Lake or Sumner that carry the iPhone? Are you planning to queue up? Is the whole thing over-hyped? Leave a comment below to let us know.
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