Where to Buy an iPhone 5 Friday in Howard County
The latest version of Apple's superphone hits the shelves Friday morning.
If you're one of those people who just needs the iPhone 5 as soon as it's available, local stores will be making accommodations for you for the Sept. 21 release.
The iPhone 5 will also be available at Verizon, AT&T and Sprint wireless stores throughout Columbia. In addition, these wireless providers' retail locations will be opening early just to satiate the iPhone demand.
News of the release of the iPhone 5 spread like wildfire after it was announced two weeks ago. Demand for the phone has skyrocketed, outpacing Apple's own expectations.
As soon as pre-orders were available, Apple sold two million phones in the first 24 hours, according to CNN.com, which may force them to push back shipping on pre-ordered phones by up to a month. However, this will not affect phones shipped to retail stores for immediate purchase, according to Apple.
The phone comes with a range of new features that set it apart from the iPhone 4s. The phone features a slimmer design, new high-quality display, faster wireless, new earbuds, and a powerful CPU, which Apple claims is twice as fast as their previous processor.
The phone costs $199 for the 16 GB, $299 for 32 GB, and $399 for 64 GB, all with new two-year wireless plans.
Here's where you can scoop the phone on Friday in Howard County:
Apple Store - Columbia Mall
- Open Friday at 8 a.m., mall will be open at 6 a.m.
- Contact: 410-423-1801
Verizon Wireless - BJ's - 9011 Snowden River Pkwy
- Open Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Contact: 410-872-9270
Verizon Wireless at Columbia - 9021 Snowden Square Dr.
- Open Friday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Contact: 410-872-7200
AT&T Wireless - Columbia Mall
- Open Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Contact: 410-992-3807
AT&T Wireless - 6490 Dobbin Center Way
- Open Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Contact: 410-992-0223
Sprint Wireless - 6435 Dobbin Road Ste B8
- Open Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Contact: 410-740-8250
AT&T Wireless - 9051 Baltimore National Pike
- Will not have iPhone 5 available immediately, according to an employee, already pre-sold their first shipment.