Many people don’t like the idea of waiting weeks for the new iPhone 5. Below, you’ll find a neat trick that you can use to get an iPhone 5 in just 24 hours. Keep in mind that it requires some patience and quickness, but if it works, you’ll be more than satisfied. When the iPhone 5 came out, I heard from several sources that it will be delayed, so I decided to contact Apple and Verizon stores and find out more information about the delay. The representatives informed me that the delay isn’t short at all and I’ll have to wait 3 or 4 weeks to get my hands on Apple’s newest device.
A co-worker of mine told me that I can use the method mentioned in a recent NBC News GadgetBox story to get the iPhone 5 earlier. I decided to give it a try, because I won’t lose anything, right? The trick is using Apple’s in-store pickup feature which the company updates everyday. This feature is available only for a short amount of time, so you should be really quick with your order. A little patience, quickness and the new iPhone 5 can be yours in less than 24 hours.
My friend told me that Apple update the feature at approximately 10p.m, so I logged in my account and added the phone to my cart, so everything was prepared and I just had to wait for Apple to update the stock numbers. The “In-store pickup” feature wasn’t available yet and the waiting started. I kept checking the website the entire day and I found out that Apple update their stock numbers several times a day. Later that day, the in-store pickup became available and I had the chance to input my ZIP cone. However, the phone wasn’t available in the nearby stores, so I had to wait again.
I opened the website at 9:55p.m and started refreshing. Just two minutes later, the stock numbers updated and i was informed that the phone is available in a local San Francisco store. I quickly entered my credit card information, but I wasn’t quick enough and when I got to check out, the phone was unavailable. I decided to try again and chose a store which is several miles away, but the phone wasn’t available. I refreshed again and I saw that there are still some phones available at the Palo Alto store in California which is 35 miles away from here. I used the credit card information which I had inputted earlier and voila, I received an e-mail that my order is being processed.
At exactly 6:30a.m. I received an e-mail saying that my phone is available in the store and I can go and pick it up. I grabbed my keys, got in my car and quickly drove to the store, but there I was unpleasantly surprised. The 27th of October was the grand opening of the new Palo Alto store and there was a big line of over a thousand people waiting to check out the store and maybe a gram a free shirt (the store was giving them away to the first 1,000 visitors). I didn’t want to wait in line, so I spent some time around the shops, drank a coffee and when I came back several hours later, the line was gone. I entered the shop and went out with my new phone in just 15 minutes.
There are many impatient costumers out there and I won’t lie to you, I’m one of them. So if you are like me, then the above method can help you grab your iPhone 5 before anyone else. Don’t despair if you fail from the first try, because sooner or later your order will be accepted.