Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- For those who don't want to take the hour+ drive to the nearest Apple store, but crave having the newest Apple phone, you will be able to pre-order online.
At 12:01AM Pacific Time- Apple will open it's online Apple Store for pre-orders - the reason for the West Coast time is because they can't segment the online store, to make it available at midnight rolling across the country time zone by time zone.
The iPhone 5, in black or white aluminum, ships Sept. 21 in the U. S. and will be available at pre-order time.
Prices: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB. (With a contract, the iPhone 4 will be free; iPhone 4S, $99.)
Sprint will match the Apple Store pre-order active time at 3:01AM (EST) while Verizon will start selling at 3AM on the dot. Sprint has not yet announced what time they will make the phone available for pre-orders.