Where to Buy an iPhone 5 Friday in Annapolis

The latest version of Apple's superphone hits the shelves Friday morning.

If you're one of those people that just needs the iPhone 5 as soon as it's available, local stores will be making accommodations for you for the Sept. 21 release.

Large crowds are predicted at the Westfield Annapolis mall Apple store, said mall spokeswoman Barbara Feldes. 

The mall will open its doors at 8 a.m. Friday. People who want to make sure they get the phone first can line up beforehand by the first-floor entrance in the red garage next to J.C. Penney. But don't try to line up Thursday night.

"We do not allow people to camp overnight on the walkways or anything," Feldes said. "People have to stay inside their cars."

Feldes said representatives from Apple will be outside handling the line at 5 a.m. until the mall officially opens at 8 a.m.

The iPhone 5 will also be available at Verizon, AT&T and Sprint wireless stores throughout Annapolis. 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 snag the phone on Friday:

Apple Store—Annapolis Mall

  • Open Friday at 8 a.m.
  • Contact: 410-972-3290

Verizon Wireless—211 Main St.

  • Open Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Contact: 410-990-9744

Verizon Wireless—2562 Solomons Island Rd.

  • Open Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Contact: 410-573-2340

AT&T Wireless—Annapolis Mall

  • Open Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Contact: 410-573-1586

AT&T Wireless—220 Harker Pl. #150

  • Open Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Contact: 410-571-8222

Sprint Wireless—2341 Forest Dr.

  • Open Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Contact: 410-224-4300


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