Wal-Mart offers preorders for the iPhone 5

For the first time, the world's largest retailer is taking preorders on Apple's newest smartphone; it's also giving a $10 discount.

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People can preorder Apple's iPhone 5 from a handful of wireless carriers and Apple itself -- but if that proves too hectic, they can now try out Wal-Mart.

This retailer was added to the list of places earlier today where the long-awaited device can be preordered, according to Bloomberg. This is the first time that iPhone preorders have been offered through Wal-Mart.

According to Wal-Mart spokesperson Sarah Spencer, the smartphone can be ordered starting at 8 a.m. local time tomorrow in U.S. stores, Bloomberg reports. What's more, Wal-Mart will be offering discounts on the device. With a two-year contract, people can get the phone for $189.97, as opposed to the $199 price tag offered by Apple.

Wal-Mart is offering discounts on older versions of the iPhone too; the iPhone 4S is now $89 with a two-year contract, and the iPhone 4 is 97 cents with the contract.

Other retailers have also said they'll be offering the device. According to Bloomberg, Best Buy will sell the iPhone 5, but it's not yet clear when and if it will be available for preorder. RadioShack will have the phone for preorder starting on September 14 and will sell the device in its stores beginning September 21; the company is also offering $200 in trade for the 4S model and $115 for the 4 model.

The soonest people can preorder the phone is on Apple's Web site at 12:01 a.m. PT on September 14. Wireless carriers Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T are also taking online preorders September 14, at 12:01 a.m. PT.

All those people who preorder the phone should be able to have the device in their hands on September 21 by picking them up from wherever they ordered them from -- Apple, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, or Wal-Mart.

See CNET's full coverage of Apple's iPhone 5 event
Updated at 2:55 p.m. PT with information from RadioShack that the iPhone 5 will be available for preorder starting September 14.
 

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