Going online beats standing in line -- but you'll need to burn the midnight oil to get first crack at ordering from Apple -- which hopes for a smoother preorder process than with the iPhone 4S.
Apple will also open its retail stores at 8 a.m. local time on the same day to start selling its new high-end smartphone.
Among US carriers, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T have so far confirmed the early morning preorders for the 5C.
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