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IPhone 5 pre-orders to start at 12:01 a.m. PDT on Apple.com

<i>This post has been updated. See the note below for details.</i>

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 will begin at 12:01 a.m. PDT Friday on Apple’s website, the company told the Los Angeles Times.

That, of course, means East Coast folks will need to stay up until 3:01 a.m. if they want to buy their iPhone as soon as it’s available.

Sprint will also begin pre-selling the iPhone 5 on its website at the same time.

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AT&T; and Verizon have yet to announce when they will start taking pre-orders, but the two companies are letting users sign up for email alerts.

Apple also has announced on its website that its retail stores around the country will start selling the phone when the stores open at 8 a.m. on Sept. 21.

The iPhone 5 is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions for $199, $299 and $399, respectively, with two-year contracts.

[Update 2:57 p.m., Sept. 13: AT&T; has contacted The Times and said pre-orders will start on its website Friday at 12:01 a.m. PDT as well.]

[Update 5:27 p.m., Sept. 13: Verizon has told The Times it will begin its pre-orders online at 12 a.m. PDT Friday.]

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