Originally Posted by chris2k5
I always found pre-ordering isn't the fastest way to get the phone. They will ship the day before but the phone usually never arrives until afternoon.
If you want it fast, you go to the store and buy it in the morning.
VZW has been known to ship earlier and sometimes the phones can be received by the customer a couple days before the release date. It happened with both iPhone preorder (4s and 5) and also the S3. I know this because I worked in Verizon retail store and saw people come in up to three days before launch getting their phones set up and contacts transferred. I know, I know a former Verizon retail employee is not the most believable source but take it for what it is. Lol. I don't work there anymore though.