I am seven days away from my upgrade eligibility. Are there are stores, retailers that would let me order the iphone 5 now and get my upgrade price? I've already called Verizon and was given some run-around about them not be "allowed" however a trip to Best Buy earlier today revealed they would let me but they stopped taking pre-orders at the store near me.
If you go to the apple website, you can order the phone and get the discounted price. But remember, they're still not shipping their phones for 3-4 weeks just like everywhere else. But you can get a jump on it, just in case they start shipping earlier then expected.