Honestly this is the first time there has not been a preorder. We preregistered so that on Oct 4th we will be notified that it will be available either at the store or online or through telesales. There should not be any reason not to walk into the store on Friday and get the Note 3. Worse case you can order online. But with the higher cost for the phone up front (unless you are doing the one up plan and basically get the phone for free, which cost wise was not the best option for us) but better cost plan wise in the long run...on Friday just go to Sprint.com and reserve your phone to be picked up at the store.