So Canadian iPhone fanatics, want to get a phone on launch day but not really wanting to do the lineup thing? You will want to check out the details from the iPhone In Canada Blog on Future Shop and Best Buy Taking iPhone 5 Pre-Orders In-Store. The short story is you go into your local FutureShop or Best Buy, pop down a $50 down payment, and go back in on Friday (iPhone 5 launch day) and pick it up.
Seems Apple got it’s distribution issues sorted out and (at least the Future Shop I spoke to) has a guaranteed number of phones that they’re going to get in. They do recommend you know the status of your upgrade eligibility to help speed things up for checkout. Seems they’re getting a bit low so you may want to get in before they’re out!