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Check to see if you're eligible for an iPhone 5 upgade


If you're chafing at the bit to get your hands on the molten-hot new iPhone 5, check to see if you're eligible for an upgrade ahead of Friday's pre-ordering deadline.

If you are eligible, the 16GB will cost $199, a 32GB is $299 and a 64GB is $399. If your're not, the prices climb to $449, $549 and $649.

Apple's Website is offering an easy way to check with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon to see if you can score a reduced price on the phone, which hits Apple Retail stores at 8 a.m. on Sept. 21.

The new iPhone 5, starting at $199, was introduced Wednesday. It runs twice as fast with LTE technology, an A6 processor, a bigger screen, has 3D Maps, can take 8-megapixel panoramic photos, among other cool features. A longer-life battery supports eight hours of 4G Web browsing.

Click here to check your eligibility.

Meanwhile, if you're interested in getting deals on older models of the phone, check in with Daniel Vasquez's Consumer Talk blog to see how to save.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and sign up for Deals text alerts.

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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