Wow, what a day.  My bad – I had a good original plan, that would’ve worked a treat, and miserably failed to stick to it – which turned today into and exhausting and frustrating experience. My original plan was to get to bed relatively early last night and get out to a smallish, quiet-ish local […]
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12.5 Hours, Two Stores, One iPhone 3G Acquired

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Wow, what a day.  My bad – I had a good original plan, that would’ve worked a treat, and miserably failed to stick to it – which turned today into and exhausting and frustrating experience.

My original plan was to get to bed relatively early last night and get out to a smallish, quiet-ish local AT&T store by around 5:30 this morning.  Oops.  Instead I started watching Leo Laporte’s excellent TWiT.TV ’24 Hours of iPhone’ live broadcast, and enjoying it and watching some more and buggering around on Friendfeed, and generally not getting to bed.  Then I kept hearing that store locations all round the US were quiet, not many people camping out, not that big a deal.

So somehow I ended up still awake messing around on the web around 4:00am – and finally got tired.  Tried to grab ‘just a little’ shut eye, woke up later than I wanted, and ended up outside my chosen AT&T store at 6:45am.

Five fruitless hours later, I missed the cut for getting the new iPhone by two people.  As best we could make out from AT&T staff who were pleasant and trying hard, but who were obviously forbidden from giving anything in the same neighborhood as a straight answer, was that they had been given around 40 phones.  Despite this, they had happily watched something like 175 people spend 5 hours in the Texas heat – and waited until they had around 10 phones left to start letting anyone know things looked bad for serving the vast majority of those in the line.  And believe me, tons of people were asking about the supply of phones / stock status in relation to size of the line since bright and early.

Thanks AT&T.  Very impressive.

So several of us – gluttons for punishment or just plain iPhone nutters – went to the nearest Apple store in a major shopping mall.  Apple staff generally seemed much better able to provide good answers during the day.  They would not or could not ever give a specific number of phones they had available, but they did say with great confidence that they would have enough to cover everyone in line and that when that was in any doubt, they would inform folks in the line.  This proved to be true.

Seven an a half hours after arriving at the mall, myself and several newfound pals / veterans of the AT&T line finally got our shiny new iPhone 3G babies.  Like Brandon’s mine is a lovely white 16GB-er – and honestly no less lovely despite all the hours invested in getting her.

Lesson learned – should’ve listened to all those who suggested that Apple stores were the better way to go.  Should’ve stuck to the original plan and got out earlier – I figure even half an hour earlier probably would’ve got me a phone at AT&T.

Well – very glad that’s done with, and activation in the store did work fine and fairly quickly for me.  Knackered now – almost no energy to play with new apps :)  That’s my iPhone 3G day experience – hope everybody else’s was *much* better …

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