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post #41 of 78
I got the on-screen reservation confirmation via the Apple Store, but have yet to receive an email confirmation.
Is that looking to be common?
post #42 of 78
Not likely. HIstorically, the White doesn't sell as much as the Black. Apple purposely estimated demand low on the White models so it could adequately judge demand before over producing. doesn't want to be sitting on white inventory. People who really want white will wait a few extra days for Apple to ramp up production as needed. Apple doesn't like to have more then a week worth of inventory sitting on the books.

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Clearly a production, quality problem that manifested itself last minute.
post #43 of 78
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For anyone curious how BB was taking orders for white iPhone 4's:

I myself actually ordered one earlier today from my local store -- around 2:00, I was shocked that I was only the 15th pre-order for the day -- and was frankly shocked that they offered white (considering that I read this site frequently), but the store staff assured me that it was available for pre-order.

Around 8:00PM, the store called me back and said that they couldn't offer me white after all, and that I'd have to come back to the store and get my order changed to black if I still wanted one on release.

Long story short: no one told BB that whites weren't offered.

Damn. No techie employee didn't know that the white wasn't offered? Horrible. I guess some aren't smarter than a 5th grader.
post #44 of 78
I spent literally 10 hours today trying to reserve them for my wife and I on Apple.com. I didn't want to go with Best Buy or AT&T because I just don't trust them to deliver on time. Finally I was able to get through on Apple.com this evening and we're getting them delivered on June 24th! It was worth the wait. Apple is trustworthy enough to deliver on time.

Bummed about the white though. We were both planning to get white ones as of last night. I just don't want to wait indefinitely (or in a line) for them to come available.
post #45 of 78
@GQB My confirmation email from apple.com was delayed by about 4 hours. It will come.
post #46 of 78
For those of you who are pissed that AT&T screwed up and you aren't getting your iPhone on launch day, apple is still taking pre-orders for the 24th. Both shipped for free and in store pickup.

Just cancel your AT&T order and get it strait from the horses mouth.
post #47 of 78
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I got the on-screen reservation confirmation via the Apple Store, but have yet to receive an email confirmation.
Is that looking to be common?

Mine took about two hours to arrive, but arrive it did. Patience, my friend!
post #48 of 78
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I spent literally 10 hours today trying to reserve them for my wife and I on Apple.com. I didn't want to go with Best Buy or AT&T because I just don't trust them to deliver on time. Finally I was able to get through on Apple.com this evening and we're getting them delivered on June 24th! It was worth the wait. Apple is trustworthy enough to deliver on time.

Bummed about the white though. We were both planning to get white ones as of last night. I just don't want to wait indefinitely (or in a line) for them to come available.

Oh, I am sure it would have taken you just 8 hours for the white.....
post #49 of 78
I just got through at apple.com and delivery date was quoted as July 2.
post #50 of 78
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What are people's opinion regarding The color white... Do you think it makes the screen look small or would it be an obstruction when viewing a video and you want a dark background. These are some of the complaints I have heard and wonder what some of you here think? Thanks.

I think the white is very slimming, so the white iPhone 4 may feel even slimmer and sexier in your hand than you anticipated. In fact when you use it - you may well be mistaken for a popular celebrity - so you better be prepared for all the attention! Papparazi sneaking up on you - you know the drill.
post #51 of 78
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I was just able to pre-order through Apple Store!

I live in Indiana and the store in my city didn't open until 9am.I went back to the store around 3:30 to reserve my phone their system was down checked backed by phone from 7 to 7:55 they never answered the phone.
post #52 of 78
Yep. No one will ever buy the iPhone 4. It's overpriced, ugly, and it's only on AT&T.

Meanwhile, it looks like ANOTHER record sales day. My order confirmation from AT&T says that this was the busiest sales day in AT&T history.

Apple is DOOMED.....
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post #53 of 78
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Yep. No one will ever buy the iPhone 4. It's overpriced, ugly, and it's only on AT&T.

Meanwhile, it looks like ANOTHER record sales day. My order confirmation from AT&T says that this was the busiest sales day in AT&T history.

Apple is DOOMED.....

So what point are you arrogantly trying to make? That AT&T's network is great and all the complaints about the network are from Apple haters?

Btw, that "apple is doomed" joke is very funny. I've actually read it here before and it gets funnier everytime it's told.

Stockholders. So typical.
post #54 of 78
Why would anyone think that AT&T would be able to handle the demand???? Just wait till 6/24 to see the real confusion. Most likely it'll be worse than last year.
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they started to turn into yellow macbooks?

That is what I thought at first too! :-)

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post #56 of 78
Yeah, I kind of figured the brick and mortar Apple stores and AT&T stores would be a no go.

My plan was to try BB, then the Shack if BB was a fail and finally WalMart on the 24th if the Shack was a second fail.

At a little after 8pm today I pre ordered (actually reserved) a black 16GB iPhone 4 at BB. I am 12th in line so unless Apple drastically cuts stock to BB stores I should have mine on the 24th.

Of course the best way to go is the online Apple store and get it delivered to your home. Unfortunately that isn't an option for me this year.

PS - The BB agent did tell me I could not reserve the white model. It seems BB was not told by Apple they couldn't start taking pre orders for the white iPhone 4 until sometime in the afternoon .
post #57 of 78
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and from what I keep reading, that's the one everyone wants!

Not me. I don't get the fascination with white, esp. for a portable device. It shows dirt and scratches more easily and just screams look at me.

OK, nevermind I now understand why some people want white
post #58 of 78
I wonder of the news media is not simply responding to their need to sell confrontational news and publishing the negative comments of the minority in order to sell more news. Seems to me that the fact that zillions of people are fired up enough to try to order on the first day indicates massive satisfaction with the iPhone. While the media focuses on the negative comments of the (relatively) few people who are not happy with anything.
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post #59 of 78
That same e-mail also says this:

"Pickup Date and Time
June 24 starting at 7:00 a.m.
Please note that your reservation will be held until close of business on June 24."

Why not read the big print first? It might alleviate any tumors that ail you..

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Okay! I placed my pre-order through Apple Store and here is the confirmation e-mail I got -

>>
Thanks for reserving your iPhone. It will be here June 24.

When you come in to pick up your iPhone, you'll be part of an exciting launch at the Apple Retail Store. We'll have Specialists ready to transfer your contacts, set up email, and help you get apps so your iPhone is just the way you like it. We can't wait to see you at the store.

Sincerely,
The Apple Retail Store team

Pickup Date and Time:
June 24 starting at 7:00 a.m.

Please note that your reservation will be held until close of business on June 24.

Pickup Location:
%storeLocationAddress%

See store hours and get directions
http://www.apple.com/retail/paloalto/map

Be sure to bring these items with you:
- A valid, government-issued photo ID
- Your Social Security number
- A debit or credit card

Reserved Items:

1
iPhone 4 16GB : Black



Your Rate Plan:
Unlimited $nn.nn
Pay Per Use $nn.nn

Cancel your reservation
http://reserve.apple.com/WebObjects/...tCancelPickup?.......

-------------------------------------------------------------

Pre-authorization does not guarantee iPhone availability at an Apple Retail Store. iPhone is sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Your reservation is valid for pickup only at the Apple Retail Store that you selected.

If you do not collect your selected item(s) by the designated date and time, your reservation will be canceled.
....

>>

There was no prompt for credit card information. Could be because I had selected pick up from store. My only concern is this -

"Pre-authorization does not guarantee iPhone availability at an Apple Retail Store. iPhone is sold on a first-come, first-served basis."
post #60 of 78
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That same e-mail also says this:

"Pickup Date and Time
June 24 starting at 7:00 a.m.
Please note that your reservation will be held until close of business on June 24."

Why not read the big print first? It might alleviate any tumors that ail you..

Thanks Doc! I read that part too! I am not too much concerned any more because I will most likely be canceling that reservation as I was able to get a real confirmation with delivery date of June 24th from Apple.
post #61 of 78
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and from what I keep reading, that's the one everyone wants!

Not me thank you. I prefer the black one this time as I think the overall white casings looks like an Android phone. My current white iPhone 3GS look much better with only the back panel that is white rather than the latest's white top and bottom front border.
post #62 of 78
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Yep. No one will ever buy the iPhone 4. It's overpriced, ugly, and it's only on AT&T.

Meanwhile, [...]

Apple is DOOMED.....

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So what point are you arrogantly trying to make? That AT&T's network is great and all the complaints about the network are from Apple haters?

Btw, that "apple is doomed" joke is very funny. I've actually read it here before and it gets funnier everytime it's told.

Stockholders. So typical.

somebody did not understand the joke! Learn the sarcastic intent mate!
post #63 of 78
I tried reserving the iPhone all damn day but the server was all screwy and now it's already to a point where I have to wait in line the day before?

What a joke... I don't know who I'm supposed to be mad at, AT&T or Apple.

July 2nd for delivery?
post #64 of 78
I keep getting the spinner. I've tried about 5 times today but only getting the continuous spinner, even after 15 minutes. Will keep trying when I have free time in the next couple days, no rush.
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post #65 of 78
i went to my local AT&T store at 2:15 pm EST and completed my checkout at 2:30 pm EST. at a little after 6 pm EST, i received this email from AT&T;

Thank you for ordering iPhone 4 from AT&T. Your device has been reserved. Today was the busiest sales day in our history. Because of the incredible volume of orders we received, there is a slight chance that some customers may receive their devices between June 25 and June 28. Rest assured, we are doing all we can to ship devices to customers for delivery on the 24th. You do not need to take any action at this point.
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Meanwhile, Best Buy began the day taking deposits (image, below) for white iPhone 4s in addition to black models, despite Apple's disclosure that white models would not be available until sometime after the June 24th launch. But around 4pm, the big-box retailer was asked by Apple to cease all reservations for white models.

It's unclear whether Best Buy is guaranteeing its reservations to customers.


They better not. That's total bullsh*t. I, like many other thousands I'm sure, clearly saw on the web that Apple was not taking pre-orders for the white iPhone 4. Since Apple wasn't, then that automatically extends to 3rd party retailers as well. Sorry, but any reservation that was made for a white iPhone 4 placed through Best Buy etc should be voided. It's bad enough that I am having to wait to pre-order the white model after Apple gave no indication of a supply problem; its even worse to think that now there are people ahead of me due to a big box retailer f*cking up. Surprise surprise.
post #67 of 78
I did the pre-order through AT&T and got an email later stating

"ship on or after June 24th,"

Does anyone have something different that in the email for AT&T?
post #68 of 78
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Bummed about the white though. We were both planning to get white ones as of last night. I just don't want to wait indefinitely (or in a line) for them to come available.

Unless I find out there are no White iPhone 4s in existence, I'm going to risk a couple of days being at the top of the queue at the flagship Palo Alto store beginning Tuesday in the hope that a few White ones will be shipped to that store for walk in sales. \

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post #69 of 78
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Yep. No one will ever buy the iPhone 4. It's overpriced, ugly, and it's only on AT&T.

Meanwhile, it looks like ANOTHER record sales day. My order confirmation from AT&T says that this was the busiest sales day in AT&T history.

Apple is DOOMED.....


This is a catastrophe for the competition. Who else has this kind of response to a new product?
post #70 of 78
As someone else mentioned earlier, I was also surprised that BB was taking pre-orders for the white iPhone. I stopped at my store around 3:00PM EDT. You essentially end up buying a $50 gift card for BB that you can turn around and use for the purchase of the phone. I was the 9th person to pre-order in the store. Not sure how many of people ahead of me ordered white. I have not received any kind of phone call from my store saying that I need to change my order. We'll see what happens.
post #71 of 78
I was feeling so bad yesterday because with the new data plans and rise in costs for the AT&T compared to my Tmobile plan, I couldn't pull the trigger on a new iPhone. Yet I'm probably going to get something good out of it just becaue Craigslist is now FULL of smartphones that no one wants. I've never seen so many discounted smartphones.

It's really tempting now to go grab one of them and give myself an upgrade, especially since my own phone carries a little extra value for being unlocked. The iPhone 3GS is fighting to get $300 (most are $290 to get attention) where I'm at and I saw multiple Moto Droids at barely $200. I've got a line on one with 16 gigs, case and obviously it is barely seven months old for $180. An off contract smartphone for not even $200. WOW!

I may not be one of the cool kids on day one, but if I'm carrying around your old phone for a month while you carry around a prepaid Nokia waiting for your new iPhone to ship, who's cool in the meantime?

Thanks Apple for raising the bar. The $350 Nexius One (or something similar) might be in my hand soon as a result.

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post #72 of 78
Placed order yesterday morning via AT&T online at 6 a.m. Got a confirmation number but no confirmation email.

When I checked the online order status today, the order is shown as being placed TODAY and BACKORDERED.

Double boned.
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Placed order yesterday morning via AT&T online at 6 a.m. Got a confirmation number but no confirmation email.

When I checked the online order status today, the order is shown as being placed TODAY and BACKORDERED.

Double boned.

Check again. I placed my order at 4am PST. Earlier today it did not show up. Then it showed a one in Back-Ordered, then two hours later it showed a zero in Back-Ordered.
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This is a catastrophe for the competition. Who else has this kind of response to a new product?

AFAIK, the iPhone 3GS was the fastest launch for a consumer electronics device ever. This one appears to be even faster. AT&T, at least, said yesterday was their busiest sales day EVER. The same thing seems to be true in other locations, as well.
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I did the pre-order through AT&T and got an email later stating

"ship on or after June 24th,"

Does anyone have something different that in the email for AT&T?

No, I got the same thing. I pre-ordered mine at the AT&T store around 11am. The store had opened at 10am and I was one of the first 10 people or so to order one there. The salesperson assured me that it would arrive on the 24th. I would also be curious to see if anyone else who managed to pre-order at an AT&T store yesterday got a confirmation email saying something different from that.
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I tried reserving the iPhone all damn day but the server was all screwy and now it's already to a point where I have to wait in line the day before?

What a joke... I don't know who I'm supposed to be mad at, AT&T or Apple.

July 2nd for delivery?

Yeah, those bastards? Seriously, what are you...12? They were dealing with INSANE demand. It's no surprise that servers crashed. They had hundreds of thousands of people trying to order. Big surprise. Maybe when you turn 13 you'll understand such things.
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There is no "EST", "CST", or "PST" right now. There is, however, MST and HST for Arizona and Hawaii. The literal meaning of "Something happened at 10am EST" currently means that it actually happened at 11am, which is not what I think any of you mean.

Why go out of your way to include the 'S' or 'D', when simply putting "ET" or "PT" would get your point across and actually be correct no matter the time of year?

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We interrupt your currently scheduled forum for this emergency message:

There is no "EST", "CST", or "PST" right now. There is, however, MST and HST for Arizona and Hawaii. The literal meaning of "Something happened at 10am EST" currently means that it actually happened at 11am, which is not what I think any of you mean.

Why go out of your way to include the 'S' or 'D', when simply putting "ET" or "PT" would get your point across and actually be correct no matter the time of year?

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The fact that you have to explain it means it's not common. I bet there are many who won't understand your post or will understand it just fine but have never heard of PDT or EDT.

They certainly aren't commonly used which is why I went with the familiar usage to refer to my time zone, because in the end the point of language is to get your point across, not to be pedantic yet accruate. Since the day of the year and location is clear there should be no confusion as to whether Daylight Savings is in effect or not. The primary goal is get a firm understanding in an instance based on ones current Time Zone.
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