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Less than 24 hours before the official launch of the iPhone 4, lines of customers camped out at Apple stores continue to grow, while many who preordered online began receiving their handset Wednesday.

Customers were seated as comfortably as they could be with portable chairs and coolers outside Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store on Wednesday morning.

The camp-outs began last week, when a 25-year-old Dallas man got in line outside the Apple store on Knox Street. Justin Wagoner has braved the 100-degree heat with the aid of a tent, sleeping bag, ice chest, and changes of clothes, according to The Dallas Morning News. He camped out for the last two iPhone releases as well, though those were only overnight stays.

"The heat is just killing me," he said of this year's weeklong wait.

Apple uncharacteristically authorized the early delivery of iPhone 4 for many who preordered the handset, as packages began arriving Wednesday. One AppleInsider reader in the Boston, Mass., suburbs said they received their iPhone 4 at 9:30 a.m. local time, and activated the handset via iTunes in less than 30 seconds.

Thanks to AppleInsider reader Ryan for the photo.

Another reader contacted FedEx after their tracking information did not show that their package was out for delivery. A company representative reportedly said their system was down due to a large number of shipment inquiries. The representative confirmed that the package was out for delivery, despite the fact that online tracking showed the package still in transit.

However, it should be noted that not all preorders are arriving today. Some who bought through Apple sent word that their package is not scheduled for delivery today, despite the fact that Apple sent out notice of a June 23 arrival. In addition, AT&T has said that all who managed to preorder will receive their device sometime this week.

Photo via Matt Richardson.

A handful of lucky customers received their iPhone 4 even earlier, on Tuesday. A California attorney received the handset delivered to his office, but was unable to activate it for a few hours. The issue was eventually resolved with the help of Apple and AT&T.

Shipments also began to arrive at Walmart, which will be selling the iPhone 4 on launch day along with Radio Shack and Best Buy.

post #2 of 75
What about the SoHo store?? Has a line formed there yet?

I'm going to go to SoHo tonight at 3AM!
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As Expected...

Let's just hope that those stores have a suitable supply of cases to protect that 'alleged' scratch-proof glass surface -

http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/23/y...-the-iphone-4/
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post #4 of 75
Gotta love the line people!

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It is stunning to see -- let alone attempt to comprehend -- how Apple has become the cultural force of our time.

I can't think of even a rock band today that invites this kind of adulation.

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Gotta love the line people!

Guaranteed news coverage.

Don't see that kind of force for Android!

However, I am glad my phone showed up at my door 10 minutes ago even though FEDEX website said it was at the sort facility.
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I preordered at Radioshack on the first day. Apple's reservation system was down so they couldn't actually place the order but took orders by hand and said they'd call once they knew more. I hadn't heard anything so I called them Monday and amazingly still hadn't heard anything from Apple. I really hope I don't have to wait a month or more to replace my ancient 3G.
post #8 of 75
Finally got an email this morning from Apple with notification of shipping.

It gets even better as my son has just sent me a text at work saying its arrived.

Even better than that England are in the last 16 of the world cup!! Not forgetting the USA of course.

Does it get any better than this???.
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Gotta love the line people!

The whole concept befuddles me. Time minus value doesn't even come close to being a positive number. On top of that, with home delivery in effect I have to assume this lines are much smaller than they would be otherwise.


PS: I have one come to my place via FedEx and the other coming via UPS. Both are scheduled for today. The one from UPS is technically mine so I of course want that to arrive first.
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The whole concept befuddles me. Time minus value doesn't even come close to being a positive number. On top of that, with home delivery in effect I have to assume this lines are much smaller than they would be otherwise.

Personally, I would never wait in line for something that I could get shipped to my home. But I can understand the fun of the anticipation, camaraderie, etc. That is why people go to a movie debut at midnight when they can just go at lunchtime the next day.
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Personally, I would never wait in line for something that I could get shipped to my home. But I can understand the fun of the anticipation, camaraderie, etc. That is why people go to a movie debut at midnight when they can just go at lunchtime the next day.

Apple pay them to do it. Makes great PR.
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That is why people go to a movie debut at midnight when they can just go at lunchtime the next day.

See, I go see the early showing during the day when it's less crowded. Not a fan of crowds, lines or waiting.
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It is stunning to see -- let alone attempt to comprehend -- how Apple has become the cultural force of our time.

I have a friend that pondered today what would have bigger lines.

the iphone 4

or the midnight release of Twilight 3.

I'm thinking it's a close race

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Apple pay them to do it.

No way would Apple pay anyone. That would leak out and not go over well.

And they don't have to. these folks want their 15 minutes and they will get it. Come tomorrow tons of blogs will have opening videos and these crazy folks that camped out will be all "I got my phone" like dweebs.

Apple still gets their PR, the stock goes up etc.

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It is stunning to see -- let alone attempt to comprehend -- how Apple has become the cultural force of our time.

I can't think of even a rock band today that invites this kind of adulation.

It's sad how devote people are to a company, who at the bottom line have the best interests of shareholders first and foremost.

And 12 months from now they'll stand there again as the lust for the next phone ensues...and we'll be reminded 12 months from now just what we were missing with the iPhone 5 and how dated the technology of the iPhone 4 will be.

What I really question is when does Apple break this yearly cycle? It can't go on forever due to network capacity constraints/over-saturation/etc.
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I admit to being somewhat fanatical when it comes to my Apple jones. But those line sitting mofos be crazy!
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post #16 of 75
Mine is scheduled to arrive at the AT&T store today via UPS. So once it's delivered, should I be able to stroll in and get it?
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Seems the AT&T servers are down again!!! WTF!
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No way would Apple pay anyone. That would leak out and not go over well.

And they don't have to. these folks want their 15 minutes and they will get it. Come tomorrow tons of blogs will have opening videos and these crazy folks that camped out will be all "I got my phone" like dweebs.

Apple still gets their PR, the stock goes up etc.

I was joking.
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It's sad how devote people are to a company, who at the bottom line have the best interests of shareholders first and foremost.

And 12 months from now they'll stand there again as the lust for the next phone ensues...and we'll be reminded 12 months from now just what we were missing with the iPhone 5 and how dated the technology of the iPhone 4 will be.

What I really question is when does Apple break this yearly cycle? It can't go on forever due to network capacity constraints/over-saturation/etc.

There was not any wait for 3GS phones or 3G in my area. So, I think it is just major leaps when lines form. I consider iPhone 4 a major leap over the predecessors.
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I waited in line for the 3G on launch day without pre-ordering. Took almost 6.5 hours in line to get my "white" 3G. Since the white phone is currently unavailable, i will be happy to reserve one for store pick-up when it is. No more lines for me. It's really not worth it. Not to mention having to take off work for something this trivial (at least at this point in the iPhone history).
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It's sad how devote people are to a company, who at the bottom line have the best interests of shareholders first and foremost.

And 12 months from now they'll stand there again as the lust for the next phone ensues...and we'll be reminded 12 months from now just what we were missing with the iPhone 5 and how dated the technology of the iPhone 4 will be.

What I really question is when does Apple break this yearly cycle? It can't go on forever due to network capacity constraints/over-saturation/etc.

But they also care about their customers, it's obvious because they create great products. I'm not fanatical about them but I realize they're well designed and well built. I'm waiting for my third iPhone and have an iMac, they're all been great products and have served me well. A lot more reliable than a lot of products from other companies who just churn out junk that breakdown after a short time.
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I have a friend that pondered today what would have bigger lines.

the iphone 4

or the midnight release of Twilight 3.

I'm thinking it's a close race

Of course there is going to be longer line for a movie. However those lines tend to be for the midnight/next day evening shows. Go at 11 am and the line won't be as long, if it even exists. Go to the Apple store and the line will be there all day, for a couple of days. Hell the Galleria mall here in Houston had lines two weeks after the 3GS came out. Granted it wasn't nearly as long, but it's still a line.
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Not to mention having to take off work for something this trivial (at least at this point in the iPhone history).

And there in lies the Troll.
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Apple pay them to do it. Makes great PR.

Yes, Apple pay people to wait in line. And purposefully leaked an actual iPhone 4 months early. Then set the cops on Gizmodo editors. And faked the moon landing.


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And there in lies the Troll.

At least learn what 'troll' refers to before using it.
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No SIM ejection tool!?
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No SIM ejection tool!?

Just use a paperclip
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And 12 months from now they'll stand there again as the lust for the next phone ensues...and we'll be reminded 12 months from now just what we were missing with the iPhone 5 and how dated the technology of the iPhone 4 will be.

What I really question is when does Apple break this yearly cycle? It can't go on forever due to network capacity constraints/over-saturation/etc.

Even when network capacity doesn't increase, other technology does. There are people that wish they would update more often, but I don't think that is a good idea.

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Not to mention having to take off work for something this trivial (at least at this point in the iPhone history).

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And there in lies the Troll.

A person is not a troll because you disagree. Also, I think antkm1 is right. It is by many measures a very nice product, but when you can have it delivered, is it really worth camping overnight in a concrete jungle for one?
post #28 of 75
Wow.. So many virgins.
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[QUOTE=esXXI;1659276]Yes, Apple pay people to wait in line. And purposefully leaked an actual iPhone 4 months early. Then set the cops on Gizmodo editors. And faked the moon landing.



I knew it!!!!!!!
My suspicions have been confirmed!

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What about the SoHo store?? Has a line formed there yet?

I'm going to go to SoHo tonight at 3AM!

You shouldn't have said that! Now a thousand people are going to show up at 2:59AM!
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And there in lies the Troll.

how is he a Troll, He isn't knocking apple or the iPhone, he's knocking the idiots who waste a week of there life waiting in line to buy something the can just get a week later. As much as I want the new iPhone.. ya this is just pathetic.
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Apple pay them to do it. Makes great PR.

lol right.. cause clearly iPhone 4 needs the exposure..
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It's sad how devote people are to a company, who at the bottom line have the best interests of shareholders first and foremost.

Yeah, as a shareholder too, I say 'Bring it on, baby! Create more wealth for me!'
post #34 of 75
Its sort of baffling that people are willing to wait in line like this, but at the same time I could see how it would be a fun experience.
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hooking it up to itunes as we speak!!!
Can i get a hell yeah???????????????????? lol
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Personally, I would never wait in line for something that I could get shipped to my home. But I can understand the fun of the anticipation, camaraderie, etc. That is why people go to a movie debut at midnight when they can just go at lunchtime the next day.

Unfortunately, many didn't have a choice. Although I got my pre-order in for the 24th, it failed repeatedly when trying the ship option. I finally gave up and selected the 'pick-up' option.

At this point, this just makes me want to avoid the apple store like the plague. I have no choice though, as they will only hold the phone for the 24th. I'll probably hit it around 9 or 10 and hope that some of the lines have died down.

I'm not sure if getting there early is a good idea or not at this point, given stories like this one. Anyone want to comment who's done the early bird before?
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

The whole concept befuddles me. Time minus value doesn't even come close to being a positive number. On top of that, with home delivery in effect I have to assume this lines are much smaller than they would be otherwise.

True, to many geeks it is befuddling that some people actually seek out public interaction.

People standing in those lines aren't doing it just for the new phone. They're also there for the excitement, attention, and socialization. For some, perhaps even most, the phone is secondary, even if they don't realize it.

For example, people don't attend concerts just for the music. People don't go to restaurants just for the food. People don't go to theaters just for the movie. It is the entire experience which is compelling.
post #38 of 75
Just got a visit from my local FedEx driver....iPhone4 in hand !!! Wooohoooo
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Let me see if I read this right: People checking for their deliveries slowed down the FedEx site?!
post #40 of 75
Bullshit.

Prove it to me by meeting in the dark alley behind the Blue Oyster Bar tonight at 11 p.m. so I can see it for myself. Don't mind my two friends.
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