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post #1 of 30
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An iPad 2 customer on AT&T notes his order shipped today with free two day delivery, with an estimated arrival date of Monday.

Apple's own online orders were reported to ship within "3 to 5 business days," resulting delivery between March 18-25. If AT&T's delivery report is correct, it appears it is poised to beat Apple's delivery dates by four days to almost two weeks.

Delivery dates are often only estimates, and Apple has been known to ship deliveries earlier than the conservative outlook it often offers. However, it also appears the company may have focused its available inventory at retail stores, with the intent of creating a sensational, public launch.

The launch of the Verizon iPhone 4 last month went so smoothly, thanks to advanced orders that were largely handled online, that critics complained that there weren't long enough lines and called into question the success of the new product, even after Verizon announced that it had sold more iPhone 4s than in any other smartphone launch.

iPad 2 lines appear to be Apple's longest yet, setting records in length in multiple cities while selling out all available inventory in many stores.

post #2 of 30
I ordered from the Apple online store cuz I didn't want to hassle with the lines. I assumed it would ship today. I wish I knew that I would get a 3-5 days to SHIP, then another 3-5 to arrive. I hope it's just being super conservative.

It's not so much not having an iPad that's bad (I've lived my whole life without one...) but that the shipping/arriving dates are so much longer than I'm used to. Had I known this was going to be the situation, I might've tried my hand at the retail store \
post #3 of 30
I won't be able to drop by at the store when Apple start selling them in the UK (they better not delay the date !!!) so I'm going to just sit by the comp and order it online once it open. There will be only 2x(2x3) SKUs to contend with so hopefully stock are aplenty.

Black or white?
32GB
WiFi + 3G
(Product) Red leather/Grey Polyurethane SmartCover ... 2 wks to make up my mind about the colour.
post #4 of 30
When you order online on AT&T it says iPad 2 orders will ship in 14 to 21 business days.
I did not get one at any store this evening. No apple store near my place. Went to walmart, and the guy in front of me bought the last AT&T 3g one they had. Then I tried at Best Buy and Target. Best Buy actually had the Verizon ones left in stock, but I didn't want Verizon. None of the AT&T store near my area got any iPads (I live near Poughkeepsie, NY).

Anyway, ordering online from AT&T requires you to sign up for a data plan, though I think one should be able to cancel it once the device is received. I ordered one from apple.com and one from AT&T online store too (32GB black 3G). AT&T seems to be selling only the 16Gb and 32GB versions online (no 64GB version). I figure when the first one of them ships, I will cancel the other order.

Seems like I will have to wait 2-3 weeks. .
post #5 of 30
At one of the few SF penisula Apple stores, the stock of iPad2s was so poor that after waiting in line 5 hrs with only 150 people in front of me when the doors reopened at 5pm (with a max of 2 units purchased per person), I went home empty handed because the 2 people in front of me bought the last 32 Mb Wifi only models. All 16Mb models were sold out well before I got to the front and there were only a few 64Mb (overkill) models with 3G left when I got to the front.
I was not amused and think the 500+ people behind me were similarly annoyed. If I had known that they'd be stocking their own stores with so few a stock I would have ordered online and saved a day waiting in line.
This is a very poor lauch. Yes, they can say they had long lines but if you can't meet at least most of the demand, what is the point. You just piss people off. I think they just lost a customer. This may just be a sign I should save my money
post #6 of 30
Yesterday was the first time I tried to get an Apple device on launch day, and my experience will probably make it the last time I try as well.

I went to the Apple website at 5:45am EST yesterday, but as I wanted to get the device before I left on a trip next Friday, the 3-5 days before shipping (with no option for priority shipping either) made me decide to try my luck in the evening.

Then I heard that AT&T's website was allowing orders in the morning with quicker shipping, so I tried to purchase from the AT&T website. But it required me to select a Data Plan - and around step 3, I had to agree to a 2-year commitment! I realize that I might still have been able to cancel it, but that scared me off sufficiently to stop the order before submitting it.

In the evening I went to the local AT&T store (I live in a suburb of DC) and they told me that they didn't receive any new iPads (although they had some original iPads available). I asked if any other local AT&T stores had them, and they told me that the closest one they knew about that even received a shipment was in Hagerstown, which is over an hour outside of town. So much for pushing the iPads to retail outlets...

I did swing by the Apple store, but as I had to work until 6pm, that was a fruitless exercise. The local Best Buys also had very limited inventory that were quickly swiped up. I don't think Apple flooded retail outlets with the iPads, I just think they didn't produce enough to meet the demand.

I guess I'll just have to order at the Apple website and wait the month it will take to get it.
post #7 of 30
I ordered a white 16GB Wifi from Apple at 3:38AM EST. It is being prepared for shipment this morning. I'll update when it ships.
post #8 of 30
A very helpful ATT service agent that I chatted with says shipping in 5-7 days (it's 'free 2-day shipping'). Also, during the ordering process, it asks you for your DOB and SS#, and requires you to check a box that says "agree to a 2-year agreement." The agent says that does not mean anything, it's still month-to-month, but you'll still have to check the box.

Weird. I'll skip ordering from these guys.
post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by pumpkinwhite View Post

AT&T seems to be selling only the 16Gb and 32GB versions online (no 64GB version).

They were showing 64GB as being available when I checked 15 mins ago.
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by wtf View Post

I was not amused and think the 500+ people behind me were similarly annoyed. If I had known that they'd be stocking their own stores with so few a stock I would have ordered online and saved a day waiting in line.

Keep in mind that they were dealing with 18 different models and without unlimited space to put them. Even if they cleared out every other item, most stores probably would only have roon for say 1000 total units. Across 18 skis that's only 55 of each unit. So even if everyone in front you could only get 1 each they still could have sold out of the exact one you wanted. Double the number and it was still possible.

No matter what Apple does they lose in some groups eyes. And the staff always loses because they get yelled and cussed at. I even once saw a guy taken away by the police for threatening to hunt down the store manager and beat her senseless and her kids too. Over a phone. Seriously? It is just a phone.

Personally I think that Apple should do reservations, and then have the system cut it off at how many the store can handle with staffing each day and send out email claim tickets. No walkins. You want to change your mind you cancel and you go to the end. Sorry but it is the system. At the end of the day the system sends the next batch according to how many are in stock, what models and the capacity. Or you order online.

Although I think Apple tried a system like that with one of he iPhones. May be it was the 4 post launch day.
post #11 of 30
My apple order shipped this morning. Looks like it's coming from out the country. It's showing international service on the fedex page.

post #12 of 30
i am happy that the ipad 2 is now shipping, but i feel guilty talking about that, while thousands of people are killed in japan and a nuclear catastrophe takes place. that's why i have made this video clip. if you like it, please forward it to your friends:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJwwv4NWv1E
post #13 of 30
I just got a shipment confirmation on my iPad 2 64GB Black WiFi. Apple's order confirmation says delivered by March 18th but when i tracked it through fedex it says delivery by March 17th

My bet is that it will get here on the 16th. For some reason whenever I order something from apple and its shipped fedex it always gets here a day before the estimated delivery date.
post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by wtf View Post

At one of the few SF penisula Apple stores, the stock of iPad2s was so poor that after waiting in line 5 hrs with only 150 people in front of me when the doors reopened at 5pm (with a max of 2 units purchased per person), I went home empty handed because the 2 people in front of me bought the last 32 Mb Wifi only models. All 16Mb models were sold out well before I got to the front and there were only a few 64Mb (overkill) models with 3G left when I got to the front.
I was not amused and think the 500+ people behind me were similarly annoyed. If I had known that they'd be stocking their own stores with so few a stock I would have ordered online and saved a day waiting in line.
This is a very poor lauch. Yes, they can say they had long lines but if you can't meet at least most of the demand, what is the point. You just piss people off. I think they just lost a customer. This may just be a sign I should save my money

they didn't offer a voucher? you know.. reserve one from the next shipment and front of the line treatment if necessary?

i waited in line (a very short line ~10 ppl) for one of the iphones and the activation system died so they gave all of us vouchers.. reserve the size you want and first in line for activation. later that day, I was in and out in about 10 minutes. got to cut about 50 people.
post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by wtf View Post

At one of the few SF penisula Apple stores, the stock of iPad2s was so poor that after waiting in line 5 hrs with only 150 people in front of me when the doors reopened at 5pm (with a max of 2 units purchased per person), I went home empty handed because the 2 people in front of me bought the last 32 Mb Wifi only models. All 16Mb models were sold out well before I got to the front and there were only a few 64Mb (overkill) models with 3G left when I got to the front.
I was not amused and think the 500+ people behind me were similarly annoyed. If I had known that they'd be stocking their own stores with so few a stock I would have ordered online and saved a day waiting in line.
This is a very poor lauch. Yes, they can say they had long lines but if you can't meet at least most of the demand, what is the point. You just piss people off. I think they just lost a customer. This may just be a sign I should save my money

Get a Xoom - you'll never have to wait in line.
post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by bodypainter View Post

i am happy that the ipad 2 is now shipping, but i feel guilty talking about that, while thousands of people are killed in japan and a nuclear catastrophe takes place. that's why i have made this video clip. if you like it, please forward it to your friends:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJwwv4NWv1E

[Note: my goodness I'm sick of people spamming these newsgroups with news of Japan. I don't suppose they figure we've all read about it by now. So just to be crude....]

There was a tsunami of sales yesterday :-)

... Sorry, just had to say it.
post #17 of 30
Would 2-day delivery mean Monday? Seems like Tuesday at the earliest.
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by francis View Post

Yesterday was the first time I tried to get an Apple device on launch day, and my experience will probably make it the last time I try as well.

I went to the Apple website at 5:45am EST yesterday, but as I wanted to get the device before I left on a trip next Friday, the 3-5 days before shipping (with no option for priority shipping either) made me decide to try my luck in the evening.

Then I heard that AT&T's website was allowing orders in the morning with quicker shipping, so I tried to purchase from the AT&T website. But it required me to select a Data Plan - and around step 3, I had to agree to a 2-year commitment! I realize that I might still have been able to cancel it, but that scared me off sufficiently to stop the order before submitting it.

In the evening I went to the local AT&T store (I live in a suburb of DC) and they told me that they didn't receive any new iPads (although they had some original iPads available). I asked if any other local AT&T stores had them, and they told me that the closest one they knew about that even received a shipment was in Hagerstown, which is over an hour outside of town. So much for pushing the iPads to retail outlets...

I did swing by the Apple store, but as I had to work until 6pm, that was a fruitless exercise. The local Best Buys also had very limited inventory that were quickly swiped up. I don't think Apple flooded retail outlets with the iPads, I just think they didn't produce enough to meet the demand.

I guess I'll just have to order at the Apple website and wait the month it will take to get it.

They have Craigslist in DC, right?
post #19 of 30
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Originally Posted by Postulant View Post

Get a Xoom - you'll never have to wait in line.

.....and saturday morning trolls emerge. But ya check that xoom @wtf, I think it has the Mb requirement you're looking for.

Tsunami of sales last night, lol. Let's not get carried away now; Apple stores really were flooded :-)
post #20 of 30
I dont understand why companies can charge for tethering when we already pay for the 3G connection with out phone. The way I see it we are paying in full for a 3G connection 24/7 with our monthly bill. Weather I use that connection on my phone or another device does not matter. It is still one 3G connection.

Has anyone tried to challenge the charge in court?
post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by tommyhart View Post

I dont understand why companies can charge for tethering when we already pay for the 3G connection with out phone. The way I see it we are paying in full for a 3G connection 24/7 with our monthly bill. Weather I use that connection on my phone or another device does not matter. It is still one 3G connection.

Has anyone tried to challenge the charge in court?

What law do you reckon it breaks?
post #22 of 30
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Originally Posted by tommyhart View Post

I dont understand why companies can charge for tethering when we already pay for the 3G connection with out phone. The way I see it we are paying in full for a 3G connection 24/7 with our monthly bill. Weather I use that connection on my phone or another device does not matter. It is still one 3G connection.

Has anyone tried to challenge the charge in court?

Read your contract. It clearly states that the data is to be used for the device, and not to be used for any and all devices you wish to connect to it. If you got your way and unlimited data could be used to connect to an unlimited number of PCs running up terabytes of usage per month then the price of the unlimited data would skyrocket to account for that. Dont even try to compare the cost of a broadband cable connection to the cost of cellular broadband.
post #23 of 30
Exactly. Charging for tethering is ridiculous, especially with what many of us already pay, and have paid, to AT&T for many years through all the shitty service. But, the real issue isn't really the money as much as the fact that all our new ipads will add some serious stress to the networks. I know I personally will probably consume on my new ipad 75% of the online media I would have consumed with my mbp. What the added cost is trying to do is get us to consume that online media over anything other than 3G. Alas, I don't think there are any laws that can really be applied here--unless you break them by jail-breaking ;-)

That said, AT&T needs to get ready for the reality that as the post-pc market develops, it will bring a veritable tsunami of once-wifi activity to their 3G network. After all, true mobility is the reason the ipad can replace the laptop.
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by tommyhart View Post

I dont understand why companies can charge for tethering when we already pay for the 3G connection with out phone. The way I see it we are paying in full for a 3G connection 24/7 with our monthly bill. Weather I use that connection on my phone or another device does not matter. It is still one 3G connection.

Has anyone tried to challenge the charge in court?

This is 100% consumer's fault. If idiots out there weren't willing to pay for tethering to their device, then companies wouldn't charge for it. Same issue with Texting on phones...
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by euler View Post

Would 2-day delivery mean Monday? Seems like Tuesday at the earliest.

I dont think FedEx delivers on mondays anyways and apple usually ships fedex. Not sure what AT&T uses.
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by Lawyered View Post

I dont think FedEx delivers on mondays anyways and apple usually ships fedex. Not sure what AT&T uses.

Fedex delivers on mondays
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by Lawyered View Post

I dont think FedEx delivers on mondays anyways and apple usually ships fedex. Not sure what AT&T uses.

Why would FEDEX not deliver on Mondays??
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by Postulant View Post

Get a Xoom - you'll never have to wait in line.

Good one! Add that to the Zoom's check list.
post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by Lawyered View Post

For some reason whenever I order something from apple and its shipped fedex it always gets here a day before the estimated delivery date.

Thats just Fedex, they do a much better job shipping than UPS, they give you a conservative estimate but delivery is usually earlier than that. UPS on the other hand is awful, I've seen them hold my packages at facilities when it gets there earlier than expected for no reason, and will only deliver on or after the delivery date.
post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by cinaddy View Post

Why would FEDEX not deliver on Mondays??

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Originally Posted by Bigdawgjz88 View Post

Fedex delivers on mondays

I stand partially corrected. Fedex Home Delivery and SmartPost does not deliver on Mondays. Only Tuesday thru Saturday.

All other FedEx services deliver Monday thru Saturday, like ExpressSaver, 2Day, Overnight . . . . I think Apple is shipping the iPads ExpressSaver and the accessories either via SmartPost.

See: http://www.fedex.com/us/service-guid.../us/index.html
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