Originally Posted by PScooter63
To the folks obsessing over their pre-order status... am I missing something?
When I bought my 4s at a US AT&T store on release day last year, I arrived about 45 minutes before their scheduled opening time. (Disclaimer: longtime AT&T customer.) I was ninth in line.
I was helped by a sales rep within three minutes of their opening the store. The actual purchase, and having the rep transfer my data directly from my ancient Treo, took all of 12 minutes. Altogether, a little over an hour's worth of personal effort (not counting travel time to the store), for as close to a perfect purchase experience as I've ever had.
So back to my naive question: what makes pre-orders preferable to an experience like mine?
Quite simply, your experience was unusual. For most people, it means arriving at the store long before opening time and waiting in line for hours. Then getting into the store and finding that their stock has all been sold, so you get a raincheck and get to repeat the process.
In addition, having to deal with the staff members at most carrier stores is a royal pain. I probably had to spell my last name 10 times the last time I went through it and they kept messing things up (giving me the wrong service, etc). Even if I don't get my phone on the first day, I will not stand in line at an AT&T store again.
Of course, for me, it's a non-issue since I switched to Straighttalk. I just have to wait for Apple to start selling unlocked phones of this model.