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post #41 of 79
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Originally Posted by dak splunder View Post

I've got a Best Buy gift card, so I was thinking about getting my iPhone at Best Buy.

Can anyone think of any reason I should get it at an Apple Store instead?

Thanks!

I realized fairly late (last Friday) that I could pre-order from Apple and get my phone today (which I did) as AT&T was announcing that they couldn't guarantee any more pre-orders would arrive on the launch date. If there is a shortage at BB or AT&T, your best bet will still most likely be Apple to get it fast.
post #42 of 79
Activated at 11am Pacific, took less that 3 min
post #43 of 79
Getting my 3Gs today was a yawner. I showed up at the Chandler, Az Apple Store at 0830, and i was outa there before 0900. The reason it took so long is because this was my first iPhone, and I asked some question about the phone, plus looked at cases, which I did not buy there. Yep it was pre-ordered, and yep they had all of my info ready to go. I was surprised at no lines, but then there re more places to get the iPhone now, plus Apple had plenty of staff on hand. I'll give them an A on the experience I had. :o)

I'm thinking about an Otterbox Defender case, and comments?
post #44 of 79
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

I must have missed the theads on how "many iPhone ads in the papers", "getting your iPhone to talk to you", "which celebrities own the iPhone", "you iPhone is your new best friend", etc.

Apple news , dudes, "real" Apple news.

Why do you feel the need to post this in every single iPhone thread?

FYI, Apple is the creator of the iPhone. It's Apple News...dude.
post #45 of 79
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

I think a more appropriate word is pathetic.

Wait til they start whining about each and every flaw- "the plastic cracks!", "the screen is too slippery!", "it's too hot!", "video drains my battery!", "my bill is too high!", etc.

I'm sure we'll have a thread for each and every whine too.

Just like this one, whining about the whiners. This forum is also a place for people to vent a bit.
post #46 of 79
I went to the AT&T store on 3rd and Market and was in and out in 15 minutes. I was number 4 in line. The entire process including registration was really quick. I had planned on getting my new phone later in the week when things died down... pleasantly surprised! oh and I'm loving it. Upgraded from the gen 1 phone.
post #47 of 79
It's my sincere hope that someday Apple will give potential buyers the one option I crave: a carrier other than AT&T. Their pricing structure is abysmal. There's not a snowball's chance in hell that I'll by an iPhone, as much as I'd like to, as long as AT&T charges extra (and a lot) for text messages and begins nights and weekends at 9 pm. Their offering is an insult.
post #48 of 79
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Originally Posted by Trajectory View Post

Why do you feel the need to post this in every single iPhone thread?

Well, he would know about all those complaints since he saw them first hand

Oh, wait....
post #49 of 79
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

I think a more appropriate word is pathetic.

Wait til they start whining about each and every flaw- "the plastic cracks!", "the screen is too slippery!", "it's too hot!", "video drains my battery!", "my bill is too high!", etc.

I'm sure we'll have a thread for each and every whine too.

I don't post all that much here but I certainly do read all your posts and you sound like a miserable git. You always seem to be putting people down.

You say you waited in line for Jaguar which is not at all like waiting in line for iPhone 3GS (because it's 3rd gen). Well let's see... If remember correctly we had OS X 10.0 then 10.1 then Jaguar. Doesn't that qualify as third generation? Oh but no, that's not what you meant... You're saying that Jaguar was revolutionary because it was the first version of OS X to "complete" the OS and bring many requested/basic features that were missing from the two previous versions, right?

Well, I would argue that iPhone OS 3.0 is also bringing many requested/basic features to the OS such as video recording and MMS. If you don't think that's worth waiting in line for then fine. You're perfectly entitled to state your opinion but it gets a bit tiring for the rest of us sometimes.
post #50 of 79
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Originally Posted by daniel84 View Post

I don't post all that much here but I certainly do read all your posts and you sound like a miserable git. You always seem to be putting people down.

You say you waited in line for Jaguar which is not at all like waiting in line for iPhone 3GS (because it's 3rd gen). Well let's see... If remember correctly we had OS X 10.0 then 10.1 then Jaguar. Doesn't that qualify as third generation? Oh but no, that's not what you meant... You're saying that Jaguar was revolutionary because it was the first version of OS X to "complete" the OS and bring many requested/basic features that were missing from the two previous versions, right?

Well, I would argue that iPhone OS 3.0 is also bringing many requested/basic features to the OS such as video recording and MMS. If you don't think that's worth waiting in line for then fine. You're perfectly entitled to state your opinion but it gets a bit tiring for the rest of us sometimes.

What he said.
post #51 of 79
Returned to the Apple store this afternoon and there was no one in the reserved line. I was taken in within a minute and started the process of transferring my two phones. Have to say I love them. 32GB and video recording really got me, but now I love the new maps, voice control, speed. One sweet upgrade (from 2G)

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Originally Posted by pkstreet View Post

I waited over an hour and a half outside my local Apple store and couldn't pick up my two reserved phones. At the rate they were moving, it would have taken 3-4 hours. It was activation issues I think that slowed them down. Glad you had a different experience. I'll try again later. For me it was a disappointment compared to 2007 launch.
post #52 of 79
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Originally Posted by pkstreet View Post

Returned to the Apple store this afternoon and there was no one in the reserved line. I was taken in within a minute and started the process of transferring my two phones. Have to say I love them. 32GB and video recording really got me, but now I love the new maps, voice control, speed. One sweet upgrade (from 2G)

Good to hear! Upgrading from 2G here too has been a pleasant experience.
post #53 of 79
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Originally Posted by bloggerblog View Post

I just bought my 16GB iPhone 3GS from the Apple store for $400!!
I have a few words for AT&T...

SCREW YA! CAN'T WAIT TO DITCH YA!

You sure showed them!
post #54 of 79
I waited in line for nearly an hour this evening to get in the Salt Lake City Apple store, by the time I did get inside, they were sold out of the 32GB Black iPhones. (I'd called 30 minutes before and they still had them in stock then.) Couldn't they have come out and told us which models they were sold out of so we didn't waste any more time in line???
post #55 of 79
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Who would have thought that, three years in, another iPhone model launch would draw lines and media?

With all due respect, the original iPhone was released in June of 2007. So, we aren't "three years in"; we're two years in. The first launch was "year zero," the 3G was launched a year later, and today is two years later. There have been three iphone launches in the space of two years -- not three years.
post #56 of 79
UPS dropped off my 32 GB iPhone 3G s at 9:28 a.m. yesterday and I activated it at 9:37 a.m. (EST). No problems, snags or interruptions. Had to set up my voice mail and I was good to go.
post #57 of 79
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

I think a more appropriate word is pathetic.

Wait til they start whining about each and every flaw- "the plastic cracks!", "the screen is too slippery!", "it's too hot!", "video drains my battery!", "my bill is too high!", etc.

I'm sure we'll have a thread for each and every whine too.

I agree with the previous commenter, people wait in line for concert , movie (see Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter fans) and Broadway tickets, and for a Wii or PS3, so what's the difference? A lot of people have their "thing," and sometimes waiting in line is part of the fun / experience. I feel sorry for people who've NEVER waited in line for any ticket/item in their life, you have no passion and in a way that makes folks of your ilk pathetic.

I've been waiting 2 years for Apple to release this (32gb/video, enhanced) iPhone and waited in line for all of 15-20 minutes, so for me it was worth it. Better than the 6-8 hours I waited as a teen in the 80's for concert tickets only to have them sell out before I got to the window and had to buy from a scalper.

This is a great phone / device, no other phone works or has all these options and so well done. That's why all makers are rushing to compete instead of sticking with their legacy phones.
post #58 of 79
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Originally Posted by daniel84 View Post

I don't post all that much here but I certainly do read all your posts and you sound like a miserable git. You always seem to be putting people down.

You say you waited in line for Jaguar which is not at all like waiting in line for iPhone 3GS (because it's 3rd gen). Well let's see... If remember correctly we had OS X 10.0 then 10.1 then Jaguar. Doesn't that qualify as third generation? Oh but no, that's not what you meant... You're saying that Jaguar was revolutionary because it was the first version of OS X to "complete" the OS and bring many requested/basic features that were missing from the two previous versions, right?

Well, I would argue that iPhone OS 3.0 is also bringing many requested/basic features to the OS such as video recording and MMS. If you don't think that's worth waiting in line for then fine. You're perfectly entitled to state your opinion but it gets a bit tiring for the rest of us sometimes.

1.) It was the first generation of the OS to be officially released commercially- which is a hell of a lot more important than a 3 gen phone device. So you are mistaken.
2.( So why did you read it and obviously feel the need to respond regardless even though your response is inaccurate.
post #59 of 79
I went to Lakeside Shopping Center near New Orleans last night around 8:15 to buy my reserved 32G Black iPhone 3G S. I was in and out in less than 10 minutes with an activated phone that functioned just fine. The big crowd was in the morning. They told me they sold about 600 phones yesterday but NO line at all when I arrived.
post #60 of 79
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

I think a more appropriate word is pathetic.

Wait til they start whining about each and every flaw- "the plastic cracks!", "

I .

Very good dude. You nailed it on the head. Over at palm pre central. THE topics are about plastic that cracked . Good call. dude. lol

peace dude

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post #61 of 79
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Originally Posted by chronster View Post

ROFL! DUDE! I couldn't care less if I tried! I think its one of the funniest things ever to see a group of morons camping in the rain for this thing.

The iPhone most definitely is NOT like a concert ticket. You see, in a concert, there is a limited number of seats. A concert can be sold out. You think Apple's gonna stop making the 3gs? Is it a collector's item of some kind? Bad comparison here. I remember when I wanted to see Dave Mathews band back when I was in the 11th grade, they sold out within half an hour!

Look, I'm all for being a wild geek about something, and needing to have it right away, but this isn't practical at all. What's worse is eventually a couple of morons will get into an argument here over the iphone being "the best" and one of those morons will point to the lines formed for it and make a comment how lines didn't form for any other phone. There didn't need to be lines in the first place lol.

So in conclusion, I feel so much better after making fun of people because I wish I had a 3gs

So Dave Mathews is all of a sudden going to stop playing music and having concerts? It's no different at all. Plus, in the past if you missed opening day you'd sometimes have to wait weeks to get the phone. Again it's just fun for some people and doesn't affect you one bit. I for one waited about 30 minutes and got mine. If you want to be a douchebag to others then I guess it's just who you are. teckstud's already shown he is many times over!
post #62 of 79
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

1.) It was the first generation of the OS to be officially released commercially- which is a hell of a lot more important than a 3 gen phone device. So you are mistaken.
2.( So why did you read it and obviously feel the need to respond regardless even though your response is inaccurate.



1. I bought an iBook in 2001 that shipped with 10.1. Given that I paid for that computer, I consider the OS that came with it to be a commercial release. And either way, Jaguar wouldn't have been what it was if it hadn't been for the two prior releases, commercial or not. My "inaccuracy", therefore, is simply a difference of opinion/perspective.

2. I read and responded to your post because I am member and regular visitor of this forum.

3. I apologise for calling you a miserable git. I just wanted to point out that I feel you spend a lot of your time putting people down, which isn't very pleasant for the rest of us. It was meant to be more of an observation than a judgement, hence my apology.
post #63 of 79
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Originally Posted by bryanhauer View Post

So Dave Mathews is all of a sudden going to stop playing music and having concerts? It's no different at all. Plus, in the past if you missed opening day you'd sometimes have to wait weeks to get the phone. Again it's just fun for some people and doesn't affect you one bit. I for one waited about 30 minutes and got mine. If you want to be a douchebag to others then I guess it's just who you are. teckstud's already shown he is many times over!

Oh please. It's completely different! Missing that concert meant people had to wait up to a year or longer to see him again (unless they wanted to follow the band to their next stop.) Missing opening day for 3gs means you just go in the next day lol.

Again, I have to repeat myself since you don't read what I write: I couldn't care less if they camp out for the phone, and obviously it doesn't effect me one bit. My opinion that they are morons for doing so doesn't effect you or them one bit either. So who's being a douchebag here? Get over it pal.

You waited 30 minutes in line, and that sounds normal. Waiting 8 hours in line over night is not, especially this go around. I understood it a little better last year, but this year's online ordering made things different.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a little red button to click because someone decided to include a personal attack in their post.

I SAY GOOD DAY SIR.
post #64 of 79
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Originally Posted by mesomorphicman View Post

I agree with the previous commenter, people wait in line for concert , movie (see Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter fans) and Broadway tickets, and for a Wii or PS3, so what's the difference? A lot of people have their "thing," and sometimes waiting in line is part of the fun / experience. I feel sorry for people who've NEVER waited in line for any ticket/item in their life, you have no passion and in a way that makes folks of your ilk pathetic.

I've been waiting 2 years for Apple to release this (32gb/video, enhanced) iPhone and waited in line for all of 15-20 minutes, so for me it was worth it. Better than the 6-8 hours I waited as a teen in the 80's for concert tickets only to have them sell out before I got to the window and had to buy from a scalper.

This is a great phone / device, no other phone works or has all these options and so well done. That's why all makers are rushing to compete instead of sticking with their legacy phones.

ya, you waited in like 15-20 minutes. That makes sense. Waiting in line over night in the rain doesn't.

Think of it this way: At the front of the line you've got a couple of tools who started camping out at 11pm the night before. The next morning when the store opens, there's 40 people in line, and the whole process of getting everyone in that line in and out with a phone takes about an hour at most. So what was the point of wasting an entire night camping just to be in the front? Those are the people I'm calling moronic. Not people who simply waited in line for the phone. Last year, the lines with people waiting over night all seemed like a party. This year, from every single picture and video I've seen, it all just seemed like bragging rights.

Whatever. I'm done discussing it. I've gotta get going anyways. Lego is releasing a Highlander series tomorrow morning, and I have to get out to Toys R Us and setup my chair and grill before it's too late.
post #65 of 79
I'm tired of dealing with this crap. People, we need to stop on the name calling and other forms of disrespect for other forum members. This goes for everyone, not a certain party that you may want to blame.

Remember, someone having a different opinion from yours does not make them stupid. I'm sure most of us are dealing with extra stress from real life, but still, don't take it out on other people.

Stop harping on your points, and it would be nice if people refrained from "piling on" people with less popular opinions. Being "right" isn't a right to abuse those that aren't of the same mindset or opinion.

The uncivil atmosphere is starting to drive some people away, and I don't think it's necessarily the people you want to drive away. Reciprocity begets reciprocity, all it does is create a hostile atmosphere and a vicious cycle. If your first instinct is to blame someone else first, that's probably the wrong answer.
post #66 of 79
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Originally Posted by mesomorphicman View Post

I agree with the previous commenter, people wait in line for concert , movie (see Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter fans) and Broadway tickets, and for a Wii or PS3, so what's the difference? A lot of people have their "thing," and sometimes waiting in line is part of the fun / experience. I feel sorry for people who've NEVER waited in line for any ticket/item in their life, you have no passion and in a way that makes folks of your ilk pathetic.

That's one way of looking at it. I think it's bad to look down on people that don't see the way you do.

Me, I feel like I'm being made out to be a chump to wait in line, I usually avoid it. Especially not for luxury items that are nifty but don't make the owner a better person.
post #67 of 79
Contrary to assertions of those who dismissed Apple store lines as a one day phenomenon, I had to stand in line for about 45 minutes with 10-15 others this evening at the Apple store in Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD. This being day 2 of the release of this latest iteration, I was not expecting a line after preordering it online for in store pick up. However it went really smooth as we started talking iphones among our selves while waiting. Processing and activation went without a hitch. I was replacing an exiting ATT phone like many others in line and the number was ported right away. Ironically the Apple associate selling me the phone was using one of those hand held powerPC terminals. Can't they figure out how to sell iphones using iphones ?
post #68 of 79
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Originally Posted by daniel84 View Post

I don't post all that much here but I certainly do read all your posts****You always seem to be putting people down.

You say you waited in line for Jaguar which is not at all like waiting in line for iPhone 3GS (because it's 3rd gen). Well let's see... If remember correctly we had OS X 10.0 then 10.1 then Jaguar. Doesn't that qualify as third generation? Oh but no, that's not what you meant... You're saying that Jaguar was revolutionary because it was the first version of OS X to "complete" the OS and bring many requested/basic features that were missing from the two previous versions, right?

Well, I would argue that iPhone OS 3.0 is also bringing many requested/basic features to the OS such as video recording and MMS. If you don't think that's worth waiting in line for then fine. You're perfectly entitled to state your opinion but it gets a bit tiring for the rest of us sometimes.

Enough! People can say what they think, and you can disagree. You can even tell they don't know what they're talking about, but quit the name calling.
post #69 of 79
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Originally Posted by bryanhauer View Post

So Dave Mathews is all of a sudden going to stop playing music and having concerts? It's no different at all. Plus, in the past if you missed opening day you'd sometimes have to wait weeks to get the phone. Again it's just fun for some people and doesn't affect you one bit. I for one waited about 30 minutes and got mine.***

Hey guys! This is a phone. Stop crawling out of the woodpile here.
post #70 of 79
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Originally Posted by chronster View Post

ya, you waited in like 15-20 minutes. That makes sense. Waiting in line over night in the rain doesn't.

Think of it this way: At the front of the line you've got a couple of tools who started camping out at 11pm the night before. The next morning when the store opens, there's 40 people in line, and the whole process of getting everyone in that line in and out with a phone takes about an hour at most. So what was the point of wasting an entire night camping just to be in the front? Those are the people I'm calling moronic. Not people who simply waited in line for the phone. Last year, the lines with people waiting over night all seemed like a party. This year, from every single picture and video I've seen, it all just seemed like bragging rights.

Whatever. I'm done discussing it. I've gotta get going anyways. Lego is releasing a Highlander series tomorrow morning, and I have to get out to Toys R Us and setup my chair and grill before it's too late.

Hey my friend to each his own . Don't put down good people for no reason except your lack of knowledge about how much fun it is or can be to wait in line. I have done it over 300 times for rock and roll shows. I did it back in 1972 dude. back then no one did it . But i got first row .

let it go you look silly .

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post #71 of 79
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Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post

I'm tired of dealing with this crap. People, we need to stop on the name calling and other forms of disrespect for other forum members. This goes for everyone, not a certain party that you may want to blame.

Remember, someone having a different opinion from yours does not make them stupid. I'm sure most of us are dealing with extra stress from real life, but still, don't take it out on other people.

Stop harping on your points, and it would be nice if people refrained from "piling on" people with less popular opinions. Being "right" isn't a right to abuse those that aren't of the same mindset or opinion.

The uncivil atmosphere is starting to drive some people away, and I don't think it's necessarily the people you want to drive away. Reciprocity begets reciprocity, all it does is create a hostile atmosphere and a vicious cycle. If your first instinct is to blame someone else first, that's probably the wrong answer.

Ya know on the old pink floyd forums we had a one strike deal going.
If some one flamed or called names that post would get deleted.
Next time all that person or persons posts would get deleted. All of them .
on and on

This name calling and putting people down suck . And topic after topic gets hijacked so when a really good post comes along we miss it .

Any way thank you for having Me
its a great place here.

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post #72 of 79
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

iPhone Frenzy: Part III
Who would have thought that, three years in, another iPhone model launch would draw lines and media?

SInce it hasn't even been two years yet, guess we'll have to wait and see what happens next June (three years after initial iPhone launch).
post #73 of 79
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Originally Posted by brucep View Post

Hey my friend to each his own . Don't put down good people for no reason except your lack of knowledge about how much fun it is or can be to wait in line. I have done it over 300 times for rock and roll shows. I did it back in 1972 dude. back then no one did it . But i got first row .

let it go you look silly .

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I think my comments are being misconstrued here... I don't think waiting in line for something is bad at all. I mentioned the Dave Mathews band selling out in 30 minutes as an example where waiting in line for hours paid off. What I do think is bad (or dumb to say the least) is waiting in line for 8 hours over night, in the rain, all while people who come up to the line 10 minutes before opening get the same phone, just 20 minutes later than the person camping out.

I'm not just ignorantly bashing anyone who's ever stood in a line for something they love. I'm pointing out the obvious here: Camping out overnight for the 3gs wasn't needed. Last year I understood it, especially since the weather was nice and it was like one big party. This year it was for bragging rights lol
post #74 of 79
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I think my comments are being misconstrued here... I don't think waiting in line for something is bad at all. I mentioned the Dave Mathews band selling out in 30 minutes as an example where waiting in line for hours paid off. What I do think is bad (or dumb to say the least) is waiting in line for 8 hours over night, in the rain, all while people who come up to the line 10 minutes before opening get the same phone, just 20 minutes later than the person camping out.

I'm not just ignorantly bashing anyone who's ever stood in a line for something they love. I'm pointing out the obvious here: Camping out overnight for the 3gs wasn't needed. Last year I understood it, especially since the weather was nice and it was like one big party. This year it was for bragging rights lol

There's this odd thing about being first for bragging rights. Look at what happens in threads, though we haven't seen it here for a while, where people post "first!", even though they have nothing to say.

Insane!

It's also so that they can go around showing off their new purchase before anyone else gets the chance to do so, thus proving their wonderful taste and superiority.
post #75 of 79
Anyone who wants to wait in line through bad weather AND a day early....more power to them

But I couldn't and wouldn't do that for anything.....anything
post #76 of 79
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Originally Posted by MacAloy View Post

Anyone who wants to wait in line through bad weather AND a day early....more power to them

But I couldn't and wouldn't do that for anything.....anything

Oh, I'm sure we could find something.
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Originally Posted by melgross View Post

Oh, I'm sure we could find something.

Alright, if my sister was dying and she needed a certain body part that was for sale and I needed to wait in a line...........yes, then
post #78 of 79
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Alright, if my sister was dying and she needed a certain body part that was for sale and I needed to wait in a line...........yes, then

There you go!
post #79 of 79
I am so happy that I now have the 3GS, I canceled my horrible G1 subscription with T-Moble (horrid service), and got my 3GS at the Apple store on 5th Ave in Manhattan. It took me more then 20 minutes though more like 1 hour and 30 minutes but it was more then well worth it. At&t service blows TMobile 3G out the water easily, and the Iphone is just insane great so pleased with it.
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