Want an iPhone? Get in Line.
Anybody else having problems with their iPhones today? IPhone owner John Carnett, who I quoted in a story for today's paper, said that trying to update to the iPhone's new 2.0 firmware has left his iPhone useless and stuck in "emergency" mode. I'm stuck without a cell phone today after experienceing a similar problem with mine.
I stopped in at Montgomery Mall Apple store this morning to take a look at the line for people waiting to get the new iPhone 3G. At around 9:30 a.m., there were still about 150 people waiting to buy the new iPhone 3G, as Apple store workers handed out free bottles of water and assured the crowd that they had an ample supply of the new phones in stock. Some new iPhone owners on their way out said they had arrived around 6:30 a.m. to get the new version of Apple's smartphone, though they said they weren't the first in line.
Down at the end of the line, by the Baby Gap, Dawn Simounet of Hyattsville said she had already waited an AT&T store in Greenbelt for almost two hours this morning before managers came out and told people that the store was out of stock and only taking orders for iPhones that would be delivered later. She decided to try her luck at the Apple store, after a quick phone call to check on the location's supply.
Simounet didn't buy the original iPhone because it was too expensive. She said she's about to move to Chicago and looks forward to using the new phone's GPS features so that she doesn't get lost in her new city.
Many of the folks in this morning's line were already iPhone users. "It's the best cell phone I've ever used," said Ron Barnett of Germantown about the original iPhone. "The only downside was the speed of the Internet access on the first one and they've fixed that with this one."
Barnett had been waiting about an hour and a half, and he and his line-waiting neighbors figured there was another hour or so of waiting to go before he got to the head of the line. Though he was planning to get to work late this morning, he hastened to point out -- in case any of his colleagues happen to read this -- that he was keeping on top of his work e-mail on his old iPhone, even as he waited. Barnett said he figures his old iPhone will get use as a back up device or as a music player around his home.
Next in line, Vick Chan of Germantown, said he got the original iPhone on the first day it launched last year, too. Chan, an IT developer, isn't going to work late today like all these other folks. "I took the day off," he said.
Anybody try the new App Store yet? I checked the new store out this morning and purchased the number-one-selling software, a game called "Super Monkey Ball." Haven't tried it out yet, alas, as my connection to the online store got very slow at one point and I ran out of time... and patience.
If anybody has any line-waiting or App Store tales to tale, please share them...
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