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It's Official: iPhone 3G at 8 a.m. July 11th


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#1 of 33 Michael_K_Sr

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Posted July 01 2008 - 03:51 AM

Thank god...I have a 6 a.m. flight on the 12th and wasn't relishing the thought of having to pick one up at the circus the night before.

#2 of 33 Sam Posten

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Posted July 02 2008 - 03:51 AM

I think last year's smooth run is going to make the insanity of this year's forced contract setup debacle even more ridiculous. I'll probably check out 2.0 on my iTouch on the 11th and wait till saturday to get the 3G.

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#3 of 33 ErichH

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Posted July 02 2008 - 08:03 AM

iReady? WTF, how bout iOrwell

Velcom to A T unt T

Papers Please!
Your papers don't appear to be in order!

We vil not Giv de iphone unless you're papers are in order...

next!

#4 of 33 Craig S

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Posted July 02 2008 - 08:04 AM

Given the more expensive 3G contract, I'm going to stick with my current iPhone for awhile - at least until there's a 32GB phone. The 2.0 firmware and AppStore are going to make the 1st gen iPhone seem like a whole new device anyway.

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#5 of 33 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 03 2008 - 03:07 AM

Stupid me. Already took a day off from work and plan to get
on line at 5am for this friggin' phone.

Not taking the chance they will sell out the first day.

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Posted July 03 2008 - 08:45 AM

WHAT???? You were the biggest naysayer, what changed??? =)

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#7 of 33 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 03 2008 - 09:31 AM

Naysayer?

Only in the respect that I felt that this phone had very
little new to offer current owners other than 3G.

I just hate EDGE. I also don't want to wait a few days and
then hunt around for a store that has a phone in stock.

The best bet if I want this phone is to get it the day it
goes on sale.

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Posted July 03 2008 - 11:22 AM

I'm the one who's called AT&T every name in the book - evil cooperate bstrds with a Sith at the helm, etc.
I want one too. I'll spit on the pavement on the way in, but probably have fun once I'm safe in my office Posted Image

Judging from the 3G coverage maps, this is a Big city item. My north end of ATL is good, Ron's NYC is good.
If either of us travel west by more then 30 miles it drops.
The central states have a ton of dead areas.
The southern Atlantic quarter of Florida is Blue. Looks like the biggest hot spot in the country.

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Posted July 03 2008 - 12:16 PM

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Given the more expensive 3G contract, I'm going to stick with my current iPhone for awhile - at least until there's a 32GB phone. The 2.0 firmware and AppStore are going to make the 1st gen iPhone seem like a whole new device anyway.

This is definitely what I'm planning on doing (although my phone has been acting a little janky lately). I had planned on upgrading and giving my phone to my wifeif she wanted it, but the more expensive contract isn't worth it for me. I don't hate Edge like Ron so I think I can wait. I am often near wi-fi and when I'm actually not Edge does the job for me (although it did it better before the top 30 active posts was replaced by the iSpy page here on the HTF, but I've learned a little more patience Posted Image)

I am really looking forward to the 2.0 software and I'm sure I'll go check out the new phone once it is released. Which is a really dangerous thing to do...
I was going to be patient with the first one-- just wanted to look and see it in person. Guess how that turned out.

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Posted July 03 2008 - 01:12 PM

I will be at the AT&T store at 7:30 Friday morning. But I work there. So while you guys get to leave with your new phones I'll be stuck working an open to close. What really stinks is I don't get to buy one for at least a month because we are blacked out on purchasing one. Posted Image
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#11 of 33 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 03 2008 - 09:20 PM

Jonathan,

What was it like the last time the iPhone went on sale at
your store? How quickly did you sell out and how many days
till you got new stock in?

Just wondering if standing on line early will be my best bet or not.

Also, there seems to be conspiracy theories that APPLE will not
release larger gig iPhones because they don't want to take away
from sales of their iPods.

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Posted July 04 2008 - 01:13 AM

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Jonathan,

What was it like the last time the iPhone went on sale at
your store? How quickly did you sell out and how many days
till you got new stock in?

Just wondering if standing on line early will be my best bet or not.

Also, there seems to be conspiracy theories that APPLE will not
release larger gig iPhones because they don't want to take away
from sales of their iPods.

If it's like last year we will run out before noon. I would recommend going to an Apple store because they got 10 times as many phones as we did last year. If we do sell out we should get replenished within a day or two.
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#13 of 33 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 04 2008 - 02:30 AM

Jonathan,

If I get on line at AT&T @ 4am for an 8am opening I should be fine, I think.

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#14 of 33 Jonathan

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Posted July 04 2008 - 03:11 AM

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If I get on line at AT&T @ 4am for an 8am opening I should be fine, I think.

You should be fine. I think we will sell out by noon, but I don't know how many we are getting.
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#15 of 33 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 04 2008 - 03:49 AM

One last question you may not be able to answer.

How many iPhones did you initially get last year the day
it went on sale. If you need to do a ballpark figure go ahead.

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Posted July 04 2008 - 07:00 AM

I seriously recommend getting your iPhones at the Apple store over the AT&T store based on last years results...

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Posted July 04 2008 - 07:09 AM

Why? I bough mine at the AT&T store last year with no problems.

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#18 of 33 Joseph Bolus

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Posted July 04 2008 - 07:55 AM

I live in Birmingham where 3G service is spotty at best.

Since I have WiFi access just about everywhere that I go and the current "cell tower triangulation" pseudo-GPS is more than adequate for my mapping and location needs, I'll be hanging on to my current 8GB iPhone for awhile longer.

I *do* need Contact Search and better integration with Exchange Server, but that (and more) is included with the 2.0 software. There is just no compelling reason for me to upgrade to an "iPhone 3G" at this time. (Now if I could get a 32GB iPhone with a "Video Conferencing" camera and user-replaceable battery, then I'd be in line next Friday morning as well!)
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Posted July 04 2008 - 08:09 AM

Quote:
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Why? I bough mine at the AT&T store last year with no problems.

Can you even purchase them at an Apple Store this time around? It was my understanding that if you wanted the subsidized price you *had* to purchase from an AT&T store.

BTW, I've noticed that AT&T has been publishing some videos urging new AT&T customers to come in a day or two prior to Friday to see if they qualify for the subsidized prices and/or to get their credit cleared for purchase:

YouTube - AT&T: How to be iReady for iPhone 3G: Other Customers

*** EDIT ***
I just noticed they've also published a video for current iPhone owners wanting to upgrade:

YouTube - AT&T: How Current Customers can be iReady for iPhone 3G
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#20 of 33 Jonathan

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Posted July 04 2008 - 09:23 AM

Quote:
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One last question you may not be able to answer.

How many iPhones did you initially get last year the day
it went on sale. If you need to do a ballpark figure go ahead.

Less than 50. Posted Image

Hopefully we will get more this year.
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