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#1 of 35 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 15 2009 - 01:33 AM

Just received notification from Apple that my iPhone 3GS has
shipped. Even received a UPS tracking #

Now here's the kicker. I paid $16 for overnight delivery.

Not certain I will actually receive it tomorrow or not. Don't know
why Apple shipped this phone so early.

And besides, I'm out of town until late Thursday so it doesn't really
matter anyway.

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#2 of 35 OFFLINE   Melvin Surdin

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Posted June 15 2009 - 01:39 AM

Can't wait to hear about it. I love my iphone but suffer from very poor AT&T reception in my area. Wonder if the new phone is much of an improvement.

#3 of 35 OFFLINE   DavidJ

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Posted June 15 2009 - 01:53 AM

That's cool, though. Makes me wish I had just had it shipped rather than doing the in- store thing.

#4 of 35 OFFLINE   Ted Todorov

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Posted June 15 2009 - 03:47 AM

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That's cool, though. Makes me wish I had just had it shipped rather than doing the in- store thing.
Yeah, same here. Oh well. Hopefully they will have some civilized in store pick up method that separates those with reservations from the rest of the inevitable mob.
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#5 of 35 OFFLINE   DavidJ

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Posted June 15 2009 - 04:10 AM

I think they will. Will they activate the phone in store? I thought that's what they did when the 3Gs came out and I'm guessing that's the case here since they ask you to bring your SSN. This presents an added complication for me since we moved to a family talk plan a few years ago and I'm not the primary account holder.

#6 of 35 ONLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted June 15 2009 - 02:32 PM

Hahah I paid for overnight shipping too and I'm in Dallas until Thursday...

Edit: just checked email and no shipping notice.

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#7 of 35 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 16 2009 - 12:36 AM

According to the UPS tracking number it is scheduled for delivery
tomorrow, Wednesday 6/17.

Too bad I won't be home until 6/18. Fortunately someone is there
to sign for it.

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#8 of 35 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 16 2009 - 01:56 AM

Seems to be a lot of seemingly "know-it-alls" on the other
Mac sites swearing that UPS is going to hold those phone deliveries
until Friday under instruction from Apple.

Not sure whether to believe that or not.

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#9 of 35 OFFLINE   Michael_K_Sr

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Posted June 16 2009 - 07:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein
Seems to be a lot of seemingly "know-it-alls" on the other
Mac sites swearing that UPS is going to hold those phone deliveries
until Friday under instruction from Apple.

Not sure whether to believe that or not.

That's exactly what UPS has done in the past when new iPods were being released.

#10 of 35 OFFLINE   Shane D

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Posted June 16 2009 - 09:01 AM

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#11 of 35 ONLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted June 16 2009 - 11:57 AM

UPS sez mine is in alaska, arriving from China via Hong Kong, how cool is that???

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#12 of 35 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted June 16 2009 - 01:13 PM

ugh, I'll have to wait until next week to buy the new iphone.
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#13 of 35 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted June 17 2009 - 03:06 AM

I have an 11am appt. on Friday at my local Best Buy for my iPhone. I've been stockpiling BB gift cards and reward zone certs for a few months and the net cost for me should be around $50 (of $299). That's why I went with BB rather than ATT or Apple direct.

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#14 of 35 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted June 17 2009 - 03:29 AM

will you e adding their $15 warranty plan.
I think it covers ANYTHING, including accidental breakage and water damage.
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#15 of 35 OFFLINE   Michael_K_Sr

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Posted June 17 2009 - 04:02 AM

As suspected, Apple has put the brakes on delivery until Friday.

#16 of 35 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted June 17 2009 - 06:34 AM

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will you e adding their $15 warranty plan.
I think it covers ANYTHING, including accidental breakage and water damage.
Not sure. $15 a month is steep, when you factor in that for the first time I'll be paying for a data plan, so the net cost with that added will be nearly $50 a month more than I'm used to paying. I am ultra-careful about my electronics, all my iPods, Blackberry, etc. and not only have I not had any mishaps, they all look near-new even after multiple years of use. Of course now that I type this, I'm going to jinx myself.

It will be a game-time decision. If I get there and they push the plan, and really describe the benefits (i.e. that it covers basically everything including accidental drops, etc.) I might do it. I get 15% off of my plan rates due to my workplace's relationship with AT&T, so if that extends to the BB plan (which I highly doubt it will) that would ease the pain a bit and make me more likely to buy it.

But since it is a BB plan and not AT&T (hence no discount), they'll really have to do a good sell job and the plan coverage better be comprehensive and include all accidents and mishaps, not just "manufacturer defects".

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#17 of 35 OFFLINE   Michael_K_Sr

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Posted June 17 2009 - 06:40 AM

I think it's $180 for a year...meaning if you got it for two years, you'd be paying 180% of the device's original cost. Talk about highway robbery...

#18 of 35 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted June 17 2009 - 06:57 AM

Michael - I think their thinking is that it's off of the unsubsidized price. Because if I were to break it in 2 years, I wouldn't be paying $299 for a new one. I'd be paying $699 for the 32GB version. So for two years at $180, it's just a bit over half of what the device would cost me to replace.

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#19 of 35 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted June 17 2009 - 07:01 AM

Red Alert!

Something just came across the AT&T wire news
about additional discount for iPhone upgraders when
buying through AT&T. Apple customers will get a
credit as well.

My friend who works for AT&T just showed me the
press release but I am on the road and cannot
cut and paste it.

I would advise someone to research this today
once the info goes viral.

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#20 of 35 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted June 17 2009 - 07:12 AM

From Macrumors, I think this is what Ron is referring to:
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While today's big news has been the release of iPhone OS 3.0, AT&T today also announced that it is expanding the eligibility window for determining which customers are eligible for upgrade pricing on the iPhone 3G S. Customers who previously would not have become upgrade eligible until July, August or September of this year will instead qualify for AT&T's lowest upgrade pricing as of tomorrow, making them eligible to purchase the iPhone 3G S at the $199 (16 GB) or $299 (32 GB) price point at launch. Affected customers will save $200 on the purchase of a new iPhone 3G S as a result.
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Importantly, we want our customers to better understand our wireless device upgrade program. Like most U.S. carriers, we offer a variety of phones that we sell below our actual cost when customers agree to sign service agreements. In general, the more a customer spends with us, the quicker they become eligible for a price break on a new device. For example, iPhone customers who spend more than $99 a month per line with us generally are eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their contract.

We also currently offer early upgrade pricing only for iPhone 3G S and iPhone 3G.

All of that said, we've been listening to our customers. And since many of our iPhone 3G customers are early adopters and literally weeks shy of being upgrade eligible due to iPhone 3G S launching 11 months after iPhone 3G, we're extending the window of upgrade eligibility for a limited time.

We're now pleased to offer our iPhone 3G customers who are upgrade eligible in July, August or September 2009 our best upgrade pricing, beginning Thursday, June 18.

Newly-eligible customers who have already pre-ordered the iPhone 3G S at the higher prices will receive credits for the difference in price. Users can check their upgrade eligibility status by visiting AT&T's iPhone page, calling *NEW# (*639#) on their AT&T device, or visiting any AT&T store.

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