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katie ta achoo
Jun 29, 2007, 10:53 PM
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June 29: iPhone Night.

This morning, I had to get to work at 11 am. I work at a toy store and although a somewhat steady stream of customers came in, it felt like an eternity before my coworker arrived to cover for me. She walked in the door at 3:45 and I bolted! I was out of my Learning Express apron, had my purse in hand and in the car by 3:46.

I wanted to wear something other than my work uniform to the launch, so I changed in the car; not an easy feat if you're 5'8" and drive a Hyundai Accent. I got changed and had to high-tail it to the bank to pull out money with which to buy the phone. I popped out of my car, ran into the WaMu, and left with an obscene amount of cash. I'd never been so nervous in my life. (I'm always convinced I'll get mugged by everyone.)

I jump in the car, find my way to Westheimer and cursing everyone who was doing the speed limit along the way. I get to the parking garage at about 4 pm. I ran to the Apple Store through the crowded mall. A few people hypothesized why I was running with such haste: "Nerd must want that Apple Phone!"

Read More (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2007/06/29/iphone-night-katies-experience/)



FCA
Jun 29, 2007, 11:07 PM
cool story! I just ordered my iPhone from the online store...yeah 2-4 weeks. Can you post a picture to see how's the interface of the camera application in the iPhone? also, what sections does the settings pane has? Thanks for the reviews, lucky girl!
-FCA

j/k/Andy
Jun 29, 2007, 11:08 PM
What's your number?

but seriously, was it worth the trouble today or would picking one up this weekend at your leisure been more civilized?

really, what's your number

steve jr.
Jun 29, 2007, 11:10 PM
It sounds like you had an amazing experience! I went to my local AT&T store at 4:30 and was 26th in line. But the odd part is I didn't buy one. I am going to wait about a year so I can save some $, that and my mom and I are in a family plan with a year to go, and I want my own plan. But being the only person out of 30 to "camp" and not buy one got me in June 30th's paper!

Anyhow, what do you think of the touch screen? I know when I was trying the demo at the store, some letters that were really close to the edge didn't really seem to work unless you were almost to the exact center.

Peace
Jun 29, 2007, 11:10 PM
I wanna know if Katie got it Activated yet.Seems AT&T is having a huge problem with this.

j/k/Andy
Jun 29, 2007, 11:15 PM
But being the only person out of 30 to "camp" and not buy one got me in June 30th's paper!

Man bites iPhone

amphibious
Jun 29, 2007, 11:27 PM
Am I the only person interested in what the back of the iPhone looks like?

Also, I haven't seen any discussions of the iPhone's battery... if it's easily replaceable (like the vast majority of cell phones) or built-in and hard/expensive to replace (like iPods).

TheAnswer
Jun 29, 2007, 11:37 PM
Yeah...the activation process seems to be a sticking point for some Katie, so I'd love to hear your experience with that...and of course a report of actual usage as a phone: voice quality, etc. :cool:

dsnort
Jun 29, 2007, 11:42 PM
Katie was a great choice for this blog.

Even if I know she chosen mainly because in any pics the iPhone would look great in the hands of a professional hand model! :p

CoolSpot
Jun 29, 2007, 11:42 PM
If you are working at a toy store, there are probably better ways to use your money than on a $500 cellphone.

steve jr.
Jun 29, 2007, 11:43 PM
I know when I called my house's landline from the phone, the quality was really clear, but it wasn't very loud with volume all the way up, even in the store with 4 customers at a time and 8 employees. Maybe my ear was misaligned?

ShiggyMiyamoto
Jun 29, 2007, 11:45 PM
Great story! Let me ask though, why didn't you just use debit? I too would feel nervous with $700 on me in the form of cash. lol. Also, why did you buy one? I thought MR supplied you with one, unless they're paying you back as long as you blog about it. :confused:

I didn't get one today due to low funds. But, I interviewed and got a job today, so in the next few months one of these babies is gonna be mine. I'd like an MBP first, so I have a good machine to manipulate the iPhone with. Just out of curiosity, does the iPhone work with USB 1.1 should I decide to get it before my MBP? That's what my iBook G3/600 MHz sports.

If you are working at a toy store, there are probably better ways to use your money than on a $500 cellphone.

This is going to sound obnoxious so sorry in advance, but had you have read her blog post there you'd have learned that she got the 8 GB model, which is $600. It's closer to $700 with tax. The iPhone is also more than a cell phone. Visit http://apple.com/iphone to learn more. Also, she's an Apple geek as I am. Also, what does her working at a toy store have anything to do with how she spends her money?

TheAnswer
Jun 29, 2007, 11:46 PM
If you are working at a toy store, there are is probably no better ways to use your Arn's money than on a $500 $600 cellphone.

There, fixed that up for you. :D :D

ShiggyMiyamoto
Jun 29, 2007, 11:53 PM
If you are working at a toy store, there are probably better ways to use your money than on a $500 cellphone.

There, fixed that up for you. :D :D

LOL... Nice job TA... hahahaha

digitgirl
Jun 29, 2007, 11:53 PM
Katie your not a nerd your a Geek Diva just like me ;)

Gaspar
Jun 29, 2007, 11:55 PM
If you are working at a toy store, there are probably better ways to use your money than on a $500 cellphone.
And goodness knows how she spends her money is every bit your business.

Bahwinkle
Jun 30, 2007, 12:01 AM
About the photos. I expected attractive or unique packaging, but the bag the iPhone box was put into for carrying out of the store was a beautiul surprise. Usually the Apple Store bags are stark white with the silver apple logo and a drawstring. The black paper bag with the iPhone pictured on it was brilliant marketing. People leaving with a phone were walking advertisements. I marvel. Kudos Apple!

Clix Pix
Jun 30, 2007, 12:11 AM
Way to go, KT! :)

I had no problems with activating my iPhone; fired up iTunes, plugged the new iPhone into the USB port on my Mac and the process began. I had my cell phone number ready and my account number ready to port over from Sprint and everything went just fine. The folks at AT&T scrutinized my address, credit-worthiness and whatever else and passed me with flying colors. I made my first call with my new iPhone shortly thereafter and then not long after that had final confirmation on the iPhone that all was good to go....

The iPhone is gorgeous. The functionality is gorgeous. The very bag they handed me is gorgeous. I LOVE my iPhone and I love the whole experience surrounding it!

Mr. Anderson
Jun 30, 2007, 12:15 AM
If you are working at a toy store, there are probably better ways to use your money than on a $500 cellphone.

And for all those commenting on the money - read her first story (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=321850)....

and I quote: MacRumors has graciously agreed to provide the iPhone and service for me in exchange for blogging about it.

Get over it and move along...

Back on topic - nice little adventure you had there at the cash line - sort of like the Visa Check Card commercial. :D

So who was the first person you called?

D

xsedrinam
Jun 30, 2007, 12:15 AM
Nice hands in the $ exchange pic. ;) Good job, KT. I also echo the questions regarding activation and if that went easily enough for you? Also, it'll be interesting reading your first posts in here directly from your iPhone.

ShiggyMiyamoto
Jun 30, 2007, 12:16 AM
Way to go, KT! :)

I had no problems with activating my iPhone; fired up iTunes, plugged the new iPhone into the USB port on my Mac and the process began. I had my cell phone number ready and my account number ready to port over from Sprint and everything went just fine. The folks at AT&T scrutinized my address, credit-worthiness and whatever else and passed me with flying colors. I made my first call with my new iPhone shortly thereafter and then not long after that had final confirmation on the iPhone that all was good to go....

The iPhone is gorgeous. The functionality is gorgeous. The very bag they handed me is gorgeous. I LOVE my iPhone and I love the whole experience surrounding it!

Awesome. Question that's sorta OT: Why do you have two MacBook Pros? If that was me, though I'd enjoy them both, that'd be a bit much and I'd sell one. Prolly the 17".

I have a question that's very much on topic. People have only posted about how they've SWITCHED To ATT. What about people that want to either take a line they already have on a family plan and make it an individual line, or if someone wants to start their own plan without any existing plan? I'm on ATT already. I hope that makes sense.

CoolSpot
Jun 30, 2007, 12:43 AM
And for all those commenting on the money - read her first story (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=321850)....

and I quote:

Get over it and move along...

Back on topic - nice little adventure you had there at the cash line - sort of like the Visa Check Card commercial. :D

So who was the first person you called?

D

Of course if you read the story, she talks about going to the bank and withdrawing a lot of money and being worried about getting mugged. Its no biggy to me, people are gonna spend their money how they see fit.

psingh01
Jun 30, 2007, 01:05 AM
Am I the only person interested in what the back of the iPhone looks like?

Also, I haven't seen any discussions of the iPhone's battery... if it's easily replaceable (like the vast majority of cell phones) or built-in and hard/expensive to replace (like iPods).

the back has the brushed aluminum look. doesn't look like it is easily scratched or very reflective like ipod chrome backs seem to be.

underwater
Jun 30, 2007, 01:12 AM
The back of the phone is plastic.

the back has the brushed aluminum look. doesn't look like it is easily scratched or very reflective like ipod chrome backs seem to be.

ShiggyMiyamoto
Jun 30, 2007, 01:13 AM
Also, I haven't seen any discussions of the iPhone's battery... if it's easily replaceable (like the vast majority of cell phones) or built-in and hard/expensive to replace (like iPods).

iFixit has a photostream (lack of a better word) up at http://stream.ifixit.com. The battery is soldered onto the logic board. I'd think if a new battery is needed they'd give you a brand new iPhone, and presumeably they'd transfer all your data to the new one. That's just a guess though.

katie ta achoo
Jun 30, 2007, 02:10 AM
Great story! Let me ask though, why didn't you just use debit? I too would feel nervous with $700 on me in the form of cash. lol. Also, why did you buy one? I thought MR supplied you with one, unless they're paying you back as long as you blog about it. :confused:
I don't have a debit card, as I don't have a checking account.
My system works for how I usually purchase things. It's not every day I drop almost $800 in one sitting. :)

And MR supplied me with one by way of sending me money to go buy it. Buying the phone in the store is part of the experience, right? :D

ShiggyMiyamoto
Jun 30, 2007, 02:38 AM
Going back on topic, I waited online for 4 hours just so I could PLAY with an iPhone. I'm in no position to get one right now, as I've mentioned earlier. It's awesome. I can't wait to get one, but I may get a rev b. since I'd like a MacBook Pro first.

dcv
Jun 30, 2007, 03:05 AM
The black paper bag with the iPhone pictured on it was brilliant marketing. People leaving with a phone were walking advertisements targets

There, fixed that for you :p

loudestnoise
Jun 30, 2007, 04:14 AM
Im glad you got an iPhone but you should have come to Memorial. The real party was there :)

stephenc92
Jun 30, 2007, 04:41 AM
Am I the only person interested in what the back of the iPhone looks like?

Also, I haven't seen any discussions of the iPhone's battery... if it's easily replaceable (like the vast majority of cell phones) or built-in and hard/expensive to replace (like iPods).

I don't like the back of the iPhone. Although it would get smudged, i think the mirror finish of the iPod Video would look better on it.

genetechnics
Jun 30, 2007, 09:10 AM
Hi Katie,

I like your photo of iPhone near to Motorola L6. It shows how PDA phones and cell phones differ. My dream - iPhone with a MotoRAZR2 design.

Michael

kit-4t
Jun 30, 2007, 09:33 AM
Hi Katie

Great thread, it's been awesome following all the hysteria from over here in the UK, I've gotta wait until later on in the year for my iPhone - at least i've got my Wii to console(?) myself for the time being. Keep writing, I'll keep reading.:)

Clix Pix
Jun 30, 2007, 09:34 AM
Awesome. Question that's sorta OT: Why do you have two MacBook Pros? If that was me, though I'd enjoy them both, that'd be a bit much and I'd sell one. Prolly the 17".

I have a question that's very much on topic. People have only posted about how they've SWITCHED To ATT. What about people that want to either take a line they already have on a family plan and make it an individual line, or if someone wants to start their own plan without any existing plan? I'm on ATT already. I hope that makes sense.

Why do I have two MBPs? Because I am an Apple gearhead!! LOL! One is the 15" CD (my first intel-based Mac) and the other is the 17" C2D. The 15" goes out and about with me most of the time, while right now the 17" is hooked up to a 23" ACD and serves as my "everyday" Mac. The Mac Pro is my "digital darkroom" and I try to reserve that for all of my photographic projects.

In answer to your second question, on the screen where you're setting up activation there is a place to indicate that you are a current AT&T customer and that you want to either switch your existing account to an iPhone or to add an iPhone without changing your existing account (porting numbers). Since I was switching from Sprint I clicked the appropriate radio button and moved on....

p0intblank
Jun 30, 2007, 10:17 AM
Good job, Katie! I'm glad you had a good time. I also waited in line yesterday and had a great time! :D

Bahwinkle
Jun 30, 2007, 12:42 PM
There, fixed that for you :p


Dear person: You have chilled an otherwise cool event (which, though it sounds redundant, isn't).

Ideally mall security would keep buyers safe for a while as they toted their bags to the car. I'm sure mall security was heightened across the nation. At least it was at Houston malls.

manu chao
Jun 30, 2007, 03:32 PM
Great story! Let me ask though, why didn't you just use debit? I too would feel nervous with $700 on me in the form of cash. lol.

Americans seem to have an aversion/anxiety when it comes to cash. From all the people I have met in my live, I have never heard a story about a personal encounter of mugging (in Europe at least, one of my friends was once mugged in Peru). I know one story about a pick-pocket and one about a break-in into a car.

Really, your chances of being mugged on any given day are probably lower than winning the lottery.

Epimetheus10000
Jun 30, 2007, 04:33 PM
gosh how do you get so lucky? i really want one but im trapped in a deal with verizon. guess ill get the second version. you saw me there by the way (afro kid from PVA). just getting to hold one and play with it was quite an experience. hope you enjoy it!

katie ta achoo
Jun 30, 2007, 05:28 PM
gosh how do you get so lucky? i really want one but im trapped in a deal with verizon. guess ill get the second version. you saw me there by the way (afro kid from PVA). just getting to hold one and play with it was quite an experience. hope you enjoy it!

Cullen!!

You were in line but didn't buy one? Were you just there with your friend who was buying one?

velocityg4
Jun 30, 2007, 07:38 PM
iFixit has a photostream (lack of a better word) up at http://stream.ifixit.com. The battery is soldered onto the logic board. I'd think if a new battery is needed they'd give you a brand new iPhone, and presumeably they'd transfer all your data to the new one. That's just a guess though.

That's ridiculous that Apple did that though not surprising. What do you do when your battery dies and charging is not an immediate option? I keep a spare battery for my cellphone because I need it sometimes.

Oh well I won't be in the iPhone market for a long time anyways, as I only talk on my current phone and have never used any other feature except its alarm clock. It just does not make much sense to have a non-swappable battery, since the average cell phone probably gets much more use than the average iPod causing a quicker decrease in a batteries charge capacity.

One thing I do wonder though if you have an annoying caller that keeps calling you, can you write an Applescript to automatically answer and hang up the call, maybe give the caller a fax machine sound?

Enjoy the iPhone I'm sure it will be fun to use:)

technicolor
Jun 30, 2007, 08:24 PM
If you are working at a toy store, there are probably better ways to use your money than on a $500 cellphone.

Even if they didnt fix up your erroneous statement. This is Macrumors iPhone boards not iFinancial. Nobody asked for your advice on how to spend their money.

arn
Jun 30, 2007, 08:38 PM
Even if they didnt fix up your erroneous statement. This is Macrumors iPhone boards not iFinancial. Nobody asked for your advice on how to spend their money.

I think the key point that he missed is that the iPhone was payed in full by MacRumors.com

arn

coffey7
Jun 30, 2007, 08:51 PM
Honey have you ever heard of a debt card. Cash is so 1990's. You can get a debt card with a savings account.

nagromme
Jul 1, 2007, 10:03 AM
The back of the phone is plastic.

No, the back is anodized aluminum, same as all the aluminum Macs. (Not "brushed" in other words--that's an affect Apple has never used.) And like my PowerBook, is very scratch-resistant. Only the antenna portion at the bottom (black) is plastic.

Deltan
Jul 1, 2007, 12:22 PM
.. or does clicking "read more" on the blog article not give you any additional story? :confused:

stillwater
Jul 1, 2007, 04:06 PM
.. or does clicking "read more" on the blog article not give you any additional story? :confused:

I'm having the same problem. Where's the rest of the story?

sananda
Jul 1, 2007, 07:18 PM
Americans seem to have an aversion/anxiety when it comes to cash. From all the people I have met in my live, I have never heard a story about a personal encounter of mugging (in Europe at least, one of my friends was once mugged in Peru). I know one story about a pick-pocket and one about a break-in into a car.

Really, your chances of being mugged on any given day are probably lower than winning the lottery.


it's pretty easy to get mugged here. but then i do live in a part of london which is usually on fire.

Yankees 4 Life
Jul 2, 2007, 11:11 AM
No, the back is anodized aluminum, same as all the aluminum Macs. (Not "brushed" in other words--that's an affect Apple has never used.) And like my PowerBook, is very scratch-resistant. Only the antenna portion at the bottom (black) is plastic.

i agree this thing is very scratch resistant. However, i still bought an incase case for the iphone.. best purchase ive made so far :)

wizzerandchips
Jul 3, 2007, 01:33 AM
I think the key point that he missed is that the iPhone was payed in full by MacRumors.com

arn

so who pays for MR.com.

GenericNick
Jul 3, 2007, 06:19 PM
Just out of curiosity, does the iPhone work with USB 1.1 should I decide to get it before my MBP? That's what my iBook G3/600 MHz sports.


USB 2.0 is officially required for the iPhone. I got the iPhone to work with Windows over USB 1.1 but not Mac (iMac 800Mhz OSX). And yes, I'm a little irked about it.

BKKbill
Jul 4, 2007, 06:54 AM
it's pretty easy to get mugged here. but then i do live in a part of london which is usually on fire.

Just love it. Guess I had better say iphone just to stay on topic. iPhone :)

firsttube
Jul 4, 2007, 08:37 AM
USB 2.0 is officially required for the iPhone. I got the iPhone to work with Windows over USB 1.1 but not Mac (iMac 800Mhz OSX). And yes, I'm a little irked about it.

A far cry from the mac-only, firewire-only iPod 1st and 2nd gen eh? Here's to critical mass! :rolleyes: Although, iPhone probably wouldn't exist had Apple not eventually made iPod work with windows.

Thanks for the blog, Katie!

firsttube
Jul 4, 2007, 09:33 AM
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