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boxgamex
Jun 14, 2008, 07:15 PM
Of course at Kenwood Towne Center

..how do we only have one store while Cleveland has 2?

it's a shame ars wont be there this year- http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2007/06/29/ars-in-line-for-the-iphone-in-cincinnati

nintendofreak93
Jun 14, 2008, 11:41 PM
at least you have one. i live in dayton.

gibsonlp09
Jun 15, 2008, 08:38 AM
So what time are you guys planning on getting there? It's tough to judge if there will be more people than last year (because it's cheaper) or less (because of people who won't re-buy, and it's not a totally new item).

What about an AT&T store around Cinci instead?

SheepNutz
Jun 15, 2008, 08:43 AM
I didn't camp out for the last one in Cincinnati, because by Friday, I had decided not to buy an iPhone. I was kinda bummed about it on Saturday morning, and my wife told me that she'd pay half of a 8GB for an early birthday present (score!). So Saturday morning, I called AT&T in Florence, KY (my closest store), and they were fresh out. I called Apple Store in Kenwood, guy told me that they have them. I asked how many, and he assured me that they had tons. So Saturday around noon I went to Kenwood, walked right in and paid for my iPhone. My wife and her sister were playing with a demo as I was paying for mine, and they both decided to buy iPhones right then and there.

I still haven't made up my mind on if I want to upgrade yet or not. I was really really hoping for a 32GB version, and I didn't think that the 3G and GPS would make much of a difference for me, but yesterday, driving around northern KY looking around at houses for sale, navigating maps on EDGE was a bitch, plus the cell triangulation didn't help much. Ok, maybe you will see me on the 11th.

SheepNutz
Jun 15, 2008, 08:44 AM
What about an AT&T store around Cinci instead?

If it's like the last launch, the Apple store will get at least 10x as many phones as the AT&T locations.

Mudnuts311
Jun 16, 2008, 04:39 PM
I think it's a crock of BS that CURRENT customers can't take advantage of the subsidy. I signed up in January with AT&T specifically anticipating the new iPhone this summer, as the contract with my previous carrier had lapsed.

It seems like the ONLY group of people going to be excluded from taking advantage of the offer are current subscribers that don't already own an iPhone. I have no problem with extending / re-upping my two-year contract but I'm going to feel mighty salty toward ATT if this ends up being their final decision. I wonder if it would be worth it to them to generate such animosity and negative word-of-mouth from myself and others in my situation.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled forum thread.

SheepNutz
Jul 2, 2008, 08:01 PM
Big bump for the Nati. I think I am going to upgrade, but I'll wait until Saturday morning to go demo one at the apple store.

boxgamex
Jul 2, 2008, 08:51 PM
ok, I guess the question is... if it launches at 8am at the Apple Store (which I dont see how it couldnt). How would the lining up work at the towne center. I doubt theyd let us into the mall before it opens, and there isnt really a place to wait outside. ideas?

SheepNutz
Jul 3, 2008, 05:02 PM
Some malls are open early for workers/powerwalkers, so it might be open before 8. I'm not sure.

boxgamex
Jul 3, 2008, 11:08 PM
if they dont open for mallwalkers, then there could be a tiny problem here..

Mall Hours
Monday-Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Department store & restaurant hours may vary.

SheepNutz
Jul 4, 2008, 02:00 PM
I just called the Kenwood store, and an employee told me that they haven't received any kind of information on opening early, so as far as he knows, they won't open until 10AM. He said to feel free to keep calling throughout the week to see if anything changes though.

boxgamex
Jul 4, 2008, 09:02 PM
I believe they find out the 6th what apple's plans are for that day, so hopefully itll be good news

whyamihere
Jul 5, 2008, 01:35 PM
I believe they find out the 6th what apple's plans are for that day, so hopefully itll be good news

hopefully by the 6th or 7th everything will be cleared up. i have t-mobile (contract just ended last month) and i have yet to see a definite statement that the apple store employees will have the ability/know how to port over new customers to ATT. have i missed anything, is anyone certain (not just assuming) that this will be an option?

my situation seems better suited to go to an ATT store. there is an ATT kiosk in the mall but i haven't checked when they open (they probably don't know anymore than than the apple employees right now anyway).

SheepNutz
Jul 6, 2008, 09:16 AM
Well, since AT&T has stated that for non-enterprise customers, there's no difference in which store you go to, you should be fine at the Apple Store. I'm sure they'll have at least a few AT&T reps at each Apple Store.

beatledud
Jul 6, 2008, 01:43 PM
First, today is the 6th. Now when working at CompUSA, when they rolled out new policies or announcements that they wanted to make company wide, we always did it after the store closed on Sundays, then had our entire staff stay or come in for the announcement. So Kenwood should start their meeting probably around 7pm since the store closes at 6pm today. I guess we'll start to get leaks from employees shortly after then.

Second, don't be surprise if you can stay in the mall all night long, waiting in line at the apple store. The mall doesn't close until late at night, like around 1am since the cinema's last movies start after 10pm. They also open earlier like previously suggested for powershoppers and bored teenagers like in the movie Mallrats. This leaves roughly a 6-7hour gap. Now a former Apple employee told me that in events like this Apple will pay for the mall security to stay for that gap and allow people to wait outside the store in a line inside the mall. Makes sense, there will be a line, and you can't have everyone waiting outside at multiple entrances...unless you designate one that will open first and then give people line order cards and let them into the store mall first.

SheepNutz
Jul 7, 2008, 09:15 PM
Looks like the Apple Store will be open at 8AM. I hope they have some 16GB black ones left on Saturday.

beatledud
Jul 7, 2008, 09:21 PM
A friend was just there tonight, and Kenwood will not allow lines. Now if people can stand outside that would be interesting, and where do you do it? Do they open a designated door first?

SheepNutz
Jul 8, 2008, 05:18 PM
I'm guessing the closest door is the one from the middle level of the parking garage that goes in by the sonystyle store. I thought they had lines at the last iPhone launch, so why wouldn't they at this one? With all this talk of low stock, I'm seriously thinking about going into work late for this.

whyamihere
Jul 8, 2008, 05:38 PM
With all this talk of low stock, I'm seriously thinking about going into work late for this.

lolz, i just put in my request to be late this morning.

beatledud
Jul 8, 2008, 06:51 PM
I went into the store today. Talked to a Genius rep who was there for the iphone release last year. Said he doesn't remember if they sold out, but he also didn't have the feeling that they did. In addition, he said that people tried to line up in front of the store, but security eventually escorted them out and they hung around outside and the line went down for a while.

SheepNutz
Jul 8, 2008, 09:11 PM
Yeah, I don't think they sold out last year. I went in there on Saturday morning and got mine, and they said they had plenty then. I'm heading up there on Saturday anyway, so I'll just wait until then. I can't drive my KY state work vehicle into OH anyway, and I really don't feel like taking my car into work on Friday.

boxgamex
Jul 9, 2008, 12:18 AM
I went into the store today. Talked to a Genius rep who was there for the iphone release last year. Said he doesn't remember if they sold out, but he also didn't have the feeling that they did. In addition, he said that people tried to line up in front of the store, but security eventually escorted them out and they hung around outside and the line went down for a while.

they hung out in front of the store, as proven by footage from the news and pictures from ars technica- http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2007/06/29/ars-in-line-for-the-iphone-in-cincinnati

beatledud
Jul 9, 2008, 10:21 AM
they hung out in front of the store, as proven by footage from the news and pictures from ars technica- http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2007/06/29/ars-in-line-for-the-iphone-in-cincinnati

I see, except they obviously weren't allowed in the store until the doors were open for the morning, and ultimately the line started at the beginning of the work day. And yes, they were shooed away until a certain time.

This time is different and I wonder how they will do a line since the product is being sold at 8am not 6pm.

boxgamex
Jul 9, 2008, 03:08 PM
yeah, im not too concerned about the lines.. im going to roll up at about 7:30 to kenwood, since im sure theyll have plenty.

whyamihere
Jul 10, 2008, 05:06 PM
just got off the phone with the store and i got confirmation that they will be able to port me over from t-mobile in the store (don't have to go to ATT). he said they expect to have plenty of stock, so i'll be heading up just before 8. see u there!

One4TheRoad
Jul 10, 2008, 11:44 PM
Hey guys, I'm thinking of heading up to the Kenwood area around 4am, just to scope the scene...........Anybody up here yet? Or anyone going around that time? Thanks:D

Kadman
Jul 11, 2008, 08:50 AM
Word on the street is that Kendwood is sold out. Can anyone confirm this?

SheepNutz
Jul 11, 2008, 08:54 AM
Yes people, please do tell your experiences. If they are sold out, I hope they'll have more for tomorrow. They are supposed to get shipments almost every day. I'll be there bright and early tomorrow.

Kadman
Jul 11, 2008, 11:54 AM
Wow, I know it's not the biggest city in the country, but nobody has any detail?

Kadman
Jul 11, 2008, 01:52 PM
Just stopped in. They have plenty but its about a 5 hour line as of now according to an Apple associate. No thanks!

ScubaCinci
Jul 11, 2008, 03:50 PM
I went to the ATT store on Colerain near 275 @ about 6:45am this morning. I was about 12th in line and they ran out of of 16GB on the person ahead of me, they only got in about 6 of them. They only got in about 10 or 12 8GB versions. So, they took my name and phone info and I am on the list for the 16GB when they get them in the next 3-5 days :mad:

boxgamex
Jul 11, 2008, 04:16 PM
I got there at about 10:30 and waited in line for a good 4 hours.. fun day.

ScubaCinci
Jul 11, 2008, 04:26 PM
Just stopped in. They have plenty but its about a 5 hour line as of now according to an Apple associate. No thanks!

I called...they associate said they are 4-5 hours backed up. He wasn't sure if the supply would last the day or not.

ScubaCinci
Jul 11, 2008, 06:18 PM
Yes people, please do tell your experiences. If they are sold out, I hope they'll have more for tomorrow. They are supposed to get shipments almost every day. I'll be there bright and early tomorrow.

Anyone else going to be there tomorrow morning?

SheepNutz
Jul 11, 2008, 07:21 PM
When I called this morning to check on stock, a guy told me that they open tomorrow at 10AM, "but we're usually around by 8AM if you want to stop in then". We've got to drop my wife's car off at the dealership for service at 8, then get breakfast, so I should be there a little before 10 (hopefully)

SheepNutz
Jul 11, 2008, 07:46 PM
Quick question for those who got theirs. Do the headphones for the 3G iPhone have the skinny connector where they will fit a first gen iPhone? I soldered new earbuds on to headphones to my first gen iPhone and would like to keep them and give the ones that come with the 3G iPhone to whoever I sell my first gen phone to.

Kadman
Jul 11, 2008, 08:26 PM
Looking at the pics they look identical, including the diameter but I can't say for sure as I don't have mine. I'll likely be there in the morning to see what the situation is. If it's hours of waiting, I'll likely shop around with my son for a bit and go home. The retail site is updated and shows all models will be available in the AM.

SheepNutz
Jul 12, 2008, 08:10 AM
I just left Kenwood sans iPhone. I showed up at 9 and there were 50 people in line outside the store. They had opened at 8 and were letting people in little at a time. A guy came out and said that they would run out of black 16gb before the end of the line, and probably white ones too. They said they had plenty of 8gb in stock. Hopefully they get a shipment this afternoon and I can get one then.

ScubaCinci
Jul 12, 2008, 08:47 AM
I got there a little after 6 this morning and me and another guy were the first ones there. No one else showed up until around 7. They didn't have any 16gb black ones, only white. They were pretty cool and started selling around 8:30.

elcid
Jul 12, 2008, 11:07 AM
When I was there around 10 they only had white and 8gb black. They said that where I was standing they would be out of the 16gb so if you want 16 you are going to have to wait.


Whaaaa....i just want an iPhone :(

SheepNutz
Jul 12, 2008, 02:38 PM
After leaving at 9, I came back at noon, and the lady who was behind me at 9 was now first in line, so it would have been a 3 hour wait for me. At noon, they had 16gb black ones back in stock, but the line was still about 3 hours, and I didn't want to wait. I'm going to try back Monday on my lunch break.

elcid
Jul 12, 2008, 02:40 PM
I am not opposed to waiting but now that they have 16gb black it might be worth it.

elcid
Jul 12, 2008, 02:54 PM
Just called and they are out of all 16gb and there is a line for the 8gb.

Kadman
Jul 12, 2008, 02:59 PM
I got there right about 9:10 - 9:15 am . When the guy came out and gave the update of "no black or white 16s, but I have 8s for all of you" I specifically asked if their shipment for today had come in. He said that he had not seen the FedEx guy yet, so I waited it out. I'm glad I did. He came back later and stated they had black and white 16s and of course we were much closer to the store by then. I left at about 12:30 with my 16gb black in hand. Synching music over to it right now.

elcid
Jul 12, 2008, 03:08 PM
Hrm...think that would work tomorrow? They say they get shipments everyday, but if it is FedEx are they going to get them on Sundays?

Kadman
Jul 12, 2008, 03:14 PM
I would check the update page at apple.com/retail/iphone after 9pm tonight. If it shows green for the model you want, that should mean they are having them shipped in tomorrow am.

ScubaCinci
Jul 12, 2008, 03:18 PM
Hrm...think that would work tomorrow? They say they get shipments everyday, but if it is FedEx are they going to get them on Sundays?

I don't believe FedEx will deliver on Sunday but you could always call them and check. Good luck.

ScubaCinci
Jul 12, 2008, 05:26 PM
So I ran back over to the Apple store to check out the cases they had...none I cared for so I left. As I was leaving, there were about 50 ppl in line and there were a ton of "regular" customers in the store. I got 1/2 way out of the mall and the power went out! A bad storm rolled through. I bet those that were waiting were pissed!

SheepNutz
Jul 12, 2008, 09:49 PM
The availability page says all models are in stock. I was thinking about going up there early in the morning, but I'm about an hour away, so screw it. I'll wait a few more days or so. The C-Bus store is out of all models.

elcid
Jul 12, 2008, 09:56 PM
So if I was going to show up early how would that work? Is there a special door to go in, and when does the mall actually open?


Would be better if it was C-bus, just sit outside the actual store.

ScubaCinci
Jul 12, 2008, 11:40 PM
I went in the entrance #2 near the pottery barn

elcid
Jul 13, 2008, 07:41 AM
Well if you were thinking of picking one up today, dont. They are sold out even though the availability website says otherwise. I am pretty pissed right now.

The board saying they were sold out pointed to the website that said they were in stock.

SheepNutz
Jul 14, 2008, 05:22 PM
Still nothing in Cincinnati. I'm thinking about going on Thursday if they get some in and there isn't a line.

Amyaz
Jul 14, 2008, 05:32 PM
Anyone manage to get one from an ATT store after Friday?

I went ahead & ordered (have corporate discount, so I have to buy from ATT), but I'm curious if any are coming in? I want a phone, but have no desire to wait in line :p

I really wonder why ATT got so few. They have so many more locations than Apple; it would have really cut down on the lines....

ScubaCinci
Jul 14, 2008, 07:11 PM
I originally ordered one from ATT and they told me 3-5 days...I got mine from the Apple store and a guy there said the mgr of the ATT store he went to said 7-10 days so it's anyone's guess.

elcid
Jul 14, 2008, 09:31 PM
I am going to get it from the Apple store but it sas they wont have them tomorrow either. I am going to go in and check, I really don't know how they are doing this as they get their shipments around noon to 1pm. Are the just holding onto phones for 8 hours because they said that they didn't have them for the morning?

SheepNutz
Jul 14, 2008, 09:48 PM
I am going to get it from the Apple store but it sas they wont have them tomorrow either. I am going to go in and check, I really don't know how they are doing this as they get their shipments around noon to 1pm. Are the just holding onto phones for 8 hours because they said that they didn't have them for the morning?

I called and asked a guy about shipments today. He said they get shipments of goods everyday, but that doesn't mean there are iPhones in the shipment, it could just be software or iMacs. He said that if the availability page said out of stock tonight, then there wouldn't be any iPhones in the shipment tomorrow. Only Cupertino knows where the iPhones are shipped to each day. Boo.

elcid
Jul 17, 2008, 05:54 AM
So never trust the website. Anyways they had 8gig yesterday and it says they will have them today too. I will again be stopping after work to see if any 16 gig slipped into the box too.

SheepNutz
Jul 17, 2008, 09:31 AM
Yeah, I was hoping they'd have some black 16gb ones in by today. I guess I'll wait another week or so. At this rate they'll be back in stock by the time the next iPhone comes out!

ScubaCinci
Jul 17, 2008, 12:16 PM
Try for a white one...they are pretty sharp. Most people are gonna put a sleeve or case on them anyway.

carrjar
Jul 17, 2008, 02:14 PM
At this rate they'll be back in stock by the time the next iPhone comes out!

It's been less than one week.

ScubaCinci
Jul 17, 2008, 02:30 PM
The one I ordered from AT&T last Fri came in yesterday but I was able to pick one up at the Apple store Sat. They called me and I told them to credit me and re-sell it to someone waiting and they said they can't, they have to send it back to Apple?

SheepNutz
Jul 17, 2008, 04:54 PM
It's been less than one week.

It's a joke.

SheepNutz
Jul 17, 2008, 08:21 PM
I called at 8:30 and they said they had both 16GB models in, and the availability website says that also. The guy told me they will open at 9AM. I'm going to try and get there at 8.

ScubaCinci
Jul 17, 2008, 08:26 PM
I'd get there earlier if you can...good luck!

Kadman
Jul 17, 2008, 09:45 PM
Yeah, I would definitely go earlier. Maybe 7am if you can (and if you can get into the mall interior at that time). I had a meeting downtown and stopped up there in the afternoon to (hopefully) find a case and there was a line with people down the middle of the mall, much like it was Friday and Saturday and I'm assuming other days leading up till now.

Scuba - Saw your review of the film covering and I'm very interested in going that route. Did you find that locally or did you have to order it over the Net?

ScubaCinci
Jul 17, 2008, 10:01 PM
Yeah, I would definitely go earlier. Maybe 7am if you can (and if you can get into the mall interior at that time). I had a meeting downtown and stopped up there in the afternoon to (hopefully) find a case and there was a line with people down the middle of the mall, much like it was Friday and Saturday and I'm assuming other days leading up till now.

Scuba - Saw your review of the film covering and I'm very interested in going that route. Did you find that locally or did you have to order it over the Net?

The doors down by pottery barn (waaay to the left when facing the main entrance off of Montgomery road)...the doors sit back in sort of an alley type courtyard. Make sure you try them all because only 1 set was unlocked before.

As for the shields, I ordered them from online. The Ghost Armor seems to be pretty much the same as Invisible Shield and I'm guessing BodyGuardz so I'd go with the cheapest solution. If you do some searching on here, I think there are coupon codes floating around for IS & BG's.

SheepNutz
Jul 18, 2008, 05:42 AM
It's 6:40 and I'm 3rd in Line at the apple store. I can't wait until they open.

SheepNutz
Jul 18, 2008, 06:11 AM
employees just shows up, and said they might only have white. They are checking. I'll be so pissed if they don't have black.

Update: Im third in line and they have 3 16gb blacks. They gave us first three vouchers and the rest of the people are getting white.

Kadman
Jul 18, 2008, 07:08 AM
I've been following your journey here to get your 3G. I'm glad it's going to pay off for you this morning! If I were you I would insist that they still offer up the congratulatory clapping as you walk in. You've earned it. :D

ScubaCinci
Jul 18, 2008, 07:34 AM
Congrats!

SheepNutz
Jul 18, 2008, 08:05 AM
Well, I'm in the store now, but there's only 2 people doing iPhones right now, so I have to wait for the first two people to be done and then I'm gravy.

SheepNutz
Jul 18, 2008, 09:11 AM
Well, I'm typing this on my new 16gb black iPhone 3G. I left the store with it at about 9:30. Thanks to all of you who told me to get here earlier! I would have been so mad if I had drove an hour for nothing.

ScubaCinci
Jul 18, 2008, 09:12 AM
Hooray! :cool:

elcid
Jul 22, 2008, 09:30 PM
There aren't still lines outside Kenwood are there?