Anyone else think there will be no lines for 3G?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zub3qin, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    I can't put my finger on it, but it seems to me that there is minimal "buzz" about the iPhone 3G. Sure, there are posts all over fan forums, but the "real" world isn't talking about the iPhone 3G at all.

    Apple stores have no advertising up... AT&T seems to almost be begrudgingly selling the iPhone- it used to be plastered all over their website, but now you have to try hard to find any info on iPhone....

    Apple seems to have "phoned" this one in, no pun intended.--

    Also, dropping the phone to $199 but charging $2000 for the plan, over the 2 year contract (for only 450 minutes) isn't going to boost sales with a weak economy and $4.50/gallon gas.

    Anyone else think that there aren't going to be the lines everyone is expecting when iPhone is released?
  2. matt550 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2008
    Im not to sure. I know im not going to wait in a line for it. I'll go to the Apple store on my way home from work, if there is a huge line, im coming back later.
  3. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
    I agree it's much quieter, I think Apple and AT&T alike will turn the heat up in late June - early July.
  4. ICTUS TACTUS macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
    I'm planning on the lines being shorter than the initial release.

    I can't stand how people complain about the price though. Analogy:

    When people buy cars, no one factors in the price of gas, insurance, registration, licensing fees, and maintenance into the price tag.

    How is an iPhone any different? You're paying for a service, not an entitlement.
  5. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    I think so too. The only thing that might make things a little slower is the in-store activation, but there aren't going to be mile long lines for the phone.
  6. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    I'm kinda hoping it will be like the macbook air release. Not too many people were quite obsessed with that. I'm sure it will be a little more wide known but I hope it's pretty quiet.
  7. stagi macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    I think things will be just as crazy as the 1st iPhone. Wait until we are closer and everyone will be talking about it.
  8. phinnaeus macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    North Carolina, USA
    I factored in the cost of gas when I got my Prius.
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    A fair number of first generation buyers were teens who talked their parents into getting them an iPhone, less than a year ago...

    Wonder how many can pull off that trick again so soon.
  10. ICTUS TACTUS macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
  11. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Oh there is buzz about it on Long Island and NYC. Almost everywhere I went I heard people talking about it (work, school) and everyone said that they want one. I have a feeling though, that the lines won't be as long. But then there is a part of me that says they will be long.
  12. doodads macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2007
    East BF, TN
    Really?? Ask the car dealers with all the SUVs sitting on their lots. Ask the Toyota dealers with very few Pirus's sitting on their lots.
  13. Bill P. macrumors regular

    Bill P.

    Sep 24, 2007
    What I think will make the wait just as long, if not longer, will be the need to activate in the store. Buyers will have questions that will need to be resolved and others, like me, will be giving the old iPhone to someone else and they will have questions about transferring the service, sims, etc... It'll be a real bottleneck, IMHO.

  14. chrisparr macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2008
    When you take a step back an look at the new iPhone, the ONLY new things are 3G and GPS. All the rest of the new stuff will be available to existing iPhone customers when they upgrade the OS.

    I've said this in other threads so apologies for repeating myself, but IMHO the new iPhone is all about getting a slice of the business user market.

    They have thrown in the app store for the non business users, but at the end of the day it will have a few games and RSS readers, plus about a gazillion to-do list applications and "Count down to (insert name of blockbuster film or big console game release here)" applications. That's what the cynic in me thinks.

    Just my 2p worth.
  15. Bill P. macrumors regular

    Bill P.

    Sep 24, 2007
    Isn't the 16Gig also new? A friend is upgrading for that reason alone.

  16. SSpectre macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
    I think we'll see some lines, but the lines for the original iPhone weren't extremely long from what I saw at the Galleria in Houston.

    When AT&T clears up their policies, I think it will make a difference on what kind of lines we see.
  17. rablat macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2007
    Classified NSA intel
    Nope, the 16Gb came out in feb.
  18. DreamPod macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2008
    No you didn't, you bought it based on a bullet point. Otherwise you would have realized that the extra cost of the car over similar (but not hybrid) cars would mean the money saved on gas wouldn't make up for the extra car cost until you'd been driving it for like 8 years.

    People consider "this car gets better gas mileage" but they never estimate how much the gas will actually cost them and how it really affects the overall cost of the car. And cell-phone owners are worse, they rarely consider the cost of plans, they just get a phone they like and either a provider they are used-to or the one required for the phone.

    In any case, the iPhone 3G service plan isn't really more expensive than others, it's just more expensive than the old iPhone (but more in line with AT&T's normal costs). And the majority of iPhone 3G buyers will be brand new owners, so won't have that fake-thought of being ripped off.
  19. Ctt9492 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2008
    Yeah, I don't think its gonna be a very big deal either
    I mean usually when apple comes out with a new product
    they go all out with revisions

    Now on the new iPhone the upgrade is basically 3G and GPS
    everything else the old iPhone will have, which kinda hints that theres something else apple is hiding from us.

    So pretty much upgrading the new iPhone is pointles. In a way....

    I mean at least apple could have made some revisions on the OS that the iPhone 3G would only have, even new icon looks or even just little things
    but there wasnt much so its kinda disappointing.
  20. docal97 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
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    I dont think that the lines will be long at all. The first time around, this phone was an entirely new concept, plus there was 6 months time to build the hype.

    Now everyone knows exactly what the iphone is all about- it will attract new users because of the cheaper price and then some current customers but not as many as I would have thought b/c the aren't as many new features as many of us thought there would be.
  21. Dr Lu 2010 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2008
    well said..totally agree...:D
  22. drchipinski macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2007
    Why would there be long lines?

    -3G is very scattered (coverage) and looks to be not fully ready for the mass market

    -Phone has been downgraded (plastic)

    -Service plans went up in price, where the first iphone actually had a less expensive plan

    -Average customer dropped $400 within the past 12 months on the 1st gen Iphone, why would they want to do that again? For GPS? Really.

    I was dead set on getting one until the announcement....plastic casing, raised service costs, poor 3G coverage....I think I will be sitting this one out.
  23. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    Not sure if there will be lines but if there are I certainly won't be in them.
    I'm happy with my present iPhone and the $20 data plan :D

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