Launch Day Tactics

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Djs621, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Djs621 macrumors regular

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    We've had 4 years of practice. What do you guys think is the most tried and true method of getting an Iphone on launch day?
     
  2. tardman91 macrumors 6502a

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  3. flipnotik macrumors newbie

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    Having patient, and willing friends who are eager to take bribes.

    But to be serious, where I'm from there has been the same group of people every launch, so its pretty cool community, having commonality with those around you and a consistent group has made waiting in the front ends of the lines a lot more tolerable.
     
  4. saving107, Jul 26, 2011
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    saving107 macrumors 603

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    Best Method: Giving Apple some money tends to be the best way of getting an iPhone, giving them more money will get you more GB's.

    My opinion:

    Why don't we cross this bridge when the time comes (and a date and details are announced). Not every year is the same, and this year for some reason Apple decided not to allow online orders or in store reservations for the iPad 2.

    So lets talk again once Apple makes the announcement with purchasing details.
     
  5. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    Pre ordering on Apple's website within the first 5 minutes of availability.
     
  6. Zalatorisaurus macrumors member

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    That's what I plan on doing. Will be my first time this year!
     
  7. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    Pitch your tent now. You'll be first in line.

    I'll just order online......



    :cool:
     
  8. Dandrews524 macrumors 6502

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    going an waiting in line really early just isnt for me. although im sure its a cool experience, nothing beats hanging around in your PJs and waiting to order online. granted this method can be unreliable at times because of site overloads and what not, but it is by far the easiest and less stressful. when i preordered the iphone, the at&t site crashed so i went to my local at&t store the next day and just walked up to the counter and preordered one. it could not have been easier
     
  9. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    I'm debating waiting in line. In years past, I'd wait a couple of days and walk in and buy it. But the iPad 2 shortages that followed a few months after it's launch make me weary that the iPhone 5 could be the same way.

    How early is early? 3 hours before it goes on sale? 6 hours? 12 hours?
     
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  11. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    Sneakily order one online, and then wait craftily in your home until it arrives, and which point you should leopard crawl to the front door, and with the speed of a ninja you sign for the package, grab it, and slam the door in the face of the delivery man before he realizes what has happened. :D

    On a serious note: pre-order one, other than that, wait in line once you see someone camping outside.
     
  12. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Order online.
    I'm not real enough to stand in line for 8+ hours. I'd rather get my phone a week or two later than do that. But that being said, there's an order online option so I wouldn't have to do that
     
  13. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

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    order online again like I did with the iphone 4.

    Sat there getting 'page cannot be displayed' repeatedly during multiple points in the order 'do you want any accessories? > no > next > page cannot be displayed > refresh > try again etc etc

    Was a pain but still managed to get a launch day phone. In fact Id rather get one from the second batch than queue outside a store.
     
  14. alflavor macrumors regular

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    I will order online, probably as an upgrade from my carrier as soon as they open the doors!
     
  15. pezasied182 macrumors 6502

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    My girlfriend and I are going to wait in front of a store for hours, we never have before and think it would be a fun experience.
     
  16. iJays macrumors regular

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    this thread clearly shows how fanatic most of you are.
    you don't even know what will be on the next iphone (not even the assurance that it will be released this year) and already planning on how to get one.

    give all your money to mr. jobs who don't even give his money to charity and not even to apple's stockholders....get all your credit cards out and be sure to pay the minimum monthly payments :D
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    Order online if you absolutely must have it.

    I avoid the lines and the craziness like the plague, its not like some contest that you absolutely must win. It is after all a phone :cool:
     
  18. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Last year I simply ordered online and worked from home on launch day. The phone was in my hand by lunchtime.
     
  19. kilcher macrumors 65816

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    With my 3GS and my wife's 4 I waited in line. When I upgrade to the 5 I'm going to try and pre-order online. Hoping to skip the lines this time.
     
  20. Certinfy macrumors 6502a

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    Go early I guess. I'm used to queuing anyway (those 7 hour queues at Wimbledon were actually helpful in some ways). Saying that I want to order online for sure and just get it delivered.
     
  21. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

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    Do you think they are going to have pre-orders or will this be like the iPad 2 launch snafu?
     
  22. edk99 macrumors 6502a

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    Preordered mine through my local ATT store. Walked in on launch day activated phones and was out the door in 15 minutes. Att was only giving out preorders for the first few days which was nice.
     
  23. Reach9 macrumors 68020

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    I find a ISP store in the last place people would look, maybe somewhere in the outskirts of the city, maybe in a part of the city nobody expected to have the iPhone. I get their phone number and ask if they'll be getting the iPhones on the launch day. And then i stand about 20mins before the store opens.

    That's how i got my iPhone 3G on the first day!

    lol, we're talking about launch day tactics when the phone hasn't even been announced yet..
     
  24. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Amazes me the number of people that stand in line. When the 4 came out, my daughter needed/wanted the new one - she had the original. After about a week went by and they seemed to be working okay, I ordered one online and go it a few days later.

    When we got it, we discovered the damnest thing.

    It was still just a phone. What the hell?
     
  25. saving107 macrumors 603

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    How dare you sir call the iPhone just a phone. :D

    /joking
     

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