Lining Up

onethouwou

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When's the best time to line up outside of an AT&T store? Never done this before
 

Aibocyrus

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That’s how busy you think they will get. If I do it I’m planning on lining up around midnight.
 

SR42

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This is going to be a very common thing at lots and lots of COR locations. I know this by 100% facts.
What exactly is a corporate location? How does it differ from a regular AT&T Store and how do i distinguish a corp store?

Also can you elaborate on your facts about this being a common thing?
 

SR42

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I imagine that most retail stores will NOT have inventory.

They can’t even ship enough phones out without a wait time - why would they have walk-ins?
They always have a separate stock for walk ins at carrier and apple stores, even when it sells out fast online.
 

onethouwou

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Do you live in a big city? A town?

There's a lot of variables. For examples, in NYC I would say camp the night before or something like that.
austin. i really don't know if the line will be long or not; it's a pretty big city but there are lots of at&t locations within 30 mins of the one i plan on going to, so hopefully that alleviates the issue of long lines. I called ahead to make sure they where selling them from the store and they said they were but they weren't sure how many they'll have on launch day
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My local corporate ATT store is not getting the iPhone X at launch.
I imagine that most retail stores will NOT have inventory.

They can’t even ship enough phones out without a wait time - why would they have walk-ins?
I called ahead and they said they'd be selling them in store friday they just aren't sure how many they'll have yet
 

Ntombi

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I’d go to an Apple Store over an AT&T Store. An AT&T may have some, but you never know if it’s going to be three or sixty. An Apple Store is going to have a bunch, especially in a city like Austin.

I used to line up for the first several years of iPhone, and in the early days without reservations, I’d go at 3am or so for an 8am opening. I haven’t lined up since online ordering was possible, though, so my info is several years out of date.

It was actually a really fun experience, people in line were super excited and it was just mostly a party (where everyone kept their place in line!).

Good luck!
 
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SR42

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I’d go to an Apple Store over an AT&T Store. An AT&T may have some, but you never know if it’s going to be three or sixty. An Apple Store is going to have a bunch, especially in a city like Austin.

I used to line up for the first several years of iPhone, and in the early days without reservations, I’d go at 3am or so for an 8am opening. I haven’t lined up since online ordering was possible, though, so my info is several years out of date.

Good luck!
Issue with apple stores is you'd need to get there way earlier these days to get what you want. I was going to do it for the 5S but decided on AT&T instead when I drove by one of my local Apple stores and the line was probably 50 people deep at 6pm the evening before. Can't imagine what this year will be like.
 

AJsAWiz

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I get some sort of sick perverted thrill watching people line up on launch day (that is if I got a pre order launch day phone myself).
 

onethouwou

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I get some sort of sick perverted thrill watching people line up on launch day (that is if I got a pre order launch day phone myself).
i had a launch day preorder but at&t kept canceling my order so this is pretty much my only option