Smallest iPhone Lines Ever?

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  1. shadrap macrumors 6502

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    Just wondering if the lines for the iPhone 4s are the smallest ever. I know with multiple carriers and all the Pre Orders there were bound to be less people queuing up. But yet I am still kinda surprised and also wishing I had not Pre ordered and just went and picked it up at 8am.
     
  2. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    In Canada apparently the lines are just like last year. Eaton Centre had about 400+ people at some point, might have been a couple hours ago...
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Prolly depends on your location and the availability of other stores in the area
     
  4. Jman13 macrumors 68000

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    I would imagine individual lines will be much smaller, simply because of the increase of stores that will have the 4S at launch.

    In years past you had: Apple Store
    Then, Apple Store + AT&T Stores
    Then Apple Store + AT&T Stores + Best Buy (and a few other retailers)
    Now there's Apple Store + AT&T Stores + Best Buy (and other retailers) + Radio Shack + Verizon Stores + Sprint Stores.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    ^^^
    Plus an increase in preorders on all of the various websites available now
     
  6. macingman macrumors 68020

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    In Sydney Australia the line was miles long 4 hours after the launch.
     
  7. localboy28 macrumors 6502a

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    MY AT&T store has absolutely NO LINE at 9:00AM here on the east coast.

    Best Buy had absolutely no line and nor did the verizon I just drove by....

    walk right in...get your phone...get out..8 minute process
     
  9. shadrap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well maybe it was just the American lines. Even the larger cities are reporting small lines.
     
  10. groupersandwich macrumors 6502

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    The VZW store on my way to work in Tallahassee, FL this morning had only 5 or 6 people in line. I was sort of surprised, I we expected more. I didn't expect them to be lined up around the block, but did think I would see 50 or 60 people. The lines for the ip4 last winter were much, much longer at the same store.
     
  11. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    Ha ha, that's insane. I work in Sutton (south London) and when I went down the high road at lunchtime there was a small queue at the O2 store but 3, Orange and Vodafone were all queue-less. I thought maybe they were sold out already but the guy in the 3 store told me they still had plenty in stock.
     
  12. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    if you are eligible for discounted price, then why not pre-order why queue up?

    getting a new line or number is different ...

    personally i do all my upgrade in ATT Store (though I like apple store) for ease of activation and number switch over...
     
  13. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    Most preorders ever and smallest lines ever seem to correlate.
     
  14. wellok macrumors 6502

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    Keep in mind larger cities will have a wider variety of stores, too.
     
  15. fjrabon macrumors regular

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    also keep in mind that there is no pre-order store pickup option this year. That cuts a significant portion of biomass out.
     
  16. mamon343 macrumors member

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    wow nice to hear.
     
  17. colonelbutt macrumors regular

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    most people are just smarter and have pre-ordered

    life is too short to wait in line
     
  18. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    This time around I'm not so sure....
     
  19. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Line of about 40 people at the AT&T in Carrollwood (Tampa) this morning at 8:30. News reports "hundreds" at the Apple store at International Plaza.
     
  20. BFW122083 macrumors 6502

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    Also, last year was a mad house with standing in line at Apple stores. A guy like me, who went through that last year, just pre ordered this year to avoid that. Gotta figure a lot of people had the same mentality so the lines are smaller.
     
  21. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    Several reasons

    1) unlike ATT only days (where att moved most of the upgrade eligibility early), now with Verizon and now sprint ATT will not upgrade all the iPhone 4 buyers eligibility

    ATT, Verizon will know how much $$$ spending on subsidy and how much revenue from the 2 year plan, sprint will make it even worst

    iPhone 3GS unlocked at $375 will make the even difficult for all the carriers for subsidy cost and revenue from the plans

    2) Pre-orders

    3) Number of places iPhone 4S available

    4) iPad and MBA sales

    5) Economy still in turmoil

    6) it is not iPhone 5

    and to some extend

    7) pay some respect Steve Jobs (well everyone will get the iPhone 4S slowly and surely)

    :)
     
  22. octatonic macrumors regular

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    I queued for under an hour at the O2 shop in Chiswick London.
     
  23. ocrts macrumors newbie

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    Went to AT&T store in Crystal City, VA at 7:30am. About 15 people ahead of me. Out by 8:30. There was virtually no line at the Best Buy across the parking lot, but I didn't trust them to do my upgrade properly from 3GS. At least in the US, I think the combination of number of outlets (Apple, ATT, VZ, BB, Target, etc) and the experience (5th phone launch) has things, in general, running more smoothly.
     
  24. zman98 macrumors member

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    There were about 50 people in line at the AT&T store next to my Starbucks (Dallas suburbs).
     
  25. UsuallyAndy macrumors newbie

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    The Philadelphia Center City stores are empty, aside from the Apple Store... I was pleasantly surprised... and impressed as well... And not to mention happy! LOL.
     

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