My wife and I are planning to purchase iPhone 3Gs on Friday. In hope that it would expedite the process, we went into our local AT&T store this evening to complete the credit preapproval process. I read a couple of accounts earlier today, on this forum, in which people were being told to wait until Friday, as they would have to re-run the credit check anyway. Therefore, I had minimal expectations when we went in. Surprisingly, the AT&T man suggested that we not only do the credit approval, but get the plan (voice+data+SMS) completed, so we wouldn't have to worry about that on Friday. He said, I'll just 'sell' you two BlackBerry's ($199 each) and you can simply 'exchange' them on Friday. He noted that if we wanted the 16gb model, we would just pay an additional $100 on Friday. He didn't 'guarantee' that we would get a phone on Friday, or that we would be given any 'priority', but our 'processing' time would be minimized. I expect that to be true, as it took us 15-20 min. to do the activation with only a handful of people in the store. Anyway, he said that the store had processed many new customers in this manner over the last few days. It sounds like they are basically taking advantage of the '30 day exchange/return' policy, in order to reduce the workload on Friday. No complaints from us. Has anyone else encountered a similar situation in their store? One last note, he 'predicted' that there would be a number of in-store iPhone 3g accessory sales on Friday. He anticipated that these discounts would be available through accessory "bundles".