Waiting in line at a mall's AT&T Store on Friday...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rwkleinjr, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. rwkleinjr macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    I have three stores within a 15 miles of my house (Chicago burbs), and am thinking of trying to queue at the one in the smallest town (population of 22k versus 35k and 55k). Only problem is that this one is located inside a mall.

    Do malls typically not allow any lines whatsoever until doors open at 7AM, or do they often allow the queue to start forming outside of the building until it gets moved inside?
  2. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    The local mall where I live allows you to line up through the night through the mall. I queued up at the mall last year... Nightmare... This year I'm going to my Carrier
  3. Tammster macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    S Florida USA
    That's how ours works. The mall opens at 7:30 for the "mall walkers". Prior to that, everyone waits at a mall entrance in line. Then the line shifts in time. A few years ago I did this. I got there at 6:00 am and waited at the entrance the Apple employee told me to wait at a few days prior to the launch. I was probably 30th in line. Once the mall opened, we all found out there was a MUCH bigger line at a different entrance and I ended up like 200th on line inside. It was quite frustrating. I called & asked again but expect that something like that could happen again. This time I'm going to make sure I just go to the entrance closest to the store.
  4. billycuth macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2010
    I did my local Apple Store last year which is located in a mall. Got there at 3 AM. They let us form a line at a particular outside door to the mall. But we had to stay outside. They let us in at 7:45 AM.
  5. rwkleinjr thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    Starting to think going to a standalone AT&T store may be better than a mall-based one. Still undecided.
  6. syclick macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2009
    I camped out for the iPhone 5 two years ago. We had to camp out in our cars until around 5AM, at which point they let us form a line at the mall entrance closest to the Apple Store. They let us in the mall shortly before 8AM.
  7. skeeter76 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2014
    I canceled my preorder. I had a shipping date of mid Oct, for the 64 G 6+ silver. I figure I just hit up the slowest AT&T store and pick it up and be out the door. It seemed to work for me the last four times starting with the iPhone 4. For the 5s I was 6th in line and was gone by 8:30am.
  8. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    Do yourself a favor. Make phone calls and ask management directly.
  9. skeeter76 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2014
    I don't think it's necessary to talk to management. I think they all tell you what you want to hear. I've been going to the same AT&T for the last four releases, and I've gotten the color and gig that I wanted all four times. It's one of those stand alone not so busy locations, that's off the beaten path.
  10. EcuadorianMami macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    Somehwere in Los Angeles
    i want to go to a At&T inside the mall, never lined for an iphone before, always preordered...sounds like such a headache going to a mall to line up....and....going to a small at&t store might not have what i want....might get screwed either way....
  11. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    This will depend on the mall. I can gaurantee they have had people line up before (unless the Apple store is brand new) so security should have an easy answer for you.

    Keep in mind they may tell you one rule and enforce another. At our mall I was told no lining up before midnight. I got there at 11 and the line was 150+ strong. Security were patrolling and simply not giving a S^&%. Needless to say I was disappointed.
  12. mr1581 macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    went to local ATT store in philly last two years...showed up around 6am.. was 5th in line, watched a movie on my ipad and then doors opened... was super easy
  13. skeeter76 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2014
    I guess it depends where you live and if you have any AT&T locations that's not all that popular, I have a few in my immediate neighborhood. One in a major busy suburb and a couple more that's kind of rural. I wouldn't dare try to go to my local Apple store, seeing as tho everybody flocks there like it's no other major carrier that's going to have the iphone. Hell they all come from Foxxcon!
  14. webbuzz macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2010
    I prefer anything over a carrier store. Most are so disorganized and understaffed it isn't even funny.
  15. coolweirdo macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2011
    last year i went to att about 6am was number 7th in line to only find out when they open at 8am they had one iPhone 5s gold and it was 64gb and the rest space grey and at the time gold was the popular color. in my opinion its a hit or miss at least lining up at the mall to purchase from apple your chances are better getting the most popular model
  16. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    My goal isn't to get the most popular model, but to get the phone I want. This year I want the 6 or 6+ space grey 64gb... As long as I can get one of the two I'll be happy...
  17. skeeter76 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2014
    All I need for the AT&T salesman is to do is activate my iphone, I can do the rest. I'll back my 5s up to my iCloud the night before and I'm good. And I guess it depends on what AT&T store you visit. I came across some disorganized ones, and I came across some very good ones. I had some real goofball apple team members, and I had some excellent ones.

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