Want to buy iPhone 3Gs this weekend

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  1. derek1984 macrumors 6502a

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    Due to personal reasons and schedule, I will have my first opportunity to buy the new iPhone on Saturday or Sunday. I have never purchased an iPhone before. With all of you guys having experience in the past buying iPhones when they first come out, am I going to have a problem find places like the Apple Store or Walmart having them in-stock? Are these things really going to be sold out? If so, how soon might they get more stock of them in? Thanks!
     
  2. newyorksole macrumors 68020

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    Considering there are 4 retailers selling the iPhone and considering some people chose to preorder and have it shipped to them, I would say you should be able to find one this weekend.

    But then again, a lot of people are upgrading from their original iPhones and the 32GB storage is very attractive to people along with video recording.

    I got the first iPhone on launch day, walked into an Apple store at 10;00p.m and got it. The iPhone 3G was a different story. I was trying for like 4 days to get one, there were always lines.
     
  3. Gathomblipoob macrumors 68040

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    Part of last year's problems was the crash of Apple's servers for several hours, so it should go more smoothly this weekend, one would hope.
     
  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Why worry about it now? As with any hot item - you go - if it's there you buy. If not..next store. If completely out in your area you ask the stores when their nex shipment is in. MANY of us have preordered. Hopefully - with several BAM stores with the iPhone, there will be enough to go around.
     
  5. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    Try Best Buy. I preordered from them last night. My White 16Gb will be there Friday for me to pick up at 11:00Am. You could schedule your appointment for saturday and they will hold it for you. It requires a deposit of 50$ wihich is converted to a giftcard that is returned to you for purchase. So excited!

    Also, I was the 7th person to preorder. Not many people are going the BB route. It may be a great thing to capitalize on for yourself.
     
  6. Zengrok macrumors newbie

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    I recommend going to the Apple store, they will have quite a bit more stock than the other stores. Just get there early, and plan to possibly be there for a bit.
     
  7. derek1984 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would have preordered but I couldn't. I need to get on a plan with my girlfriend because she can get a 20% off monthly rate. I am also on a Verizon family plan right now and it's not in my name, so it might get a little tricky...probably better off going into a store. Otherwise, I would have preordered :cool:
     
  8. ryvetted macrumors member

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    Call in sick, cancel all your plans and go on Friday.
     
  9. sms0217ny macrumors regular

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    I would say Best Buy as well. Just called a store in my area and they said I could come in on Friday anytime in the afternoon and they should have plenty available.
     
  10. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    Haha, I lucked out so awesome for this Friday. My Dad is coming down for Father's day late Thursday night, so I took my first vacation day in 6 months to spend some time with him. Then the new iPhone got a release date. June 19th :cool: Fantastic karma comin' my way. :)
     
  11. David-fr macrumors 6502

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    I've a samll question if I ordered today from online store will I get it Friday?
     
  12. dabigone macrumors regular

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    I got my 3G on a Sat...just wake up a bit earlier and get in line but I don't anticipate there being as great a demand, honestly.
     
  13. derek1984 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My girlfirend currently has Verizon right now, but she is not on my family plan right now. We both need to switch to AT&T. I will be able to get the 20% off discount but the plan has to be in her name. So I have to wait for her and she will be away until Saturday...So I have no choice but to wait! I have gift cards to Apple and Wal Mart, so I would like to purchase from either of those stores.
     
  14. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    In all likelyhood, no, you won't. If you go to Best Buy though, in store, you can still get it Friday.
     
  15. David-fr macrumors 6502

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    Same here...have to wait for my mom and dad to get back from Europe. I'll just go ahead and order it today, I've all the info I need...I hate second honey moons if the iPhone is out by that time
     
  16. David-fr macrumors 6502

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    I also see the advanteges of being married, if u guys were u could pick the iPhone in her name...
     
  17. mb2008 macrumors regular

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    I disagree with most of the above....AT&T ran out of 3Gs last year and took a couple days to get more in. I bought the fourth day at an Apple store (after trying on day 2 and 3) and there were 70 people in line at 7:00 am that day. They came out a 9:30 and said "20 phones and no idea of shipments." By the time I got inside, they had received a shipment of 16g white, and by the time I got to the front at 11:30 they had all three. All of the other stores in D/FW were completely out by that time. I remember they actually had an inventory listing by store on Apple.com and most of the stores ran out every day for two weeks!

    I'm not buying until I get the better price, but I would give a 24-hour Wal-Mart a shot. My experience with them when hot items come out is that they are honest about the stock and actually have tried to make it a pleasant experience. Plus they generally let you line up INSIDE.
     
  18. derek1984 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, no choice. I have to wait for her to come home and that will probably be late Saturday afternoon. I will try the Apple Store first. If no luck, there are about 6 Wal Mart's in my area that I can try. You would think one of those places would still have some in-stock...I hope lol
     
  19. iOrlando macrumors 68000

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    if you are like me and have a very complicated phone situation...its best to go to AT&T directly. I have heard that sometimes apple will tell you flat out go to att they can help you better with your situation.
     
  20. bigchief macrumors 6502a

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    I just talked to Best Buy and they said I could preorder the iPhone and be guarenteed a phone. I asked if that meant I would be guarenteed the phone on Friday and they said NO. There is a possibility they will not receive them until Saturday.

    I'm just throwing that out there for everyone to think about.
     
  21. ryvetted macrumors member

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    I love it when things work out like that! Fun times!
     
  22. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    Thats not what I was told. I made an appointment time with them for 11:00am Friday morning. However, there were only 6 other reservations made, so they can guarantee it to me.

    I know right? I told my dad and he was like "oh thank God! Now I can sleep in Friday morning." :p He's driving 13 hours from Wisconsin on Thursday, arriving at like 3 am Friday morning.
     

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