What will be the secret to getting a 3G on or about July 11

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hokeydays, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. hokeydays macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2008
    I want a 3G on July 11, but don't want to camp. Evenn with the $30 data plan, I believe the lines will be miles long to get a $199 3g iphone.

    Stores will sell out, so if I dont get July 11, then might have to wait a while.

    Any tips on how to get one on 7/11?

  2. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    The first iPhone didn't sell out on the first day, so I wouldn't expect this one to either. AT&T Stores will likely have shorter lines than Apple Stores, but they should both have plenty of stock at most locations.
  3. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    I wouldn't worry about it. My ass was waiting in line on June 29, 2007 in Chico, California last summer in 95 degree heat and than I flew down to Ft. Lauderdale a couple days later and there were still tons of iPhones down there at the Apple store the Monday after the launch.

    Plus, most of the "normal" public will be put off by the $30-35 dollar data plan that comes with the 3g iPhone. In this economy, ATT is making a big gamble that people would pay this much for a cell phone/data.....

    Remember even though the $30 "iphone" data plan is the same price ATT charges for it's BB/Windows Mobile phones, these only make up less than 10% of ATT's regular customers. Will/Can ATT convince the average public to folk over that kinda of money for data. Cheap regular high speed home internet from Cox Cable at 768kps only costs $16.99 (in Fairfax County Virginia) so paying $30 is a lot of money in most people's mind.

    Thus, I do not think the 3g iPhone will be hard to get.
  4. Paul S macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2006
    That's true, but they weren't $200, either. But I'm with you--I don't think they will sell out. I do believe, however, that they will sell more with the new pricing.
  5. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    This is untrue. especially if you live near a big city. I got in line at 2PM, and i was about 35th-40th in line at my AT&T store. People got there within minutes of after me.

    Guess what happened? I waited 4 hours, and i got the last phone.

    But even though some Apple stores still had iPhones, they're weren't many stores that did, and they ran out within a couple days after. I know Chicago was sold out.

    I have to write reviews and get them out on Sunday night, so i really have no choice but to wait in line. You could possibly post an ad on craigslist saying you will let someone cut you for a price, making it worth it because you get paid for it, but not many people would agree with me on that. :D
  6. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    You'd be surprise at how many people are actually paying for the data package. 10% seems low especially with the Blackberry boom. I notice more smartphones and than your basic round the phone phone.
  7. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007

    This is the exact quote from various new sources, " less than 20 percent of AT&T's postpaid subscribers have integrated devices capable of voice, Web and data applications" The 20% includes regular and smartphone users so it's a very safe assumption that probably only 10% of ATT customers are paying the $30 dollar data plans.

    I will pay the $30 dollar data plan for the 3g iPhone....however I am single with no kids and disposable income. Most of the public will balk at the $30 data plan that excludes includes any text messaging.

    I just wouldn't be worried about a sell-out of the 3g iPhone unless Apple keeps inventory low on purpose. There will be less resellers on the market until a hack is available, especially in light of ATT forcing you into a contract (unlike the first iPhone where any person could walk into a store and buy the iPhone outright and do whatever they wanted). It's too cumbersome to sign up for a contract, have to pay for a pro-rated cell phone bill and than get charged a 36 dollar activation fee and than try to cancel/resell the iphone and pay the ETF. The way they designed it is to prevent resellers from profiting.

    Just imagine the original PS3 launch. I think surveys said 60% of people who were buying were planning to resale the PS3 for profit. Now if Sony required everyone to sign up for the PlayStation Network for a yearly contract (I know it's free) with every PS3 purchased, I think most people who really wanted a PS3 would have had one in the first few days it launched.
  8. Nykwil macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2002
    Boston, MA
    up, up, down, down, left, right, left right B, A, start


  9. Merlosso macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2008
    OK, here's the secret to getting an iPhone on 7/11. Please don't tell anyone because it's a secret. If everyone knows, it won't be a secret anymore.

    1. Go down to your local AT&T or Apple Store
    2. Make absolutely sure that the number of people in front of you in line (if there is a line) is less than or equal to 1/3 of the total number of iPhones in stock for the capacity/color you want. If you want a black 16GB phone and the store has 30, make sure you are number 10 in line just in case each person in front of you buys the limit of three in the same size and color.
    3. Have with you a credit card with enough room on it to buy an iPhone in your choice of capacity
    4. When you get to the front of the line, ask politely for the phone of your choice
    5. Have it activated
    6. Pay for it
    7. Go enjoy your phone

    And most importantly, know that I am just teasing and am not in anyway trying to be rude. ;)

    See you in line.
  10. Requiemm macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    LOL, good one.
  11. Merlosso macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2008
    Unless you have a friend with you and you both want an iPhone. In that case make sure to press "Select" before "Start". :D
  12. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    Depends on location.

    Our AT&T stores sold out in like 45 minutes the first day.

    The Apple Store still had them even throughout the end of the day.
  13. Diode macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    Lots of AT&T stores sold out on launch day because they had limited stock. Apple Stores a few hours after launch time is your best bet.
  14. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Stores won't sell out generally through the first weekend. They are going to have a bucketload of stock ready.
  15. tritonj macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2008
    i don't foresee a problem with getting one at launch, the one thing that keeps me from getting it at launch though is apple's track record as of late with new products, there always to be something wrong with the initial offering, but they do fix it very quickly.
  16. onlycopunk macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2008
    There is no secret. Get over it. Stop worrying.
  17. montecarloss919 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2008
    when will

    when will ATT stores open on july 11th?
  18. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Your guess is as good as mine! :p
  19. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    I'm crossing my fingers for an early morning launch, but the worse case scenario is that they close down mid day/evening and re-open back @ 6PM. Either way I'm taking the day off and stalking the scene early :D
  20. JZ Wire macrumors regular

    JZ Wire

    Dec 18, 2003
    Miami, FL
    Get there early and go to an Apple store. My At&t store sold out quick but the Apple store still had iPhones. GL! :)
  21. Geniusdog254 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2008
    AT&T Has about 76 million subscribers nationally, even at 10% that is 7.6 million people. Which comes to an astounding $228,000,000 a month on only the $30 data plan.

    Thank you have, have a nice day! :D
  22. d.mcdgll macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2008
    Why won't they say when the launch time is??!!??
  23. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    No kidding!!! They BETTER freaking have them when the store opens!
  24. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    The AT&T store is probably your best bet for two reasons:

    1) They'll recieve less of a crowd than the actual Apple store
    2) The people activating the phones are more experienced at it, so it'll be quicker.
    3) The Apple store is chaotic on any given day at any time for no reason. If there's a new iPhone, it'll be MOBBED! Think about your local AT&T store... it's usually got about 6 people in it.
  25. MacDryCleaner macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2007
    Well ... here is my tip

    I live in Minneapolis and we have 3 apple stores. the biggest apple store is in the mall of america. this store 'feeds' the other stores the inventory of computers, ipods and iphones so I figured that they would have the largest on hand inventory. the night of the big release I had one of my teenage employees go and stand in line for me and she was the 10th in line. I thought i was quite the genius and all I had to give her was a jamba juice gift card.

    anyway, after i bought my iphone i told the manager what a great job her staff did that night and shared my strategy. she told me i could have skipped having someone stand in line because i was right in the first place: that store did carry a huge inventory because they were 'feeding' the other stores. so, my advice to you is: find the biggest apple store in your area and you will be okee dokee.

    peace be with you and also with you

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