"Don't go to an Apple store" for a iPhone?

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ebrunn

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Speaking to a reporter at the Wall Street Journal D: All Things Digital conference this week, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs advised against going to his company's own retail stores in search of an iPhone on launch day.

Jobs believes Apple retail stores may be the worst destination come the handset's release, as the outlets will be hampered by their sheer popularity.

"Don't go to an Apple store. It will be a madhouse there," the Apple boss told Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post. "People will be lined up around the block, sleeping on the sidewalk to get one."

Instead, Jobs advised Huffington to head towards an AT&T/Cingular store. "Most people don't know that they will be selling them too," he said.

Apparently, Jobs is unaware that the secret is out. Even so, it has been reported that most AT&T/Cingular locations will have less than 40 units on hand come roll-out, placing the notion of any such advantage by those stores into question.

Apple has yet to make an official announcement regarding a specific release date for iPhone, but Jobs reiterated during a D conference interview with the Journal's Walt Mossberg that his firm remains on track for a "late June" launch.

"Like the last day of June?," quipped Mossberg.

"Yeah, probably," Jobs said with a chuckle.
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/06/01/jobs_says_dont_go_to_an_apple_store_for_iPhone.html
 

ebrunn

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Just searched for stores around me in a ten mile radius and their are about 10 of them. I don't think that I will have a problem getting in line in at least one of them if the Apple Store line is already full.
 

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Without any Apple stores in my area, I guess this was never really an option for me anyway. Oh well, maybe I'll get one of the 40 at one of the three AT&T stores.
 

rebelace

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I think in the medium sized town I live in I am not going to really have to worry about lines. But I will still be there early just in case. And no I wasn't going to go to an Apple Store in the first place. People actually know about the product there lol.
 

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I think its reverse psychology. Who wants to go to an AT&T store? They won't know anything.
 

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I still plan on going to the local Apple store first. It may be a madhouse, but I think they will have more iPhones in stock than an AT&T store. I am really going to be bummed if I take the day off and am still unable to get my hands on an iPhone :eek:.
 

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I still plan on going to the local Apple store first. It may be a madhouse, but I think they will have more iPhones in stock than an AT&T store. I am really going to be bummed if I take the day off and am still unable to get my hands on an iPhone :eek:.
You could probably get your hands on one but you might not be able to take it home. :laugh2:
 

mav

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All I need them to know is how to hand me an iPhone after I hand them $600.
Well I have two AT&T corporate stores in LA within reasonable distance to me. One stated that they do not know how the iPhone will be sold yet to current AT&T customers. The other outright said that they will not sell the iPhone to current AT&T customers who are already under contract to preserve their stock for new customers only.

My best chance is the Apple store.
 

ColsTiger

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Well I have two AT&T corporate stores in LA within reasonable distance to me. One stated that they do not know how the iPhone will be sold yet to current AT&T customers. The other outright said that they will not sell the iPhone to current AT&T customers who are already under contract to preserve their stock for new customers only.

My best chance is the Apple store.
That's why I'm glad I've got one line that is currently not under contract anymore. I can go either way.:) If they don't want to sell to existing customers, I can just close that line and open a new one. Voila!
 
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That's why I'm glad I've got one line that is currently not under contract anymore. I can go either way.:) If they don't want to sell to existing customers, I can just close that line and open a new one. Voila!
This is the exact same thing with me. I have one line that was out of contract like 2 years ago, and the other that hasn't ended yet. I still need to figure this out, but either way, I want the iPhone real bad :D
 

ColsTiger

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The only one i am aware of is 59th st and 5th ave here in NYC, and when that opened, you couldn't get near it. i waited a day or 2 and went back in the evening when the rush finally died out.
Then I guess the big question will be "what time of the day will they actually start selling the iPhones?".