Well, last night around midnight I and two buddies headed out to the AT&T store in our local area to get ourselves some iPhone 3Gs. I didn’t expect the same kind of turn out as last year, and I didn’t expect the same kinds of problems as last year.
I got both.
The line stretched 50 or more people long at this store, and the other one down the block. We waited the night out with very little eventful happening. I twittered a bit, and we talked with a few of the people in line, but we mostly kept to ourselves.
Around 6:30 a.m. the AT&T reps began to make their way into the line and being to try and sell us stuff like accessories and Dish Network. 8:00 a.m. rolled around and everything was running smoothly. They let the first twelve of us in and we each went to a representative.
The problem was, so did everyone else at every AT&T and Apple store across the country. So – of course – nothing really happened. We eventually got our iPhones, but as I type this, they are still useless because of the fact that we couldn’t connect to iTunes in the store.
After waiting for around 10 minutes they told us to just take the iPhones home and connect them through our own copies of iTunes so we could unbrick them. After having changed everything out, however, my original iPhone would no longer connect to the Internet, although I can still receive phone calls. Wi-Fi works too.
So – right now I’m staring a shiny new iPhone. Hopefully, I’ll get to use it soon.
Last year, Apple suffered from the same kind of problems for quite a while – right now we have no idea how long that’s going to last. Feel free to leave comments below if you have any luck getting yours up and running.