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Ars reports that AT&T stores will be closing early on June 29th in order to setup and prepare for the 6pm launch of the iSecondComing, er, iPhone. There will be nice velvet ropes to que the eager techies into the stores and handle sales on a […]

Ars reports that AT&T stores will be closing early on June 29th in order to setup and prepare for the 6pm launch of the iSecondComing, er, iPhone. There will be nice velvet ropes to que the eager techies into the stores and handle sales on a first come first served basis. Oh, and they’ll be closing at 10pm in case the 4 phones per store hold out that late…

Couple questions comes to mind:

1 – How many people will really be lining up for this ‘event’? OS X releases are generally mad houses – and those are attended only by Mac-wielding fans. With the iPhone being an equal opportunity (or OS) piece of tech, this could be one crazy night. I’ve a feeling these AT&T retails stores are in over their heads on this one.

2 – Will the AT&T employees be instructed to clap and cheer when they open the doors, similar to big Apple Store events? Will there be Apple Store staff on hand to supplement the AT&T staff?

Should be one interesting evening my friends. Who’s going to be attending?

  1. hoardes. Not to be a spelling nazi…

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  2. fog city dave Tuesday, June 19, 2007

    Actually, no, you’re both wrong. The word is “hoards”. Sheesh, get an editor for the love of god. Having misspellings in your story headlines is just pathetic.

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  3. Ummm… Actually, in this context it’s “hordes”. Be nice.

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  4. You’re hired Fog City Dave. The pay sucks, but no more spelling errors I spose….

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  5. I was wondering the same thing. Personally, the timing (and my location) is just barely off for me, so it looks like I won’t be able to line up like I’d like to. Hopefully one can buy one online somehow (and, if so, hopefully the education discount still applies).

    Anyway, the one difference between the iPhone and, say, Tiger’s launch is that most people could just go out and grab Tiger. Not everyone who wants an iPhone is going to be able to leap out of their contract with other carriers. Some might be waiting a couple months, some might decide to wait another year until their service is up, and some will be there on Friday to pick it up no matter what. It’ll be interesting how launch day ends up.

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  6. I will definitely be getting one, if possible. I actually called a Cingular store today and they said that most stores won’t even get them in stock, people have to order them when they come in. Not sure if I buy that though.

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  7. I’ll be there.

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  8. I’ve been to 8 different AT&T stores in the past month, and in each one there is only 1 person up front helping people and another (the manager) hiding in the back room.

    If there is going to be any “events” AT&T sure doesn’t seem like they know about it.

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  9. 4 phones per store? Yeesh. If that’s general knowledge it should be enough to keep the lines fairly short (why stand in line 20 deep if they only have 4?).

    Having Apple staff on hand would be huge, as by my experience the average Apple Store employee runs circles around most phone pushing folks, no matter the carrier.

    But I think the Apple crews will have their hands full.

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  10. I’ll wait until it supports GSM and can be purchased unlocked without a contract to a cell phone duopoly.

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