iPhone Campout Live Blog


Up and running!

Sorry for the delay in updates! When I tried to activate my iPhone, AT&T turned service to my Treo off, but the iPhone still wasn’t activated. I went about 2 1/2 hours without any cell coverage. When I couldn’t get a WiFi signal at the Apple Store, I decided to get out of there and find a hotspot.

I found a nice coffee shop and by the time I plugged in (about 8:30 PM) the iPhone activated and I was in business. Wow, what an amazing device! I had a long drive home so I still haven’t had a lot of time to play with it but I have seen enough to know it’s everything I thought it would be and more. What an elegant device!

I have several friends who also got iPhones. One friend of mine walked into an Apple Store at 7:30 PM and bought an iPhone in less than 10 minutes with no wait. It’s okay, I really enjoyed hanging out all day and getting my hands on one first. My only regret is that I didn’t get to post as much here as I would have liked. Still, it was a successful day and I hope everyone who wanted one got an iPhone.

7:57 PM – No Service

I lost service on my Treo… soon after trying to activate my iPhone my Treo stopped working. I had to find a coffee shop with free WiFi.

When I plug in my iPhone it tells me it needs additional time to activate, and the rep at the Apple Store said it could take up to 6 hours! I waited in line for 10 hours, so what’s another 6, right?!

Right now all I can do is look at this pretty phone and hope it starts working soon… I wonder if other people are having the same problem….

6:39 PM – Trouble Activating

Well this is interesting. I can’t get the iPhone to activate. It said it would email me when it was complete. I can’t do anything but call 911 right now, so I’m patiently awaiting an email.

6:20 PM – Here it is! photo_062907_012.jpg
6:05 PM – Going In
5:55 PM – Entering Soon
5:30 PM – Black Curtain Removed

They will be letting small groups of people in at a time so they can “experience” the iPhone. I just hope small group means 50 so I can get my hands on one!

4:00 PM – Anxiously Waiting

In just two hours, the iPhone goes on sale…

2:00 PM – Store is Closed iPhone Campout - Apple Store Closed iPhone Campout - Employee Meeting
1:00 PM Update
12:00 PM Update

After four hours, it’s not really that bad but I’m predicting that the line will grow the most between 2PM and launch, when the Apple Store is closed. I originally planned to come up around 1PM thinking that the line would start when the store closed. Boy am I glad I decided to come when the mall opened!

11:00 AM Update
10:00 AM Update just

iPhone Campout Line 3
iPhone Campout - Apple Store

More updates at 11 AM… Stay tuned.

9:00 AM Update iPhone Campout Line 2
8:00 AM Line at the Apple Store


Brandon Eley

Sorry you guys are still having problems. Mine activated in about 2 1/2 hours and my wife’s activated almost instantly, but it took a while for the data services to work. I’ve heard a lot of reports of people who are having problems activating… That seems to be more of an AT&T network issue; I’m sure they’re getting slammed right now with millions upon millions of activations.


I was about 850 in line at the same store. Took the lazy route and showed up late. Great crowd, lots of interesting people, and lots of excitement. Even some famous “faces” locking in on the new iPhone in Atlanta:


Well, after spending almost an hour on the phone with ATT to change my biz. plan to a personal plan I then went through the activation process. It said I was activated but would receive an email. It’s now 17 hours later and still no email. Additionally, this is a second line for my att plan which is also a port number from my Verizon account. All I can do is look at my iPhone and play with the Emergency Only call slide bar. Anyone else with this issue?


Been 8 hours and still not live. Is this what is happenning to others. I am trying to do a family plan and they haven’t even asked me about the other phone.I do not have high hopes…No support from ATT..this could be returned.


I have a queston,

if you use gmail, does it stay in sync with the web client? or is it just like mail.app

Ty Morton

I’m so glad I waited in line only to go home and wait for an email from AT&T.

Is anyone activated yet?

Brandon Eley

LOL Louis, I would but my wife has claimed the other one already. She watched the videos on Apple.com a few days ago and has instructed me to get her one “or else.” Since the limit is 2 per customer, I don’t think I’ll have any to pawn on eBay. :)


So, I’m guessing they completed their remodeling job. I stopped by there two months ago. It was the first time I had been in Lennox Square Mall in 12 years. I wasn’t missing much. It must have the worst floorplan of any mall in the country. I kept running into dead ends.

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