A Geek’s Three Favorite Words: Out For Delivery



For two days, it seemed like our iPhone 3G Ss (is that really the correct plural form?) were frozen in Alaska. They started in Shenzhen, China, on the 17th, took a short island vacation in Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong, and landed in Anchorage on the same day. And then nothing. For two days, there were no tracking updates. Apple (s AAPL) sent us a pre-emptive note saying that tracking data was slightly hosed but that we’d get the new iPhones on time. And today my three favorite words are showing: “Out For Delivery.”

Of course I tweeted that as my favorite three words and then other geeky suggestions came though:

  • Mike Temporale includes “Currently In Stock”
  • Mike also says “Line Starts Here,” but that’s because Matt Miller decided to get in line for a new iPhone 3G S this morning. Matt, we’re going to have to have an intervention one of these days, really soon, ‘k?
  • Steven Hughes is a geek of fewer words: “Is Delivered” (Hopefully to the correct address, Steven!)
  • Lulu offers the worst trio: “Attempted Not Delivered”
  • David Chartier likes a personalized longer phrase: “Here You Go, Mr. Chartier.” Well, well, Mr. Fancy Pants. ;)

I really used to hate these three words: “Batteries Not Included.” Ugh. Got your own fave three words as a gadget geek? Add ’em the comments! Oh and props to Dwight Silverman for this tweet, which I am TOTALLY on board with:

“I’m boycotting the space between the G and the S in iPhone 3GS.”

Update: Apparently I forgot about these three words, but the UPS man kindly reminded me: “Please Sign Here”. ;)



I got up and hit the Apple Store at the mall this morning. Got my 3Gs after 2.5 hours of standing in “reserved” line. They’re still insisting on activating the phones. Of course their idea of “activation” left me with no phone service for a solid hour after I left the store as at&t’s servers tried to shoulder the load.

My sound bite: The rubicon has been crossed, the 3Gs feels like a desktop computer. The extra RAM, the faster CPU and JPG offload onto the GPU has made for a whole new experience: a desktop experience. Of course that’s with it WiFi’d into my 50Mbps Comcast cable internet service… YMMV. :-)


FedEx just delivered my 3G “S”, even though the tracking info said delivery on Monday. For once, AT&T under promised and over delivered…

James n

I walked up to the local mall AT&T kiost about 7:30 today an was second in line and walked out with 2 new 3 G S’s at the discount rate even though I bought my 3 G’s in August.


Congrats…this geek hasn’t had the pleasure of hearing or seeing these words yet!

Mine went from Alaska to Kentucky where it sat for two days…now it’s sitting in Oakland, California.

Why must they toy with me this way!


I was out to Home Depot about 7:10 this morning (EDT) for paint. Decided to stop by the ATT store on the way back. Walked in, got the GS 32GB for $299 even though I’ve only had the 3G for 11 months, and left within 10 minutes.

No lines, and got the full discount (without thinking that I deserved it)!

Who knew!!! – Jim


A Geek’s Three Favorite Words: Out For Delivery” = Best Caption Ever! :) I dont have an iPhone on preorder but I feel that way everytime I buy anything online!
Shout out to the elfs who work at amazon, newegg, tigerdirect, buy.com and ebay :)

Fred Beiderbecke

Some Assembly Required on the not favorite list.


long time reader, love your site!
very happy that I pre-ordered from Apple this time. iPhone 3GS (32GB) in hand and no long Apple waits!
video recording is great

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