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The iPhone 3G comes out tomorrow.

  • The O2 shop in the Clarendon Centre will have "lots" in stock. It opens at 9am.
  • The Carphone Warehouse on Cornmarket will have 50 in stock (though you can put your name down today and sort of reserve one). It opens at 8am.
  • The Carphone Warehouse on Botley Road (on my way into work) is uncontactable by phone, ironically, so I have no idea when they open or how many iPhones they will have in stock.

I think j4 should: not buy an iPhone at all OH WAIT THAT'S NOT AN OPTION

get to town at 8am to buy an iPhone from Carphone Warehouse, that extra hour makes all the difference!
trust that the Carphone Warehouse on Botley Road will a) be open at 8am, and b) have enough iPhones to meet the demand of the West Oxford hipster massive
buy an iPhone from O2, they're more respectable and besides j4 will never actually get up that early anyway
queue outside beforehand just to make sure
stop worrying, just amble over to a shop whenever, there will actually only be a queue of, like, one person

ETA: the NOT AN OPTION bit was meant to appear at the end of the poll but LJ-poll-maker cocked it up! FAIL!


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aardvark179 From: aardvark179 Date: July 10th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wondering about buying a 16GB one. I shouldn't I mean I've already got a an iPhone, and I don't really need a shinier one, but...
covertmusic From: covertmusic Date: July 10th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to resist. My mobile has started randomly dropping calls in protest...
wechsler From: wechsler Date: July 10th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
A perfectly logical position to take, but on the other hand, it's NEW SHINY!
venta From: venta Date: July 10th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
(This is not an attempt to be sarky, it's a genuine question.)

What's the appeal of having an iPhone right from the minute they come out ? Even if all shops in the Western world have sold out by the time you reach them tomorrow, there'll be another shipment along in a week or so (I assume?)

With, say, tickets where there's a hard limit on how many there are available I get why you'd want to be queueing up. But I presume that there isn't a limit with manufactured goods in the same way, there might just be a few weeks' wait. So why the rush ?
addedentry From: addedentry Date: July 10th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Manufactured excitement; or 'making your own entertainment' (-:

I could probably have avoided hearing spoilers for the last Harry Potter book, but it was fun waiting for midnight with like-minded people.
venta From: venta Date: July 10th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I can understand that such a thing might be fun in itself - but j4 wasn't saying "hey, I'm really looking forward to queueing for the iPhone with likeminded people".

Also books - though I've never bought a book on publication day (I don't think) can, as you say, go off due to spoilers.

Obviously you want technology before it's obsolete, I'm just trying to understand why you might want it now rather than next week.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 11th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Why would you want someone to give you presents on Christmas Day? If they waited till January and bought them in the sales, they'd be cheaper.

lnr From: lnr Date: July 10th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I almost wish I'd done the "buy one the instant it comes out" with the wii fit, or at least got my email address on one of the waiting lists: they're still not generally in stock anywhere now except on Amazon and Play's marketplaces at hugely overinflated prices.
perdita_fysh From: perdita_fysh Date: July 11th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
They will come back. You couldn't get Wii Play at list price for anything around Christmas and I kept checking because I wanted one for my niece. When they still hadn't come in when Super Mario Kart came out I got her that instead, but I noticed in Game last week that they had hundreds now.

I'm in no rush for Wii Fit, I've not had time to play much Super Mario Galaxy yet. I can wait.
lnr From: lnr Date: July 12th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually I found somewhere online with a realtime pop-up stock checker, and got it from Amazon for RRP and free postage yesterday morning. Surprised at how simple it turned out to be.

Mario Kart seems pretty hard to find at the moment too :)
j4 From: j4 Date: July 11th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
What's the appeal of having an iPhone right from the minute they come out?

Shared excitement -- discovering the new things about it as soon as they're there. In my case, having an iPhone to take with me to the nerdy conference I'm going to in 2 weeks' time.

I believe people have been known to queue up to see films on the first day they're released, too....? :-}

Also, for "in a week or so" read "I may be able to get one by September if I'm lucky". :-( IMHO Apple/O2 have seriously misjudged their usual creating-artificial-scarcity thing: there are a lot of people who would have gladly queued for another god-knows-how-many hours this morning, but now are just pissed off.
truecatachresis From: truecatachresis Date: July 10th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You already HAS an iPhone, surely you don't need another one?
hatmandu From: hatmandu Date: July 10th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
iPod Touch, surely? Yikes - we're all obsessed with j4's digistuff.
truecatachresis From: truecatachresis Date: July 10th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I thought it was a full blown iPhone.

Maybe I'm just concerned about the supply because I might have accidentally ordered one...
j4 From: j4 Date: July 11th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I might have accidentally ordered one...

If you decide you don't like it, I'll gladly take it off your hands... :-}
perdita_fysh From: perdita_fysh Date: July 10th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Given that the ones available to preorder for existing customers sold out almost instantly after crashing the servers at O2 repeatedly, I'd go early if you want one now!
j4 From: j4 Date: July 11th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish I had gone half an hour earlier. :-(
imc From: imc Date: July 10th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
LiveJournal doesn't admit the existence of text within a poll that's not either a question or a selectable option, so that probably explains what happened to it. If you were intending to place the text after the end of the poll then that's another question entirely.
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j4 From: j4 Date: July 11th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I am the rabid mob. I thought that was fairly clear from the post, and I was trying to pre-empt the "oh, just wait a few months" response...

Besides, the early bugs will be in the firmware, and you can upgrade that once you've got the hardware.

As it is, it may be months before I can get one anyway, as stocks seem to be so scarce. :-(

vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: July 11th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I have heard not-goodness about the iPhone in its first manifestation and better things about the iPod generally. I'd wait until the dust settles.
j4 From: j4 Date: July 11th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I have an iPod Touch and an 80GB video iPod; I want an iPhone, early bugs and all (besides, the bugs will be in the firmware, which I'll upgrade anyway, and/or jailbreak anyway).

Yes, this is "I want I want I want". But, well, I'm a grown-up, and it's my money. (Birthday money, at that.)

Also, the cost of the iPhone is not that great compared to the cost of the contract, and that's money I'm paying anyway (and would carry on paying for the next howeverlong), but to Orange.

Anyway. I come from a family of enthusiastic early adopters, I first used a computer when I was still in nappies, if somebody had told me then "wait till computers have pictures and stuff" I probably wouldn't be in the job I'm in today. 8-)
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: July 11th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Silly me, the question was what would YOU do and i answered what I would do, which was Rong (da-doo-rong rong rong, da-doo wrong, wrong).

You early adopt and enjoy it!
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