I felt like I should do my due diligence so here it goes:
I've been wanting an iphone since the first rumors started way back when (ok a couple years ago). I had a Verizon contract that expired May 30, 2008 so I knew I had to wait, and suddenly the stars aligned and Apple gave the official date the new Iphone would be available and I knew it was to be. Next, I realized that I had scheduled my vacation and was going to be in Chautauqua, NY and was momentarily horrified that there would be nowhere to get the IP3G (there is NO close Apple store). Fortunately, AT&T did an excellent job at listing what stores would be carrying it and I found one here in Jamestown, about 15 minutes from the summer cottage I'm staying at. I went in Wednesday to talk to them and tried to get a feel if there was going to be a wait or not. A lot of people had been coming in inquiring about the IP3G and several, I was told, said they were going to camp out. I said I'd be damned if I'm going to miss this opportunity and decided to go early in the morning (I got there at 5:45am). When I got there, a couple of college kids were camped out with blankets, camping chairs, and their macbook which was running off of an outlet at the strip-mall where this store was located and were receiving wireless from the tire company next door. I was third in line. I sat, drank my coffee and at a unmentioned terrible for me breakfast product and waited. An hour later we were a group of 4, watching as the AT&T employees showed up, starting around 6:30pm. In this store they had 5, check out stations. Everyone was very friendly greeting us, 5 total by 7am, and all the employees had showed up. At 7:30 they came out and began to get some basic information, were we porting numbers or new customers, our names, which phones did we want, and our place in line. At ten till we were queued and ready to go. The second 8am hit, we were in. They asked all the basic questions for the credit check and then asked which plans we wanted, if we wanted an accessory bundle (car charger, case, bluetooth ear-pierce). Then the porting process began and that took a few minutes. Finally, they went to activate and the system hiccuped. The poor AT&T guy had his first technical hitch. I waited patiently while their national tech support tried to do something I guess, eventually they decided to just start over and that worked. Following activation, they their own special sync with the Itunes store. After waiting 10 minutes for it to complete, we were notified that the Itunes store had crashed but my phone was ready to go. The itunes store is still down as I speak but I have my phone, it's active and I am super happy. I'm sure itunes will be sorted out relatively soon and the moment I've been waiting years for is here and now. Super thrilled. Please share your experiences. I would definitely like to hear them!!!
BTW, I chose the 16gb white phone and it's beautiful. White was by far, the most popular for everyone I watched getting their phones as I sat and chatted with the friendly guy I worked with (everyone was very professional and I'd waited long enough I did not mind at all waiting an extra hour). I left the store at 9:05 am.