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Preordering: Is It Gonna Be a Nightmare?
I'm planning to preorder the 4S, but I'm wondering if it's gonna be a total nightmare. Maybe not as bad as standing in line for 10 hours, but I wonder about server crashes and people unable to complete orders, due to the extremely high volume of people trying to preorder. Is this just pessimism on my part, or does anyone else share my concerns on this?
Also, I'm trying to figure out where the best place to pre-order is. Apple.com or AT&T's site. Or can you only do it at apple.com? Or does apple.com just direct you to the provider of your choice? I'm a little new at this and wondering what the best option is. Anyone thought anyone may have would be appreciated.
- 10-06-2011, 11:05 AM #2
- 10-06-2011, 11:06 AM #3
I doubt it will be any worse than the Verizon launch... I got in right away, got an order confirmation, then the tracking number when it shipped so I could know when to be home for FedEx to drop it off. No worries. I don't think I'll ever do the whole "stand in line" thing - ever. Point, click, & ship is just to easy...Keith - iMore Moderator - The Mobile Nations/iMore Forum Rules
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- 10-06-2011, 11:15 AM #4
Not only that, you're talking about an ADDITIONAL carrier now being added to the online pre order fray- with Al 3 carriers ATT-Sprint-and verizon touching into Apple's servers.-----------------------------
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- 10-06-2011, 12:08 PM #5
Expect long lines...
Expect AT&T to foul up the registration/activation process...
Expect Apple stores to be the victims of AT&T's foul up, and end up with computer issues...
Expect limited quantities...
Expect Apple stores to be more efficient in processing than AT&T stores...
...honestly, this is part of the fun! The wait, the expectation and then the end result of having a shiny new iPhone to open up and setup!"Speed has never killed anyone; suddenly becoming stationary...that's what gets you." - Jeremy Clarkson
- 10-06-2011, 12:10 PM #6
Is it going to be indicated in the Apple website if it's not locked to any carrier? Because I would like to get it unlocked, even though it's more expensive in that manner. And btw, this is the first time I'm pre-ordering online for an iPhone and I dont know what to expect, haha.
- 10-06-2011, 12:17 PM #7
I'll be getting up around 3am as well, and will knock this out tomorrow.--
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- 10-06-2011, 12:20 PM #8
lol...muscle memory has made me leave out Verizon and Sprint...honestly, Verizon is a "bit" seasoned on this, but not to this extent, as they have never had a fresh, new iPhone release before.
Good luck to Sprint...having used them for a work phone for years, i can say their CS is probably the worst i have ever experienced, and i foresee absolutely calamity for them and the iPhone."Speed has never killed anyone; suddenly becoming stationary...that's what gets you." - Jeremy Clarkson
- 10-06-2011, 01:02 PM #9
- 10-06-2011, 01:05 PM #10
It's the internet...of course it will be a nightmare. The same scenario plays out every time something like this goes down; the exact same one. Expect about 30 seconds to order before the servers get crushed.
As for unlocked phones at Apple on launch day, I wouldn't count on it. But you never know.
Last edited by sting7k; 10-06-2011 at 01:08 PM.