1. simplylaurakb's Avatar
    Who has had experience with this? Pros /cons to each? Thanks!
    10-04-2011 08:41 PM
  2. E_Brown's Avatar
    When I pre ordered online with the Verizon release in Feb, I got my phone a day or 2 early. Also if you stand in line, you aren't guaranteed to get a phone. If I were you, I would pre order online.
    10-04-2011 08:46 PM
  3. Fausty82's Avatar
    Standing on line is time consuming, but with all the Apple folks and Apple fans, it's like a big party in the mall at 6 am.
    10-04-2011 08:46 PM
  4. E_Brown's Avatar
    Standing on line is time consuming, but with all the Apple folks and Apple fans, it's like a big party in the mall at 6 am.
    Also Apple usually makes it pretty nice giving out coffee and stuff like that. Atleast at the Apple by my house they do this. Which on a side note is the same Apple store Rene got his Ipad2's at in the U.S. on the release date.
    10-04-2011 08:48 PM
  5. Fausty82's Avatar
    Also Apple usually makes it pretty nice giving out coffee and stuff like that. Atleast at the Apple by my house they do this. Which on a side note is the same Apple store Rene got his Ipad2's at in the U.S. on the release date.
    Yep, they passed out some danish, coffee and bottled water for both the iPhone4 and iPad2 launches here at "my" Apple store.

    The downside is that it can take a while.
    10-04-2011 08:55 PM
  6. simplylaurakb's Avatar
    If you pre-order and stand in line, do you still need to be there all night? I did stand in line for the iPad 2 (no preorders), and it was fun, though I didn't get there early enough to get one that day...
    10-04-2011 08:56 PM
  7. E_Brown's Avatar
    I'm not sure that if you pre order, you are able to pick it up in the store. When I pre order, I just have it delivered to my house. Just need to make sure someone is home to sign for it, as that is required, they won't just leave it on your door step.
    10-04-2011 08:58 PM
  8. Fausty82's Avatar
    If you pre-order and stand in line, do you still need to be there all night? I did stand in line for the iPad 2 (no preorders), and it was fun, though I didn't get there early enough to get one that day...
    Probably not overnight. I pre-ordered my iPhone 4, got there about 6:00 and was home by 10:30. But by getting there at 6:00 am, I was pretty far back in the line. But still way ahead of others.

    And your location may factor in, too. The Phoenix area has 4 or 5 Apple stores, so it wasn't TOO crowded. My sister-in-law in Indy stood in line at their lone Apple store for about 9 hours to get her iPad2.
    10-04-2011 09:00 PM
  9. boomhower1820's Avatar
    I'm not a line guy. Still haven't decided but if I get one it will be delivered.
    10-04-2011 09:00 PM
  10. Premium1's Avatar
    I preorded the i4 on verizon and got it a few days before it was in stores, so that took out the hassle of going to a store. Although there wasn't lines for the i4 so who knows how this will be. Most likely won't be that large of lines, atleast not on verizon.
    10-04-2011 09:01 PM
  11. SurfStoked's Avatar
    Pre-order and delivered! Wouldn't you rather be "waiting in line" in the comfort of your own home? (If you know what I mean)
    10-04-2011 09:05 PM
  12. simplylaurakb's Avatar
    I don't know. I think it would be fun to be surrounded by people as nutty as I am!
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    10-04-2011 09:07 PM
  13. E_Brown's Avatar
    I don't know. I think it would be fun to be surrounded by people as nutty as I am!
    Standing in line definately adds to the excitement, but I don't think I will do it again. Especially since there will be people from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint all in the same like at Apple. I think last time they had the pre order, you were able to pick a time that you wanted to pick it up to cut down on lines. So that may make it a little easier. If you have never done it before, and would like to experience it, give it a whirl.
    10-04-2011 09:12 PM
  14. ame's Avatar
    Ill probably go to the ATT store. I am in a weird situation so I figure it's just easier. I just hope I don't wait 2 weeks for the thing.
    10-04-2011 09:18 PM
  15. simplylaurakb's Avatar
    If I do do the stand-in-line-at-the-store thing, mall store or free-standing store? I'm in the DC area, so plenty to choose from... For a mall store, where do people line up before the mall opens?
    10-04-2011 09:21 PM
  16. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    I remember the first and only time I stood in line at an Apple Store (Kenwood/Cincinnati) was for the original iPod lol.
    10-04-2011 09:24 PM
  17. E_Brown's Avatar
    If I do do the stand-in-line-at-the-store thing, mall store or free-standing store? I'm in the DC area, so plenty to choose from... For a mall store, where do people line up before the mall opens?
    The Mall in my area was open over night, and people were allowed to go in, and line up. People started lining up the day before. Inside the mall is nice if it is cold, or rainy, but outside is nice if the weather is good.
    10-04-2011 09:27 PM
  18. Ringfinger's Avatar
    This all sounds like the Verizon release ha ha! I would preorder and wait for the package, much quicker and easier than standing in line.
    10-04-2011 09:37 PM
  19. redbeard's Avatar
    Standing on line is time consuming, but with all the Apple folks and Apple fans, it's like a big party in the mall at 6 am.
    It sure was fun last year, sad to miss it this time, I doubt there will be half the people at the malls this time..
    Last edited by redbeard; 10-05-2011 at 12:33 AM.
    10-04-2011 10:07 PM
  20. CG68's Avatar
    I won't stand in a line to buy a phone. I'll either preorder or just stop @ one of the Vz store nearby and pick one up as long as there is no line. I did that once the day after Thanksgiving and got up early to get a deal on a monitor. Hopefully never again.
    10-04-2011 11:48 PM
  21. simplylaurakb's Avatar
    I just called Apple, and was told that anything ordered online has to be delivered, it can't be picked up. I asked about reserving, and she said I would have to go into the store to reserve one ahead of time. ??? She honestly didn't inspire much confidence in me, so I'm not sure if I can trust what she told me. And I don't see anything on the website about reserving/picking up. Thoughts?
    10-05-2011 10:33 AM
  22. blwatson's Avatar
    Pre-Order online. Although I have never actually ordered an iPhone pre-order it is definitely way easier to do online
    10-05-2011 11:00 AM
  23. Fausty82's Avatar
    The iPhone 4 launch offered either option through Apple. Not sure why that changed (or THAT it changed). Time will tell - as the 7th approaches, we will see more details emerge.
    10-05-2011 11:07 AM
  24. KingofHeart4711's Avatar
    I just called Apple, and was told that anything ordered online has to be delivered, it can't be picked up. I asked about reserving, and she said I would have to go into the store to reserve one ahead of time. ??? She honestly didn't inspire much confidence in me, so I'm not sure if I can trust what she told me. And I don't see anything on the website about reserving/picking up. Thoughts?
    If you ORDER it online of course its being delivered but last year you had an option of actually "reserving" one and setting up a pickup time. When They opened last year they split it into two line, walkins and reservations...guess what line got theirs first? I watched a bunch of people show up after opening and hop in the short reservation line and still get their phone before me and I was fifth in line of the people who waited all night. The only thing about reservations is I think you have to get them by the end of the day and then they go up for grabs. Im thinking this year with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, AND The apple sotre selling them, there should be no problem getting one. I waited all night for the iPhone 4 and it was a fun experience but next time I think I will reserve it.
    10-05-2011 11:34 AM
  25. jodime's Avatar
    Does anyone know what time they'll start the online preorders? I'm traveling on Friday morning (figures!). I heard preorder for the iP4 started at 3am EST. Anyone know how fast the preorders sell out? I'd hate to get up at 3am if I can't really go back to sleep (early flight).
    10-05-2011 11:35 AM
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