1. flyersfan76's Avatar
    I'm driving out the from Lakeland, closest one to me. 45 minute drive.


    Ick. (I used to live in Plant City )

    Looks like there is one in Brandon and one at International Mall, so Tampa might not be too terrible.

    There is also one in Florida Mall and one in Millenia in Orlando. So maybe the Orlando people will stay over there and you might be okay with Brandon.

    Good luck!

    I have been to both places.

    No Apple store in Lakeland? Hmmm I was just about to make the recommendation to go to Lakeland. lol
    09-18-2012 12:24 PM
  2. metroidmen's Avatar
    I have been to both places.

    No Apple store in Lakeland? Hmmm I was just about to make the recommendation to go to Lakeland. lol
    Nope, Brandon is closest, with Tampa and Orlando following it. I'm going to get there at 6pm, walk in and ask where the line is. I'll wing it from there.
    09-18-2012 12:45 PM
  3. heberman's Avatar
    I'm going to show up late morning or early afternoon. If they run out of phones by the time I get there, I'll just wait until they are back in stock.
    09-18-2012 12:50 PM
  4. skiingmaniac00's Avatar
    Since I was having issues trying use get my work line upgraded to the iphone5, I had to go a different route (very long story). I thought about just getting in line at the store on Friday but then at last minute decided to preorder. Then I talk to a store rep and he said he will put my name on 1 if I pick it up in the morning when they open. Thankfully customer support cancelled my online order (ordered maybe 20minutes earlier) and confirmed with store rep to pick it up Friday.

    I'm moving from a Blackberry Torch 9850 to an iPhone...That is hard to say as I love BB business side of things, but like what the iphone can do better.
    09-18-2012 01:05 PM
  5. Bobbymoon's Avatar
    I will be at the Apple store in Rancho Cucamonga CA. They allowed you to line up about 6 in the morning. I was able to get the iPhone 4S no problem.
    I called and spoke with them this morning, they pretty much confirmed what you said. Victoria Gardens won't allow overnight camping and they should let people start lining up around 5-6. I plan to call back later in the week to confirm. I am aiming to be there closer to 4, fingers crossed.
    09-18-2012 03:02 PM
  6. PreMaster's Avatar
    Dont go to an apple store. go to best buy. wait about 2 hours before it opens. Walk right in and buy it and leave.
    09-18-2012 05:09 PM
  7. monhall's Avatar
    Haters gotta... well, you know,
    Yes....yes, they do. Sad, but true. They just have to...
    09-18-2012 05:17 PM
  8. jeffnucci's Avatar
    I'm going to the Southcenter Apple Store in Tukwila, WA at 3:30am. I went there at 5am for the iPhone 4 launch and walked in and out when it opened at 7. That was of course when you could reserve a phone though. I'm nervous for Friday, I must have the 5 NOW. I love Apple lines though. Lots of fun.
    09-18-2012 07:04 PM
  9. Lynx's Avatar
    I have never waited in line for an Apple product launch, but I have camped out in front of Best Buy for the Xbox 360 launch. I went with 2 other co-workers and oh man it was a blast. We had people bringing us drinks. One guy had a generator, TV, and original Xbox and people were playing Halo. It was so much fun, the only downside was it was November in Ohio and it got cold.
    09-18-2012 07:16 PM
  10. alex.shimp's Avatar
    When the 4 came out, I per-ordered for in store pickup, and showed up about 9pm the night before at the Apple Store in International Plaza here in Tampa. I was about 20th or so in line. But about midnight, the mall security split the line up at the end of the side walk by rob & stucky By the time they let people in the line was wrapped all the way around the other side and into another parking lot. Those of us that per-ordered were let in about 20 at a time as apposed to the walk ups that were let in about 1-5 for every twenty per-order's.
    09-18-2012 07:24 PM
  11. Quis89's Avatar
    We know we are talkin about a phone right?
    09-18-2012 09:27 PM
  12. mtmjr90's Avatar
    We know we are talkin about a phone right?
    You know you're on a site dedicated to iPhone/iOS enthusiasts...a site which is part of a broader network of phone enthusiast news/fan sites right?
    09-18-2012 09:49 PM
  13. MikeDVB's Avatar
    I tend to show up at 5am when the doors open at 7.
    09-19-2012 03:42 AM
  14. canguler87's Avatar
    The 3G wasn't nearly as popular as the 5 is going to be. When the 4 came out people were standing in line from the night before.
    Same as now at Munich
    09-19-2012 05:51 AM
  15. Quis89's Avatar
    You know you're on a site dedicated to iPhone/iOS enthusiasts...a site which is part of a broader network of phone enthusiast news/fan sites right?
    This is the only site where people wait weeks ahead of time for a phone though. A phone...

    I'll never understand the hold Apple has over people. Nice products no doubt...but to camp for one? It can't be that serious. Especially if you have a 4s already.
    09-19-2012 10:50 AM
  16. ALborntoride's Avatar
    This is the only site where people wait weeks ahead of time for a phone though. A phone...

    I'll never understand the hold Apple has over people. Nice products no doubt...but to camp for one? It can't be that serious. Especially if you have a 4s already.
    It's the same as waiting on the new Xbox or Playstation...I'm a fan of both and have went to many a mid-night release for games and systems not because they have "a hold" of me but because i love games and its fun to go and hang out with people that have the same interests as i do.
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    09-19-2012 11:10 AM
  17. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    It's the same as waiting on the new Xbox or Playstation...I'm a fan of both and have went to many a mid-night release for games and systems not because they have "a hold" of me but because i love games and its fun to go and hang out with people that have the same interests as i do.
    It's the same as lining up eight hours before Garth Brooks tickets went on sale just so I could get tickets to a concert which I have done. Twice.

    If people want something that bad, they'll do anything to get it even if it means camping out for a week in front of an Apple store.
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    09-19-2012 11:19 AM
  18. ALborntoride's Avatar
    It's the same as lining up eight hours before Garth Brooks tickets went on sale just so I could get tickets to a concert which I have done. Twice.

    If people want something that bad, they'll do anything to get it even if it means camping out for a week in front of an Apple store.
    LOVE me some Garth Brooks..."ain't going down to the sun comes up" one of my favs and yes i can sing the entire song...LOL
    09-19-2012 11:43 AM
  19. chris_ziko's Avatar
    Do they let you buy the iPhone full price in the store for verizon? I want to keep the unlimited data and dont have an upgrdae and dont want to show up 8 hours early and leave empty handed
    09-19-2012 01:10 PM
  20. RICO78jt's Avatar
    what time do you think these apple stores will be sold out at???


    If I go late morning do i have a chance?
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    09-19-2012 02:40 PM
  21. sau124's Avatar
    I seriously doubt going late in the morning will help you get a phone.

    I would recommend driving down around 6 and then 10ish to see the condition. The latest I would recommend is midnight. Most people working second shifts end up around that time and probably that is the make it break situation.

    Just my 2 cents.
    09-19-2012 03:13 PM
  22. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    This is the only site where people wait weeks ahead of time for a phone though. A phone...

    I'll never understand the hold Apple has over people. Nice products no doubt...but to camp for one? It can't be that serious. Especially if you have a 4s already.
    You should see the people that camp for video games LOL. Sure not as massive as iPhone but it's what they prefer to do with their time and money. What's it to you?
    ALborntoride likes this.
    09-19-2012 03:18 PM
  23. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    what time do you think these apple stores will be sold out at???


    If I go late morning do i have a chance?
    Depends...........
    09-19-2012 03:20 PM
  24. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    Do they let you buy the iPhone full price in the store for verizon? I want to keep the unlimited data and dont have an upgrdae and dont want to show up 8 hours early and leave empty handed
    Yes. If they have them in stock, you can buy full price.

    what time do you think these apple stores will be sold out at???


    If I go late morning do i have a chance?
    Depends. The Apple store east of me sold out of the 4s iPhones rather quickly. The Verizon store near my work said they sold over a couple hundres 4s iPhones in two hours.
    09-19-2012 03:37 PM
  25. BlackAppDevFem's Avatar
    Actually just found out I don't have to pay an deposit for iPhone 5 on Verizon I'll be there bright and early on Friday instead of AT&T
    09-20-2012 01:51 AM
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