Finally Got an iPhone

I woke up around 4:30am to drop a friend off at her car.

I was tired. I was cranky. But I wanted an iPhone.

I headed over to our Apple Store in Huntsville, and began waiting in line.

I was about number thirty, so getting an iPhone was almost assured. It was just a matter of waiting.

And waiting. And even more waiting.

As the store opened at 8am, the employees ran through the crowd, handing out water and high-fives. They were excited.

However, the line was moving at a snail’s pace. Then the line stopped moving.

The manager came out and explained, “We’re having activation issues with ATT. As soon as they are fixed, we’ll allow more people in.”

Luckily the weather was overcast, but eventually around 10am, the sun peeked out.

More water was handed out, and some of the employees started handing out snacks.

I was about number two in line at this point, with the sun directly over me. I laid down on the hot concrete and closed my eyes praying for relief.

“We can take two more.” the lady at the door said.

As I walked into the air-conditioned store, I gave the door lady a huge hug.

While in the store, there was more waiting.

“Feel free to surf the net guy.” one of the employees told me. I was so tired that I couldn’t even stare at a computer.

After about 45 minutes of waiting inside the store, it was finally my turn to get an iPhone. An employee walked me through the application process, and about thirty minutes later my iPhone was activated.

Unfortunately it wasn’t ready for calling yet since the iTunes store was down and the iPhone needed to be registered with Apple.

I finally walked out of the store about 11:45am, about 7 hours after I began waiting in line.

As soon as I made it home, I crashed. And when I woke up, the iTunes store was back up. I then proceeded to import my contacts and make some of my first ever text messages.

I don’t know if I’ll ever wait in line for a phone again, but having the iPhone is a wonderful luxury.

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Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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18 thoughts on “Finally Got an iPhone”

  1. Congrats!! I can’t imagine waiting in line that long for something, but maybe that’s just me. Wouldn’t it be just as good to go the second day and get one without waiting in line? I guess they could be sold out by then.

    Personally, I use Sprint, and I’m eying the new Instinct. It’s pretty slick.

  2. @Andrew,

    Yes it was a long time, but worth it the more I use it.

    I suppose I could’ve waited even longer, but I’ve been wanting the new iPhone ever since it came out last June.

  3. I was one of those people waiting in line at Brisbane, Australia but I only decided to do so at lunch time and I was lucky enough to get one of the last phones after a two and half hour wait in line.

    Several people passed the line muttering little gems such as ‘crazy people’ but I’ve seen people lining up for dumber things.

    We didn’t even get the first version here in Australia so the mania was a little higher I think and so far I haven’t encountered anyone who is not happy with it.

  4. I haven’t taken the plunge quite yet. ATT screwed me over, literally, and pretended I wasn’t an account holder for over 3 years…. long story, but the bottom line is I don’t know if I will ever go back… which is unfortunate, because I want an iPhone, they are ridiculous. You really wanted that one bad, waiting that long to get it… I’m sure it was well worth it though now that you have your new gadget.

  5. I checked out the 3G over the weekend. What a great device. Now that you have been using it for awhile, have you encountered any problems that would make you hesitate to buy it if you didn’t have one yet?

  6. The Google Phone has great potential, but for now, the iPhone seems to be dominating.

    By the way, the “Google Phone” is actually called the “T-Mobile G1.” It’s the world’s first Android-powered phone. The Android platform is a software stack for mobile devices including an operating system, middleware and key applications.

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