Happy iPhone 3G launch morning, everybody!

I'm currently standing (well, sitting) in line with about 150 people (I'm about 65th in line) at the Clarendon, VA Apple Store.  I arrived at 6am.  The earliest folks got here late yesterday evening.

Everybody's having a good time and excitement is in the air.  As I type this, we're just one hour away from iPhone 3G, here in the DC area.

Have a look at my photo gallery of the event, which I will update through the morning.

  • billy

    I waited in line for six hours, only to be let into the store to wait in another line for an hour more. The people at the Clarendon, VA store were totally clueless. Most of them were just standing around doing nothing other than laughing and giggling, while the customers sat there patiently. And to make matters worse, almost every Apple employee was condescending and rude. They treated us like we were morons. And to add insult to injury, it turned out that I have a corporate discount from work that I was not even aware of. Once the Mac Geniu....Moron, figured this out, he basically told me to leave and that there was nothing they could do about it. I mean, I know I was sort of in the fault here, but at least be courteous. They probably were having a rough day, but that is no excuse to treat customers standing outside for six hours like complete shit. I will never go inside the Apple Store in Claredon again. Apple and AT&T totally blew this one.

  • billy

    I waited in line for six hours, only to be let into the store to wait in another line for an hour more. The people at the Clarendon, VA store were totally clueless. Most of them were just standing around doing nothing other than laughing and giggling, while the customers sat there patiently. And to make matters worse, almost every Apple employee was condescending and rude. They treated us like we were morons. And to add insult to injury, it turned out that I have a corporate discount from work that I was not even aware of. Once the Mac Geniu....Moron, figured this out, he basically told me to leave and that there was nothing they could do about it. I mean, I know I was sort of in the fault here, but at least be courteous. They probably were having a rough day, but that is no excuse to treat customers standing outside for six hours like complete shit. I will never go inside the Apple Store in Claredon again. Apple and AT&T totally blew this one.

  • billy

    So I went back after talking to AT&T, who said that I never should have been turned away in the first place. Walked right in to the store and had my phone in under 10 minutes. And everyone was real nice this time around. Go figure.

    STOKEDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!

  • billy

    So I went back after talking to AT&T, who said that I never should have been turned away in the first place. Walked right in to the store and had my phone in under 10 minutes. And everyone was real nice this time around. Go figure.

    STOKEDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @billy: I had a rough time, not knowing I was part of an office AT&T corporate plan so was told that I needed to buy at AT&T store. I opted to start a new plan and take the $175 early-cancellation hit. Apple apparently lets one return an iPhone w/in 30 days w/ no early-cancellation hit, so I will go negotiate with AT&T (god help me) and try to get them to kill the new account and roll the phone together.

    But I found the staff felt genuinely sorry for what was happening. I thought this in particular. The people I dealt with were wonderful. I guess we were on different sides of the store. :-)

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @billy: I had a rough time, not knowing I was part of an office AT&T corporate plan so was told that I needed to buy at AT&T store. I opted to start a new plan and take the $175 early-cancellation hit. Apple apparently lets one return an iPhone w/in 30 days w/ no early-cancellation hit, so I will go negotiate with AT&T (god help me) and try to get them to kill the new account and roll the phone together.

    But I found the staff felt genuinely sorry for what was happening. I thought this in particular. The people I dealt with were wonderful. I guess we were on different sides of the store. :-)

  • Eric

    Hey I was at the Clarendon line too, about 60th! Cool that you were there :D

  • Eric

    Hey I was at the Clarendon line too, about 60th! Cool that you were there :D

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    I was 60-70th in line. When the line was sitting, I was just on the Apple Store side of the walkway that cuts back to the left of Barnes & Nobel.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    I was 60-70th in line. When the line was sitting, I was just on the Apple Store side of the walkway that cuts back to the left of Barnes & Nobel.