That is the question everyone is asking as we draw closer to the release date announcement at WWDC. So what’s the best way to get the iPhone 2.0? Well. For those of us who were lucky enough to have the pleasure of sitting outside stores for hours to get our hands to iPhone, this time around will be a bit easier as we are more experienced. 😉
So here are the options:
- Wait endless hours and get your hands on it at the Apple/AT&T Store
- Order online from the Apple Store
- Get it on eBay!
I personally recommend the first one as the second option really didn’t work for me. I remember every time I tried the online store, it was either down or unresponsive. And after a short while it went out of stock. The store thing has become a tradition for true Apple fans. It is sort of a badge of honor to have the patience to wait in line for hours to have your hands on these iPhones as early as possible.
I strongly recommend going to the Apple store. Much better than AT&T store in my opinion. Unfortunately, there aren’t many of them around in my area so that was a hassle but if you are stuck between an Apple and AT&T store, go directly to Apple.
The online store thing could definitely work if you are vigilant enough to order your iPhone as soon as possible. Of course, if you log in and see that the site is down or very slow, then you are probably experiencing iPhone lover laziness syndrome (ills). No doubt a lot of people will attack the online store, so know what you are dealing with beforehand.
eBay is the shark land these days. I personally believe it is immoral for someone to buy iPhones just to sell them for twice they are worth on eBay. Of course, I understand the business side of it, and many of these people feel entitled to all the profit they are getting as they suffer to get their hands on the iPhones as early as possible. Having said that, not cool to make the iPhone not affordable for many of us and make us wait for Apple to restock. But if you have money to burn, go for it. Just make sure you don’t buy a piece of paper that has iPhone 2.0 written on it (a piece of paper with the word PS3 sold for $350 on eBay once, so strangers things have happened.
These are all reasonable options, but if you decide to go with the first option, make sure you use the remaining time we have till the release date to train yourself for the ultimate test of endurance and patience. Good luck!