Sitting in Line for the iPhone

I didn’t get up early for this. I got up at the normal time.

I’ve never been a line-sitter for anything in my life. But, here I am. Waiting for the iPhone in San Diego.

The plan

I did have a plan, but let’s go back to the story first.

The story

Why am I sitting in line right now with about 50 other people, waiting for 10 hours for an iPhone? Let me tell you.

It starts about 2 years ago when I was gifted a job where we got free Treo 650 phones. It was a beautiful thing. I could be all geeky and run my business at the same time.

Then a year later, we had to trade in our Treos for the Blackberry. My phone karma went to crap, and I got depressed. I hate my Blackberry with a passion. I can’t develop for it. I hate the SureType keyboard. I want to throw it away, but it was free, so I kept it and struggled with it for years.

That struggle is soon to be over, I hope.

Ok, so now to the plan…

If you’re going to sit in line for something, you better have a plan. Think this out before hand. Especially if it’s for something so complex as a phone (the plan, service, carrier, your current service, etc). What do you do?

(1) You make sure your T-Mobile plan will be expired first. I’m cheap, and I don’t know if I’d fork over $250 to break my plan with them to get a new carrier. My plan expired in May.

(2) You think up your line-joining strategy. I decided long before that I would go to my local Apple store, not because it was close, but because it is one of the more inconspicuous stores in the area. There would hopefully not be a line up for the iPhone days before hand. I like working and my battery won’t last for days on end.

My line-joining strategy was simple. I don’t care about being first in line. I decided to join the line when I saw one forming. I dropped by last night, no line. I came by this morning, there was one started, so I joined. I had already decided that if the line was going to start at lunchtime, I’d join it then. The worst it could be was about 100 back, and I’m ok with that.

(3) Get friendly with the locals and have fun. The geeky folks aren’t that social, but there’s about 10 people here who are being paid to sit in line. Those folks are fun. Find them and chat with them.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I’ll probably post more later if my battery lasts long enough. There’s plenty to say.

Oh, and it looks like Scoble is in line and they’re streaming some video too. If you ask me, that’s going to be a pretty boring video. Heh.

[tags]iphone, line, geek, apple, mac[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

7 Comments on "Sitting in Line for the iPhone"

  1. nate says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention, bring a chair with a back. That’s important. And, be prepared to talk to reporters. I was interviewed by the Union Tribune at about 9am this morning.

  2. Good luck to you, sir. I hope you and your new Communicator have a long and happy friendship.

    And I want to see it running a certain application that shall not be named here.

  3. nate says:

    Oh, and in case you’re interested, I’m twittering about the iPhone lineup over here

  4. Good luck! Can’t wait to check it out.

  5. nate says:

    Thanks Ted. It’s going to be nice. I’d love to see people’s comments, so feel free to spread the link to this post or others.

    Thanks guys.

  6. I think that Twitter link should be twitter.com/nateritter, not the other way around.

  7. nate says:

    Yes, you’re right. Sorry… it’s hot out here, and I’m getting delirious now.

 
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