Apple Stores expecting lines for iPhone 3G launch
Both Apple retail stores in Hawaii -- at Ala Moana Center and Kahala Mall -- are anticipating early crowds for the launch of the new iPhone 3G.
Some iPhone enthusiasts, such as Rich Coughlin, 20, were waiting at the Apple Store as early as Wednesday to stake a spot in line, but were sent home when the mall closed at night.
Coughlin returned to stand in line this morning, and was the only one in line as of 2:30 in the afternoon. Although he knows he'll have to leave when the mall closes again tonight, he says he's devised a strategy to be the first in line tomorrow.
Ala Moana Center will allow iPhone customers to start lining up at 5 a.m., while Kahala Mall will open its doors at 6 a.m.
Sales of the new iPhone 3G, however, do not begin until 8 a.m. at both Apple stores in Hawaii, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
The new iPhones are also available at AT&T stores, including AT&T kiosks at the malls. AT&T stores open at 8 a.m.
The iPhone 3G is being advertised by Apple as twice as fast, and half the price, starting at $199, offering 3G wirless technology, GPS mapping, and even more features. Like the original iPhone, it combines a phone, iPod and Internet in one.
Apple says customers who want to purchase and activate the iPhone 3G will need to bring: a credit card, social security number, valid government-issued photo ID, current wireless account number and password or PIN.
Information on what to expect when buying the new iPhone 3G is available at www.apple.com.