Seriously people…it’s just a phone…

I got off the bus this morning at 59th Street and 5th Avenue and noticed a ridiculous number of people standing around.  The plaza of the GM building is home to The Early Show and I know they are having Justin Bieber on one of these days.  So I thought maybe today was that day and that was what the hubbub was all about.  Then I remembered that this is the day the new iPhones come out.  I walked across the street to get a closer look at the insanity and could not believe what I saw.  The line to get into the store is stretched clear around the block…literally.  I’m talking that the first person in line and the last person could shake hands.  There are 4 satellite news vans parked on the street!  There weren’t even that many when some crazy homeless guy stabbed a bunch of people in the subway a few weeks ago.  I guess the iPhone is bigger news.  There are cops all over the place trying to do crowd control.  I think the force was larger than it was for the president the last time he was in town.  The whole scene was chaotic.  I tried to take pictures with my phone, but they came out lousy. 

I couldn’t believe it.  I wanted to yell “People…seriously…it’s just a phone.  And you there?  At the end of the line?  Yeah, do you really think that they are going to have any left when you get into the store 8 hours from now?  Do yourself a favor, go home and come back next week when there is no line.  I’m sure you’ll survive until then.”  Of course, I said none of these things.  I just shook my head at the stupidity and turned to walk to my office.

See, I just don’t get it.  I am an AT&T customer, but I don’t have an iPhone.  I thought about getting one in 2007 when they first came out.  At the time I had a regular, normal, old-fashioned cell phone that I wanted to upgrade.  The iPhone wasn’t coming out for a few weeks and I wanted a new phone that day.  So I asked the kid (and he was a kid…he was about 18) helping me what was going to be so great about the iPhone that I should wait for it instead of buying a Blackberry that very night.  He told me that I should, in fact, buy a Blackberry because iPhones really weren’t geared for…ready for this…people of my generation.  He said older people like me seemed to be more comfortable with a BB.  I was 31 at the time, not 90.  It was a blow to my fragile ego.  I explained to the guy that he was a crappy salesman and that he probably shouldn’t go around insulting his customers.  Then I asked for the manager.

In the end, I bought the Blackberry, for several reasons.  One is that I have zero patience and I wanted a new phone that day.  I didn’t want to wait three weeks or longer for a new phone.  Two is that I’ve never been an early adopter of technology.  A new device or gadget needs to be around at least a year before I get one.  Of course, soon after getting it I wonder why I resisted for so long and how I ever lived without it.  Like Tivo. 

About 6 months ago, it was time for me to upgrade my phone again.  I decided it was time to get an iPhone.  I went to the AT&T store…and I got a new Blackberry.  Because I’m cheap and the Blackberry was less expensive and came with more toys…like a Bluetooth headset and a car charger.  This is a decision I’ve regretted ever since. 

The thing is…I love my Blackberry.  I like the keyboard vs. the touchscreen and I have a Bold which has a nice, sleek look to it.  It’s great for texting and BBMs and IMs.  But the apps are seriously lacking.  So now I want an iPhone and I want one now.  Of course, I can’t upgrade my phone again for 6 months, so I’ll have to wait.  Though, I will say that even if I could get one today, there is no chance I’d go anywhere near an Apple store today.  The crazies can stand in line for hours and hours.  When it comes time for me to buy one I’ll go online from the comfort of my couch and I’ll order one and have it delivered right to my door…like a civilized person.

So, is anyone getting the new iPhone today?


  1. That is craziness. I like my phone, but I don’t like talking on it or playing with it enough to stand in line. Did these people take off work to stand in line for a phone?!

    • I would imagine that they had jobs, right? Because how else could they afford an iPhone in the first place. How funny would it be if someone’s boss saw them coming out of the Apple Store when they claimed to be sick?

  2. I don’t understand all the hooplah over the iphone, either. I would never wait in a line that long for a cell phone though I have heard great things about the new one. Meh. I have the world’s most outdated phone, but am way too cheap to invest in a new, schnazzy one. At some point, probably. But for now, it does what I need it to do (make phone calls).

    OMG, I CANNOT BELIEVE SOMEONE SAID THAT TO YOU IN A STORE!!! That’s so insulting. Wow. I’m glad you gave him a piece of your mind and called over the manager though. Don’t let it upset you; he’s just a kid (a stupid kid at that).

    Hope you’re having a great week, Shana!

  3. I consider myself quite a gadget lover and definitely have adoration for all things Mac, but this is ridiculous. I have an iPhone. It’s not the newest one or even the next newest one, but it does just fine. Or as fine as my service will allow it (which is sometimes not good…screw you sideways, AT&T).

    Some people just need the newest and coolest and most specialist thing out there. Just so they can say they have it. I just love being the one that is unimpressed when they show me.

    Gearing up for that to happen exactly 33 times this weekend when I go out.

  4. I am probably one of the few people I know without a cell phone. Shocking, I know.
    My kids, friends and family all have them and I’m holding out.
    I think it has a lot to do with the fact that hubs and I had cell phones early on, when no one else had them & way before texting, and never used them. We waited until our contract ran out and then said screw it.
    Now that M is flying the coop and looking for an apartment, we’re thinking about it again.

    • See…I definitely understand the need for a cell phone, because I talk on the phone all. the. time. However, if it can make calls and receive calls I’m good. I don’t need video conferencing and I don’t need an 8 megapixel camera. The only reason I’m even considering this purchase is because it seems that everyone from Weight Watchers to Discover card has an app now and I think it might make my life easier. But not easy enough to stand on line for hours.

  5. I just don’t get it…what’s the big differences anyway? Its got a front facing camera? Its a sleeker design? I must wait for hours and hours in line because my back facing camera is SO 2009!
    None of it matters to me though, we won’t get it in Canada for at least another month or more depending on unidentifiable “delays”.

  6. I’m not an early adopter of technology either. Heck! Hubs and I just got smart phones this year! While I do love all things Mac, I just don’t get what the big deal is with the iPhone. The only thing I can think of that it has that my phone doesn’t is more/better apps. And, when I really think about it, I realize I don’t use the apps I have now, so I truly probably don’t need more.

    I’m with Salt…I like being the one who’s unimpressed when people show me their shiny new phone they stood in line overnight for. I don’t much understanding standing in line for hours (or overnight) for anything, really. I honestly can’t think of one single thing I’d camp out in front of a store for.

  7. I don’t even understand exactly what it is an iPhone does. And I work for a national cell phone company. Oh, and I still have a tube TV. What of it?!

    • I feel differently about television than I do about iPhones. See, I didn’t get what the big deal was until J bought the largest TV known to man. It’s 50 inches and in our apartment it took over the whole living room. However, once I got used to it there was no going back. The picture is so clear and it’s so big and for someone like me who spends a lot of time sitting on their ass watching tv…it’s totally worth it.

      That said…I’m still not standing in line for the newest model.

      Now, if the phones were free…that would be a different story.

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