Wednesday was the big day… the beginning of pre-sales for the new iPhone 4. I discovered this by accident (having quite honestly) when looking at the Apple Store for something else entirely, and immediately tried to pre-order my own shiny new iPhone 4.
Unfortunately, like many Day Ones for iPhone products, a flood of requests shut down the activation systems. Deja vu, all over again.
At first I wondered if something was wrong with my AT&T account, because when I tried to check for availability of upgrade I received, “Your request couldn’t be processed. We’re sorry, but there was an error processing your request. Please try again later.” But according to a CNNMoney.com report, this has been a widespread problem throughout the day.
Apparently, the same thing happened when trying to pre-order through AT&T’s website, and even when attempting to pre-order in person at the AT&T store or at an Apple retail store. There were just too many people trying to jump on the iPhone 4 bandwagon. (Somehow, AT&T managed to underestimate the demand… I mean, really?!)
There is a bittersweet victory in this, for me at least… I’ll be out on the ocean on June 24th, the day the iPhone 4 pre-orders become available for pick-up or were to be delivered. But now, due to the massive interest, many pre-orders won’t be delivered on the 24th after all. Which means I will be in good company with other pre-orders who don’t get it right away!
Persistence pays off, however. At 9:39pm, I managed to get through the system and place my pre-order. Since I pre-ordered it on the first day people could do so, I’m still going to call myself a Day Oner, regardless of when it actually gets delivered.
My Apple cred will not be tarnished!