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The new Apple iPhone went on sale at 6 p.m. Friday at the AT&T store on Wrightsboro Road. About 30 people were in line to buy the latest communications device.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
The new Apple iPhone went on sale at 6 p.m. Friday at the AT&T store on Wrightsboro Road. About 30 people were in line to buy the latest communications device.

A line of more than 30 customers, all waiting expectantly Friday for the release of the iPhone, snaked around the AT&T store on Wrightsboro Road.

Jeremy Walker arrived at 12:30 p.m., becoming the third person in line. As a loyal Apple customer, he said that he was excited about the iPhone.

"It adds some 'personability' to your phone," he said.

Austin Overman, 29th in line, watched iPhone tutorials on Apple's Web site for a week before its release.

"It's like, not even a phone, man, it's everything," he said.

Customers from a mix of ages and backgrounds queued up for the iPhone, Apple's much-feted foray into the cell phone industry.

The iPhones arrived in a UPS truck at 20 minutes before 6 p.m.

Thirty minutes later, Gail Myers, the first person in Augusta to buy an iPhone, said she felt "relieved."

AT&T employees in the busy store let customers in 10 at a time. But the store's computers soon began to slow down as orders from across the country swamped AT&T's servers.

"As soon as I get home and get it activated, I'll be pumped," said Mr. Walker. "I think it'll live up to its hype."

He walked out of the store with his phone at 6:13 p.m.

Phil Ames bought an iPhone for his wife, a new principal at Westminster Day School.

"Everybody else in the family has an iPod except for her," he said. Mr. Ames, seventh in line, had been waiting since 2:30 p.m.

"I'll give the phone to my wife, and then we'll go down to Barnes & Noble and get iPhone for Dummies," he joked.

At 6:43 p.m. Mr. Overman finally walked into the store and announced, "I could, like, flip for joy" - which he promptly did before purchasing his long-awaited iPhone.

Reach Thomas Smyth at (706) 823-3224 or thomas.smyth@augustachronicle.com.

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kudzo-n-roses
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kudzo-n-roses 06/30/07 - 08:12 am
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who cares?

who cares?

novo amoris joie
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novo amoris joie 06/30/07 - 08:39 am
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you clearly cared enough to

you clearly cared enough to read the article.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 06/30/07 - 09:16 am
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it puzzles me as to what

it puzzles me as to what these people's priorities are. Nothing substantive, I am sure.

NEone
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NEone 06/30/07 - 10:55 am
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So their priorities are not

So their priorities are not mine. Who cares if they want to stand in line to get one? (Not dissing the article, but the people who complain about it) To me it just shows how much money Americans have to blow. And then they cry about being "poor".

kudzo-n-roses
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kudzo-n-roses 06/30/07 - 11:02 am
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I read the article to see

I read the article to see just what type of person would waste money on such a stupid item....and my response was who cares???

zedturtle
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zedturtle 06/30/07 - 05:28 pm
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Apple Loyalists (the kind who

Apple Loyalists (the kind who buy Rev1 products) are generally highly educated and affluent. They're not the kind of people who complain about being poor.


No, I wasn't one of those people standing in line, because I'm waiting for the inevitable Rev2 iPhone in about six months. When that time comes, I won't mind taking off a day from my 60+ hour work week to spend my hard-earned cash on something to does the job better than anything else out there.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 06/30/07 - 08:29 pm
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Well said zedturtle.

Well said zedturtle.

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