Friday 11th July 2008
I finally got hold of my shiny new iPhone 3G after fears that stock limitations would ruin my July 11th, and I must say I am very pleased. The only concern I have is that the lovely black back will get very covered in fingerprints. The sound quality of the 3G iPhone is incredibly good, and the loudspeaker volume is much improved on the previous model. If you can get hold of one – go for it.
I say if because when I arrived this morning at 0635, a small queue of about 15 people had already formed, and given that the flagship O2 store on Princes Street, Edinburgh had but 20 16GB iPhones (my model of choice). It seems that most people also wanted the 16GB model and interestingly, O2 had no iPhones in white. When I arrived at the door (the queue was let in slowly to allow for activations) I discovered that 12 people had asked for the 16GB model out of the 15 people who were ahead of me.
The 20 units that the O2 store in Edinburgh had was generous compared to the number of units a Carphone Warehouse store that my friend was queuing at had. She was actually second in the queue and failed to get one. The store had but one model!
If you have one – I hope you’re enjoying it, otherwise good luck in finding one!
Monday 07th July 2008
I’ve just checked the O2 website, and there have been a few changes to their iPhone section.
As expected, people who want to upgrade to the iPhone 3G will need to do so online. This is done here, although you may need to log in first. You certainly need your account number, which you can get from your O2 bill. I believe you can also specify a different delivery address, so if you’re working on Friday you’ll avoid a trip to the post office.
In terms of availability and delivery, there are seemingly a ‘limited supply’ and they will be sold on a first come first served basis. The first batch of iPhones should be delivered on Friday but if you’re not one of the lucky first, delivery ‘may take up to two weeks’.
Activation has been discussed, but O2 have confirmed that those upgrading from the old iPhone will need to use the supplied ‘SIM ejector tool’ to remove the SIM card from the old phone and insert it into the new one. They also advise that you listen to your voicemail first – activation will delete all voice messages from the account.
O2 had been very quiet about the cost of the iPhone on Pay & Go, and this doesn’t seem to have changed. O2 now advise that ‘iPhone 3G for Pay & Go will be available later this year’. It’s a shame they haven’t launched it at the same time.
So, I suggest that if you want your iPhone 3G on Friday, you stay tuned to the website and sign up as quickly as possible when it goes live.