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This is a true life story of my adventure to obtain an iPhone. I’ll start off with a spoiler, I got the iPhone 6 and not the iPhone 6 Plus. As a matter of fact, I’m writing this on my new iPhone 6. Now, this wasn’t always my plan…..
My journey started back on September 9. The Apple Keynote, which was expected to release the new iPhone and possibly other new gadgets. I was ready for this announcement. Anybody that knows me, knows I’m a huge fan of anything that Apple has to offer. Admittedly, I’m an Apple fanboy and that’s okay with me. I like what I like and you like what you like. Anyway, I tuned in on the Apple website to watch the announcements live. Unfortunately, Apple was having some trouble with the live stream. So I ended up watching Chris Pirillo on YouTube. Chris Pirillo was also doing a live stream, he was relaying what Apple was announcing to his viewers. So, I watched and listened and when two iPhones were announced I thought for sure I knew which iPhone I wanted. The iPhone 6. I’m kind of a compulsive person, so when I get something in my head it’s hard to get it out. Still, I watched countless videos on the features of each phone. And before long, I was starting to wonder if I was making the wrong choice. The iPhone 6 Plus did have some advantages other than just the screen size (no need to list them here). But I needed to see a phone similar in size to the massive iPhone 6 Plus before I could decide to buy such a device. So I met with a friend who has a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and when I held it I thought, this isn’t so bad. Before I knew it I had completely flip flopped and there was no way I wasn’t getting the larger iPhone 6 Plus. Now that I’ve made my final decision, I just have to wait until I can preorder the brand new iPhone. The iPhones were going to be available for preorder September 12th at 3AM EST. So I set my alarm to get up in time to be one of the first people to preorder their iPhone. Apparently I wasn’t the only one with this idea. I knew the site would be slammed but what ensued was ridiculous. It took me 40 minutes to finally get through and order my phone. The worst part, by the time I got through my phone was back ordered until October 7th. This might not seem like a big deal to you but to me, huge. I hate waiting. Impatience isn’t a very good quality, I know, but I’ve just never been very patient. I decided that I will cancel my preorder and just go to the Verizon store on release day and try to get the phone I want. I wanted to guarantee that I get the iPhone I wanted. I set my alarm for 4AM on September 19th, release day. I didn’t need this alarm however, because I couldn’t sleep the night before. It was like Christmas Eve for a child. I kept waking up every hour or so, hoping it was time to get up. When I woke up and looked at my outdated technology (iPhone 5S) and saw it was 3AM, I decided to go ahead and get up. I got ready and headed to Verizon store which was about 30 minutes away. I got there at 3:53AM, 4 hours and 7 minutes before the store opened. I didn’t care though because when I pulled up and realized I would be first in line, the excitement really kicked in. There was a guy in his car but I guess he didn’t want to be first in line, I don’t really know. I didn’t care because all that mattered was me being first in line. One would assume that the first person in line is for sure going to get the phone they want. Well, you know what they say about assuming. At about 6:30, a Verizon representative came outside and asked to speak with me privately. My first though was that this would be good news, like “we’re going to let you in early”. I don’t know why I thought that but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The rep instead, informed me that they don’t have even one iPhone 6 Plus in the entire shipment. The disappointment I had at this moment was unmeasurable. Still, I had some options. I was first in line and could still get an iPhone 6. I could either leave after standing in line for two and a half hours or I could continue to wait and at least see both phones on display before making a decision. Kelsey, my significant other, had also preordered an iPhone. She begins texting me and informing me that she cancelled her preorder and wants me to get her iPhone. I didn’t mind, since I needed to get in the store to compare iPhones. When the doors finally opened, I went in and looked at the iPhones on display. I still was certain I wanted the iPhone 6 Plus. I told the Verizon rep that I would like one iPhone 6 and would like to order one iPhone 6 Plus. Well, this just wasn’t my day. The iPhone 6 Plus was now back order until October 31st, six weeks away. What could I do? I wanted the phone. I just figured I would have no choice but wait. I though maybe Apple could get me the phone sooner than Verizon since you know, it’s Apple. I checked when they could have it delivered by and found the delivery date was between October 20th and October 27th, which is better than October 31st even if only by a couple days. So I cancelled my preorder with Verizon and ordered the phone through Apple. Within the next day and a half, after seeing Kelsey use her phone and playing with it myself, I had once again flip flopped and decided I wanted the iPhone 6 instead of the iPhone 6 Plus. Yes, this did have to do with me not wanting to wait six weeks but that wasn’t the only, or even the deciding factor. I just realized after using Kelsey’s phone that it was plenty big and anything bigger would be almost impossible to use with one hand. That’s a problem for me because most of my phone use is with one handed operation. Before I know it we are headed back to the Verizon Store in hopes that they might have some iPhones still in stock. We only thought this could be possible because we had already been to this Verizon store earlier in the day to have Kelsey’s iPhone activated and people were still buying them. I was skeptical to say the least. Me being the impatient person that I am, I couldn’t wait to drive there before knowing if it was all for nothing. You can’t just call and ask the folks at Verizon however, they “aren’t allowed to disclose inventory”. So I pulled out my iPhone and hopped on my handy Apple Store app to see when they could possibly deliver me an iPhone 6. What I found was so much better than a delivery date. I could reserve an iPhone 6 and go pick it up on this day. I was ecstatic. So we bypassed the Verizon store and headed straight to the Apple Store. Now this isn’t exactly right around the corner. It’s a good hour and a half from the Verizon store, which is a good 30 minutes from home. I didn’t care, I would have drove at least three hours away to get this phone if it meant I could have it today, so this was no big deal to me. The next step was to wait to receive the email from Apple saying my order was ready. I wasn’t sure how long this would take because I didn’t know what situation I would be walking into at the Apple Store. If they were slammed then the workers in the back would be busy and therefore it would take longer. When we got to the Apple Store we were shocked by the line. It was at least 40 people deep. I couldn’t believe they still had enough iPhones to where all the people from the day before got theirs and now all the people from today could still get theirs also. Fortunately for me, Apple has two lines. One for walk ins and one for reserved orders. The reserved line only hand a few people in it. So we got in line and waited our turn even though I still had not received my order confirmation. When we got our turn to go in, I told the Apple employee I hadn’t received my order confirmation. He then went to the back to see what he could do. Turns out, what he could do was tell us to get back in line and wait for the confirmation. He did say that it would only be about ten minutes before it was ready and the line was still very small. So we got in line, waited ten minutes, and it was our turn again. It was finally time. I was getting my iPhone 6. After four preorder cancellations and hours of line standing, I was getting this highly coveted device. I now have my iPhone 6 and I’m quite sure I’ve made the right choice. I’m extremely satisfied with this phone and what it has to offer.
P.S. I still have to go back to the Apple Store to return my case. They were sold out of the black leather cases so I had to settle for a “product red” silicone case. I like sleek design which is a huge reason I love Apple. “Product red” is a nice color but it’s not sleek and it doesn’t suit me. Also the silicone, while it feels nice in the hand, it collects so much dust and lint from being in my pocket. Long story short, (It’s a little late for that, I know) I got the iPhone 6 and I love it.