Queue Forming in Regent Street for iPhone Launch

November 9th is a good day for Neowin, with it being my birthday, that of Mike Stanclift (Marshalus) as well as shockz celebrating his 6 years on Neowin. For others it will be spent largely queuing outside an Apple store in Regent Street, London eager to be among the first to own an iPhone on it's debut in the UK.

MacWorld reports that a few people have already turned up equipped with warm winter clothing, folding chairs and a lot of determination. Just like Arthur Dent states in the movie "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" the British are experts at queuing, I think I'll give this one a miss however.

The move replicates the US experience, where the first queues began to form outside Apple and AT&T shops the day before the product launched. Hundreds had joined these queues by the time the iPhone went on sale.

News source: MacWorld

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We have some guys with us from America today they all have iPhones on them and we are a 5 min walk from regent st.

I'm trying to convince them that parading passed with the phone on show is a good idea.

MacWorld reports that a few people have already turned up equipped with warm winter clothing, folding chairs and a lot of determination.
You know your life has hit rock-bottom when it's more interesting to queue outside of a shop, especially when it's just for a phone. That is one of the saddest things that I've read in some time.

SniperX said,
You know your life has hit rock-bottom when it's more interesting to queue outside of a shop, especially when it's just for a phone. That is one of the saddest things that I've read in some time.

Well-said. These people have never heard of the internet, and it also shows that they're obsessed with anything that's made by Apple. They probably think it's good for them, because it's named after a fruit. It's a bloody expensive piece of fruit, that's for sure!

I'll be interested in a second gen iPhone. Hopefully by then they'll have realised that basic features like taking video, MMS, and 3G are worth including.

Spec for spec the iPhone doesn't look good when compared with other European phones at all.

Sad, Sad, Sad people! Obviously there life is complete crap as they feel that standing in line for the Iphone is better than 2 days of their life.... I hope there is the worst weather possible over night!

cold-peak said,
Sad, Sad, Sad people! Obviously there life is complete crap as they feel that standing in line for the Iphone is better than 2 days of their life.... I hope there is the worst weather possible over night!

This is no different than people queuing for Wimbledon for tickets for the Tennis.

kraized said,

This is no different than people queuing for Wimbledon for tickets for the Tennis.

Actually its a LOT different. Wimbledon tickets, consoles, etc etc, often sell out if you dont wait in line for days. This is a damn phone! There WILL be stock after they sell to these fools...

This is just a case of the reality distortion field at work.

winmoose said,
hope it rains.

How about gale force winds dropping the temp to close to freezing? :P

On a unrelated topic I just saw the tarrifs you'd have to be a ****ing idiot to buy one (I don't say this lightly! ) For £35 you get 200 mins and txts. For £35 on Orange, with a different phone of course, you get 500 mins and 3000 txts. With the saving you'd made on the cost of the txt messages your average 21 year old sends (I had 500 txt messages free and still racked up a bill of £120 this month) you could buy a ipod, in a few months, with the difference!

Spookie said,

How about gale force winds dropping the temp to close to freezing? :P

*Looks out the window.

Check! And I'm only 30 miles from London, so...

winmoose said,
hope it rains.

Yup, I live in London and it's currently tanking down! They're going to get very very wet... I hope it's worth the wait!

but two people have arrived outside the store equipped with warm weather clothing, folding chairs and grim, dogged determination to be among the first people in the UK to get hold of an iPhone.

:laugh:

It's funny what people put spin on these days. :P

Don't mix up Apple news with facts now!

Seriously, what's so great about being the 'first'? Are you gonna tell all your friends, "I was the first one to get an iPhone!" Yeah, ok, so? Are you gonna put that on your resume? Does it mean you are more tech savvy than those who didn't freeze their butts off to get one? Does it make you smarter? Better? Will it win you a date with a girl?

It's not like Nintendo Wii where you have to line up and fight to get one because stock is so low.

There will be plenty of iPhones on the shelves the day it comes out and the next day. And every day after that until the iPhone is obsolete.