If you’ve read my recent gadget diary posts about pre-ordering the new iPhone 7 Plus, you’ll know that I made a mistake doing that through Apple’s site and will end up sending back the iPhone that’s heading to my doorstep as I type this. I’ve spent the last week trying to figure out a way to convert my order into a paid in full order either through Apple or Verizon, but haven’t had any luck. So my local Verizon store manager (Hi Corey!) suggested that I get to the store before they open at 8am on launch day and try to buy one that way. So I took his advice, worked late a couple nights to bank some time at work since I’d be getting into the office late and then got up at 5am this morning, showered and headed into town to the Verizon store.
I decided if there was a long line (not likely) that I would just turn around and go to work. When I got there, this was the “line”. Five people, with four intent on buying. That meant I was fifth in line. Great odds. So I parked my butt on the sidewalk and chatted with people while the two hours until store opening time rolled around.
Everyone ahead of me in line had plans to buy the iPhone 7 Plus. I played Debbie Downer when I told them that there were strong rumors that there would be no iPhone 7 Plus models available today at retail stores and I brought up an article on my Nexus 6P from one of many sites that I’d been reading the day before to back up what I was saying.
As it got closer to 8am, more people started showing up.
A few minutes before the doors officially opened, several Verizon people came out and handed numbered papers to people that would guarantee that they could buy a new iPhone, but did not guarantee that they would get the model, color or capacity that they wanted. Five is my new lucky number.
When the doors opened, they only let in enough people so that there was a Verizon person to customer ratio and no more.
I got up to the counter within seconds and purchased an iPhone 7 32GB in black. Not Jet Black, they didn’t have any of those in stock either, not that I wanted one that supposedly scratches very easily.
Why did I go with the iPhone 7 instead of the 7 Plus which I originally pre-ordered? Because this one is really for Jeanne, but I thought I might like a smaller phone this time, so I bought hers today and will use it to help me decide which size to order for myself. Sometimes I can be smart… it’s just too bad it doesn’t happen when I need it to happen!
It’s also a good thing that I didn’t have my heart set on buying an iPhone 7 Plus today because this Verizon store did not have ANY of that model available in any color or capacity.
The transaction was quick and painless except to my wallet. Everything was completed within minutes, even with a perfect installation of a glass screen protector that I purchased.
I was able to drive back across town and into the office by 8:27am. Not bad!
Right now I’m going through newphoria as I get used to the iPhone and iOS again. My first impressions of the iPhone 7 is that it’s teeny tiny… I’ll probably be buying the 7 Plus for myself.
Hope everyone has good luck today getting a new iPhone if that’s your mission and you choose to accept it!