When I went by the AT&T store in Covington this morning, there looked to be about 30 people in line waiting to buy the new iPhone. Were you among them? Well, not so fast, Mr. or Ms. Early Adopter:
The process of obtaining an iPhone 3G appears to be going in slow motion because of AT&T activation server crashes that have been confirmed in New York, San Francisco, and Palo Alto, Calif.
Unlike its predecessor last year, the iPhone 3G must be activated in-store, an antihacking measure that Apple had said could take 10 to 15 minutes. That's long enough to make the line move a lot more slowly than the speedy process that made last year's iPhone launch astonishingly efficient. But crashing AT&T servers required for the activation made it even worse.
Looks like some people are not happy. While you're waiting for yours to be activated, why not enjoy this Mad TV parody of that twee but oh-so-catchy Apple commercial with Feist?