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iPhone Rollout Becomes iDisaster

By Tim State in News on Jul 12, 2008 4:23PM

Folks wait for pending disappointment outside the Michigan Avenue Apple Store. Photo by TheeErin.

Does anyone have an iPhone that is working?

Hundreds of people stood in a line that stretched two blocks long waiting to get a new 3G iPhone at the Michigan Avenue Apple Store yesterday morning, but many were disappointed when they couldn’t get their phones activated. The final step of the process involves connecting to the iTunes store, but problems with the servers prevented many phones from being activated.

Apple Store employees told buyers to go home to finish the activation, but problems still persisted, leaving the phones unusuable except for emergency calls. [S-T]

Apple also reported having problems with the rollout of their new data synching service, MobileMe, which is designed to synchronize users data across multiple devices, including the iPhone. [S-T]