• Surprise, surprise, All carriers have crashed and now no iPhones are being sold


    *Update* Now they're telling people to come back in 2 hours. Uh oh, the smugness is taking over!*/Update*

    As someone who wanted to line up for an iPhone but couldn't because Apple isn't allowing users to buy unlocked, I can't help but feel a little smug.

    I've just been told by someone that the lineup at the Apple store has stopped moving because all 3 carriers activation systems have crashed.

    <sarcasm>What a surprise, this never happened with the iPhone 3G, 3Gs, 4 and 4s launches</sarcasm>

    So now, Apple isn't selling any more iPhones because they can't activate any more phones.

    What they should do is have a separate allocation for unlocked buyers and allow each person to only buy one.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Surprise, surprise, All carriers have crashed and now no iPhones are being sold started by howard View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. LoUiEvUiTToNd0n's Avatar
      LoUiEvUiTToNd0n -
      OHHHHHHHHH man... i feel the city trembling right now...
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      I knew sales central was going to crash. Just look at it!

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    1. LoUiEvUiTToNd0n's Avatar
      LoUiEvUiTToNd0n -
      how can a thing of beauty like that crash...
    1. Deafmented's Avatar
      Deafmented -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      I knew sales central was going to crash. Just look at it!

      Attachment 84865
      A lot of people are saying that this crash is comparable to the great crash of 1929.
    1. civicsrule's Avatar
      civicsrule -
      Good thing I got mine already lol
    1. veriztd's Avatar
      veriztd -
      I am not surprised to hear this after the announcement of 2 million pre-sales in 24 hours after the announcement. Glad I am not a CS rep for any cellular company any more. I bet they are getting calls from angry customers trying activate their iPhone 5 to no avail.
    1. Tendenzi's Avatar
      Tendenzi -
      A buddy of mine at TELUS just got his activation put through, he is saying the reps are informed the problems are now rectified and things are moving along.

      Same with another at Bell. Rogers.... well good luck.
    1. cdiz's Avatar
      cdiz -
      I can't believe how much demand there is for this phone.
    1. Tendenzi's Avatar
      Tendenzi -
      Attachment 84866

      Dedicated to the people who feel like this when the rep says the systems are down, any time, but specifically for things like this.
    1. tiguy99's Avatar
      tiguy99 -
      wow that's nuts
    1. ceredon's Avatar
      ceredon -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post

      What they should do is have a separate allocation for unlocked buyers and allow each person to only buy one.

      I feel sorry for the people in line. Hopefully Apple will learn from this.
      I thought the 1 person/1 phone was being scammed by people planting many, many people in line to buy the unlocked units to ship overseas and that was why they went to this new, asinine policy of unlocked only online (for now).
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Okay. It sounds like they turned their computers off and then back on again. The lines are moving again.
    1. Fleadubu's Avatar
      Fleadubu -
      I waited at a little rogers store for an hour while they tried to activate my phone and it crashed at the final screen 4 times. I left and they said they would keep trying. Has anyone got a rogers one activated yet?
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Why can't they just sell people the phones and let them activate them when they get home, whenever that may be?
    1. civicsrule's Avatar
      civicsrule -
      Mine is Rogers. Got it activated no problem. Was a little slow but it's all good now.
    1. T6717A's Avatar
      T6717A -
      I put my chain-sawed SIM in, and it activated itself. Only took about 10 seconds -- if that. No lines, no stinky people who haven't showered in 3 days, no screaming babies. apple.com/store is the only way to go.
    1. Deafmented's Avatar
      Deafmented -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      Why can't they just sell people the phones and let them activate them when they get home, whenever that may be?
      Because that would make too much sense.
    1. nr2d's Avatar
      nr2d -
      I got in line at 1230 EDT and walked out 45 minutes later activated. The Apple store had 2 ATT reps, 1 Verizon rep and 1 Sprint rep.
    1. Fleadubu's Avatar
      Fleadubu -
      I did not mean activating. Rogers' system would not allow the processing of the hardward upgrade to be put through their system so I could not finalize the transaction. It had nothing to do with sticking the sim card in the phone and activating it on the network.
    1. DRC72's Avatar
      DRC72 -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      I knew sales central was going to crash. Just look at it!

      Attachment 84865
      Does that have an I7 processor?