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iPhone 3G Launches Across The Globe

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iPhone 3G Launches Across The Globe

So. It. Is. Here.

Without sounding too cynical, the device we all wanted first time around at the price points we all initially expected is finally here and the queues at Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores are growing as we speak.

Launched at 8.02am this morning (some smaller stores will hold back until 9am), the iPhone 3G is now officially available on a first come first served basis with those lucky enough to survive the pre-order chaos also expected to receive theirs delivered by courier today.

Naturally - and as is typical of the English and why we hold ourselves in such high regard - none of the US queing antics have been recreated with no more than a handful of eager fanboys seen outside the flagship Regent Street store come midnight. By contrast, eager Yanks have been lining up for more than a week.

Looking for a buying guide? We will have a full review up imminently (until then look at my brutal pros and cons list) and if you are chasing for a sweet tariff, £35pm and £45pm deals are where it's at (extended info here).

As a general rule of course, existing iPhone owners would be wise to see how this pans out while those still oblivious to the charms of Apple's groundbreaking handset should be more than ready to take the plunge.

No, it's not perfect, but 12 months on from the original release nothing still comes close...

Update: The ever industrious iPhone Dev Team claims to have cracked firmware 2.0 already while Zibri and his famed ZiPhone should have a working version for 2.0 imminently. Jailbreakers rejoice!


Apple iPhone 3G UK

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July 11, 2008, 1:11 pm

Ouch, the tariffs still seem harsh to me, especially the jump from &#16325(crap mins+txt) to &#16335 (loads of mins+Text!)there should be some sort of middle ground at &#16330 I think...

Just starting down my own personal iPhone experience, but rather than going down the way of spending &#16335 a month for 600 mins and 500 texts and &#16399 on the iPhone i managed to get a 1st gen iPhone for &#163159 and im going to use the &#16315 T-mobile sim only (350mins and 650mins) with web'n'walk to make it &#16322.50 a month! Much more reasonable IMO, altho obvioulsy I dont get the benefit of free wireless internet access, but I think I can deal with that...


July 11, 2008, 1:21 pm

That's nice then. When is the iPhone Mk3 launching?


July 11, 2008, 1:26 pm

went to the store this morning at 07:30 - (Coventry) - queue was 40 odd and I could not be bothered to wait.

friend queued for an hour at Birmingham bullring - got his 8gb (16gb sold out)

another friend reports o2 systems have crashed

o2 wont take orders over the phone

i wont upgrade mine to 2.0 until jailbreak officially comes out as mine's got a buyer waiting....

gary gatter

July 11, 2008, 2:06 pm

Went with a colleague to local carphone warehouse, they had 4 8gb and 18 16gb phones for sale (all sold apart from 2 8gb).

Peter A

July 11, 2008, 2:11 pm

Can conform o2 systems have crashed. Arrived at local o2 store at just before 8. A few people in front of me and got served at about 9.15, only to be told that the system had crashed and no existing iPhone customers could upgrade. Awaiting a call back to let me know when it's back up. More of shambles than the Internet reservations Monday!

Mark Booth

July 11, 2008, 2:20 pm

I was 9th in the shop and finally left at 9:40am. They finally gave up with the computer system and started sending customers away with inactive iPhones saying they'll process the paperwork later today or tomorrow. What else could they do?

So I have a nice shiney new brick for a couple of days. Better than nowt I guess :)


July 11, 2008, 3:02 pm

o2's implementation plan for the iPhone 3G launch has been a complete debacle.

First the website upgrade shambles on Monday, Shop staff being completely in the dark regarding pertinent info, and now the icing on the cake, this mornings system crash fiasco.

They've been hyping this launch for months and they've not had the foresight to put proper procedures in place to deal with it. Even Louis Braille could've seen this coming. I wonder what Apple make of it all?

I have been whistling Sparks "Amateur Hour" all week; I wonder why? ;-)

gary gatter

July 11, 2008, 3:26 pm

When is the Trusted Reviews review due?

Andy Vandervell

July 11, 2008, 4:00 pm

We should be getting one on Monday, so some time next week. :)


July 11, 2008, 4:05 pm

I'm told the O2 Gateway system has been taken down completely to try and repair it. Those in queues (most people still are by the sound of it) can expect to wait at least an hour before they try and bring it up again. O2 really are blunder after farce after blunder, aren't they! What the hell am I letting myself in for??


July 11, 2008, 4:18 pm

I've upgraded iTunes to 7.7 ok, but does anyone have any idea as to when firmware 2.0 is gonna be made available for existing iPhone users?


July 11, 2008, 4:19 pm

I was queuing outside the 02 store in Kendal, Cumbria for two hours from 9am onwards in a 20 person queue. They sold out of 16GB'ers after the first 6 customers, so I had to settle for a lowly 8GB model. And to top it all off 02 don't have 3G coverage in my area, or anywhere within a 50 mile radius... grrrreat :) So I've paid &#16399 to upgrade from an 8GB iPhone to an 8GB iPhone 3G fooooor what exactly?! haha, it's all good fun!

Andy Vandervell

July 11, 2008, 4:43 pm

Consider yourself lucky uou got one. I was at a Carphonewarehouse store in Sunningdale, Berkshire - very near our office in Ascot. Complete systems failure. I was the second person there and after an hour and a half they said we'd all have to go home. they set aside iPhones in order and told us they'd call us back.

They also told me I needed to call the Carphonewarehouse to get a PAC code. So, I called them. Lo and behold the girl told me I didn't really need one AND that she could process an order for me. So I did and she told me it would be delivered on Monday and that it was in stock. I'll believe it when I see it but I was pleasantly surprised to say the least.


July 11, 2008, 4:51 pm

ordered mine online last Monday morning first thing, arrived by courier this morning - very happy with it so far - even came with a UK power plug

Oliver Levett

July 12, 2008, 10:13 pm

Oh great! Time for another bout of iPhone superiority complexes...

Even with app store, it's a limited feature set with out of date components which can't send an MMS. Great. <sarcasm>I really want one!</sarcasm>

Oh and it's over priced.

O2 have some great planning though!

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