iPhone Mania Hits Bryan-College Station

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Dozens of people in Bryan and College Station camped out overnight and waited for hours Friday morning to buy the new iPhone.

First-day buyers of Apple's newest phone ran into some complications. Dallas-based AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in the United States.

An AT&T spokesman says there was a global problem with Apple's iTunes software that prevented the phones from being fully activated in-store as planned. Instead, employees are telling buyers to go home and perform the last step by connecting their phones to their own computers.

At Apple's flagship store on New York City's Fifth Avenue, customers were waiting at the counter for at least 20 minutes to get their new phones activated. It isn't just the new iPhones that are affected.

A software update released for older models required that phone to be reactivated through iTunes. One man who updated his first-generation iPhone only to find it unusable calls it "a mess."

The new gadgets went on sale in 21 countries. They'll be sold in France starting next week.

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