EUGENE, Ore. -- Launch day for the iPhone 5 is finally here, and Apple fans in Eugene joined customers across the country by waiting in long lines outside stores to get their hands on the new smart phones.
Some customers outside the AT&T store at Valley River Center in Eugene camped outside the store overnight.
“I’m pushing like 17 hours,” Cory Wetzel said with a yawn, standing up from his lawn chair for a stretch outside the store Friday morning. “I just drank Red Bulls and coffee, and have been hanging out with my fellow line-mates.”
Wetzel said that ordering one of the iPhones online could take nearly two to three weeks for shipping.
“I just didn’t want to wait any longer than two to three weeks.” he added.
Not everyone was willing to camp out all night for the latest and greatest technology that Apple has to offer. Two days before the launch, September 19, Apple reported that it had placed more than two million preorders—double the number for the launch of the iPhone 4S.
Over at the Wireless Source in Eugene, a third-party certified Verizon dealer, employees were busy on Friday filling many of those preorders.
“Well, we’ve been doing hundreds of preorders,” said Wireless Source sales representative Alex Priaulx, “and we’re going to do hundreds more.”
Many are new iPhone 5 is faster, thinner, lighter and has an improved camera. For retailers like Priaulx, iPhones are the most popular cellular phones in the stores. Some of the locals that lined up for the phones said that consumers had other reasons for buying the smart phones.
“Most of my friends have them, so you know, peer pressure of course, popular culture,” said Taylor Paschall, a South Eugene High School senior picking up a iPhone 4S on Friday. “Go with the flow.”
Wireless Source sales representatives told KVAL News they only received a handful of iPhone 5 cell phones to sell on Friday. They expected to sell their limited supply quickly.