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Oklahomans line up for new iPhone

There was no stampede, but some Oklahomans lined up Friday morning to get their hands on the iPhone 4S as soon as possible.
BY DON MECOY Published: October 15, 2011

Mike didn't want to talk about his new iPhone 4S. He was supposed to be at work.

“Officially, I'm sick,” said Mike, who declined to further identify himself and kept his head inside his hoodie Friday morning while manning the front of the line at Edmond's Sprint store.

For Blake Kirby, 15, the lure of Apple's latest phone meant he was at a northwest Oklahoma City AT&T shop instead of an English class at Putnam City North High School.

“This is pretty cool,” Kirby said of his new phone, which was paid for by a parent as an early birthday present. His previous phone, a BlackBerry, “just wasn't cutting it.”

Unlike some previous launches of Apple products, there was no stampede early Friday, but some Oklahomans lined up early to get their hands on the iPhone 4S as soon as possible.

About 65 people were waiting outside the AT&T store when it opened at 8 a.m. Friday, said Ryan Stafford, sales director for AT&T Oklahoma.

“The atmosphere the iPhone creates is pretty fun,” Stafford said. “It's a great device.”

About 25 people were waiting for the Edmond Sprint store to open. Sprint, which offers a flat-rate unlimited data plan for its smart phones, is selling the iPhone for the first time.

Sprint store manager Howard Snyder would not disclose how many iPhones he had in stock, but the supply was limited.

“I do expect to run out of phones today,” Snyder said.

Verizon District Manager Ryan Granville said he hoped his stores would have enough iPhones to last through the weekend, but encouraged buyers to call ahead to make sure there are phones in stock.

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Prices vary by gigabytes

The base model of the iPhone 4S is $199 with a two-year contract. It comes with 16 gigabytes of storage. Customers can get 32 gigabytes for $299 and 64 gigabytes for $399. Customers have a choice of a white or black model.


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