From the streets of New York City, to the sidewalks of Atlanta and even Chattanooga. No app could solve the real world steps needed to get the latest iPhone. Verizon Wireless District Manager Kelly Parks says "the line started forming this morning and the customers have been very gracious to stand single file."
About four-dozen people lined up at the Hamilton Place Verizon store before it opened hoping to walk out with the most sought after smartphone in years. Billy Ingram says "I've been having a lot of problems with my phone and everybody talks so good about the iPhone and I was waiting for the 4G to come out so I could have the dual processor with my business and stuff, so I was told I needed to come out here and wait in line to get one."
Ingram and others waiting in line received a menu of options and accessories available for the iPhone 5, so once they made it in the store, they could reduce their checkout time.
Parks says "the maps is a great feature. It actually will show you different things as you scroll in. It has turn by turn driving directions which is new."
The iPhone 5 also features a 16 by 9 style screen, voice assisted texting, panorama pictures, and is 20-percent thinner than the previous model.
Analysts expect five to eight-million iPhone's will be sold on day-one... So what happens if stores run out? Parks says "we can order for our customers and ship directly to them."
The iPhone 5 starts at $199 with a two-year contract. The iPhone 4S now costs $99 and the iPhone 4 can be had for free with a new contract.