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iPhone 5 released and on sale

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Today, September 21, the iPhone 5 became available in stores. Apple, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint stores were open early today to handle the lines of customers who attempted to get their own new device.

Beginning at 8 a.m. local time, stores opened as the iPhone 5 became available for purchased. While lines at the carrier stores seemed manageable around the 7 a.m. mark, the lines were longer at the Apple stores here in Nashville. From the dress of those at the beginning of the outside lines, some may have arrived at the stores the night before.

The dedication by the retail stores here in Nashville was pretty impressive. From Hendersonville to Franklin, the employees were there to help answer questions and, of course, sell iPhones. There were employees outside and inside making sure the process went smoothly. Each store had light snacks, water, and patience.

The lines seemed to dwindle within a few hours after opening. By noon, the lines were less and so were the iPhone 5s. AT&T had only the 64 GB version of the phone around 12:15 p.m. Verizon had the 16 GB and the 64 GB versions around 12:30 p.m. While the Apple Store in the Cool Springs mall had an assortment of models for different carriers.

If you waited in line, was it worth it? Did you receive the phone of your choice, both in size and color? Or, were you one of over 2 million people who preordered the iPhone 5 and waited at home for the delivery of the device?

If you are still thinking of getting an iPhone 5, you may have some luck over the weekend. You also may be able to trade in your older phones at stores. Verizon, for example, has a trade-in program that is instantly redeemable for a Verizon Wireless gift card of up to $300 toward the purchase of a new phone, tablet, accessory or toward your Verizon Wireless bill. Ask a store representative prior to making your new purchase.



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