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Shut out on iPhone 6 Plus, buyers settle for smaller version

Matt Hamblen | Sept. 22, 2014
Apple fans who stood in line for hours in hopes of buying the 5.5-in. iPhone 6 Plus were disappointed -- even perturbed -- to find none in stock at both the AT&T and Verizon stories in this college town west of Washington D.C.

Apple fans who stood in line for hours in hopes of buying the 5.5-in. iPhone 6 Plus were — even perturbed — to find none in stock at both the AT&T and Verizon stories in this college town west of Washington D.C.

Several prospective customers stormed off angrily from their separate lines at the stores when told they could buy only the iPhone 6. Others strategized about buying the 4.7-in. iPhone 6, then selling it quickly on eBay or elsewhere to be able to buy the Plus this fall.

These Apple fans had little recourse since there is no Apple retail store in Harrisonburg and Best Buy was also selling the iPhone 6 only on a first come, first serve basis. However, Apple stores around the nation, including in downtown Boston, had both new versions in stock, according to reports.

"Why didn't you tell us earlier that you didn't have the Plus? That sucks! " one customer yelled to an AT&T store clerk when the clerk announced none were on sale as she opened the doors at 8 a.m. ET. Many customers had been waiting several hours already, and several raised their hands when asked if they wanted the Plus.

The clerk told the crowd of about 30 that Apple hadn't allowed AT&T to inform customers in line that it had no iPhone 6 Plus devices until 8 a.m. ET.

Across the street at the Verizon store, Danny Sarco got in line at 2 p.m. Thursday to be first in line to buy the 6 Plus when the store opened Friday morning. He was too tired to get angry when he learned he couldn't buy the larger model. He said planned to buy the Plus in the fall when it's in stock, and would sell his new gold-colored iPhone 6 on eBay.

Sarco said he would have pre-ordered the Plus online, but "the system wouldn't let me," which is why he was determined to wait overnight, sleeping with a blanket and folding chair. He had the first spot in line by himself from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday.

Over at AT&T's line, Pradeep and Rhea Kini also both wanted the larger iPhone 6 Plus. The married couple had waited three hours in line and despite their disappointment decided to each buy the smaller model in hopes of possibly returning them for two of the larger models later.

Sarco, a software programmer for 10 years, said he liked having both NFC and the 8-megapixel rear camera in his new iPhone 6. "I'm an amateur photographer and this new camera has image stabilization," he said. "A larger display will be nice, too, but a Plus would be better." The iPhone 6 is even larger than the iPhone 5S and earlier versions with their 4-in. displays.

 

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