The iPhone 4’s first pre-ordering day has been a total disaster. AT&T’s online system has collapsed, there are account security breaches, Apple’s online upgrades are down, and stores are now using pen and paper to process sales.
The photo of the line above was taken in NYC, but it has been happening all over the country. It is not even to pick up the phone itself, but to pre-order it. People are giving their credit card information to be put on a list to have a place in another line on June 24, when the iPhone 4 actually goes on sale.
The reason for the long lines, however, is AT&T’s ordering system. Readers in the comments are reporting that the systems are collapsed everywhere.