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People Camping Out for iPhone 5 Eight Days Ahead of Launch

By - Source: Fortune | B 6 comments

First in line are taking advantage of free publicity.

Apple has some of the devoted fans around. It's not unusual to see people camping out the night before a big launch in an effort to be among the first to get their hands on Cupertino's latest product. However, it seems the people queuing up for the iPhone 5 in New York City have an agenda.

Fortune reports that the first in line have been there since Thursday morning. That's eight days ahead of the iPhone 5's launch. Aware that those that line up first often receive a considerable amount of attention from the tech blogosphere, there are many there for reasons other than obtaining the newest iPhone. According to Fortune, one and two inline, Hazem Sayed and Sage are there to promote a social media startup called Vibe. The people occupying spots three through seven are being sponsored by a company that buys old iPhones. Gazelle has provided them with food, sleeping bags, tshirts, a tent, hats, and camp chairs for their troubles. They'll also get a free iPhone 5 when all of this is over.

As of Sunday night, there were only seven people in line and no one was there just because they really wanted to be the first to get the iPhone 5. We expect that will change and the true Apple fans will surface in the next few days. The iPhone 5 was announced last week and packs a 1GHz dual-core Apple A6 SoC, 1GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, a 4.0-inch Retina display, an 8-megapixel camera in the back with a 1.2-megapixel lens up front, WiFi, and support for 4G LTE. It's due out on Friday.

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    spat55 , 18 September 2012 01:20
    Why bother? Can't you just wait to get one? Also they arn't going to be much better than the iphone 4 anyway. Apple are one of the best company's for brainwashing it's customers, just get a Android for half the price, does the same thing!
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    doive1231 , 18 September 2012 15:51
    Are you sure these are not just bums who've heard there's a wine tasting event?
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    billybiff , 18 September 2012 16:05
    8 days, 8 DAYS, These people cant have much in their life's to waste a week queueing for a phone they most likley already have in the last iphone.
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    Skid , 18 September 2012 19:59
    Here is hoping the first person in the queue intends to smash the phone infront of everyone else, although if that did happen I would fear for his life.

    In all seriousness though, how can you afford to get an iPhone if you have enough free time to sit outside the store for 8 days. And if you've taken the time off work, that's one hell of a waste of a holiday for effectively a iPhone 4s+1.
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    radikulram , 18 September 2012 23:47
    SkidHere is hoping the first person in the queue intends to smash the phone infront of everyone else, although if that did happen I would fear for his life.In all seriousness though, how can you afford to get an iPhone if you have enough free time to sit outside the store for 8 days. And if you've taken the time off work, that's one hell of a waste of a holiday for effectively a iPhone 4s+1.

    Benefit frauds.
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    eiskrystal , 19 September 2012 16:19
    Did any of you guys actually bother to READ the article?