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My Endless Pursuit of an iPhone in the UK

Just arrived back home to beautiful sunny Vancouver. I rarely blog about the weather, but maaaaaan it was cold, rainy, cloudy and nothing like summer in England. You get sun for 5 mins, just start to relax, then boom! ominous cloud and rain! I’m writing an angry note to the Queen!

So I still not in possession of an iPhone. I seriously can’t believe that I could not find a 16GB in England. They were all sold out everywhere and there were massive wait lists just to get on a list to get an iPhone. You gotta respekt apple for the incredible hype power they have.

I’ll probably wake up tomorrow, walk out of my house, and find they are selling iPhones at the corner store. Oh cruel fate!

PS. I promise a non iPhone related post asap. Just gotta get through the multitude of photos and videos and biscuits i bought.

PPS. I got totally pulled over AND interrogated for 1 hour at customs in Vancouver because they didn’t believe that:

  1. I was a photographer;
  2. I’d stayed so few days in the UK without some ulterior motive like, say, drug running;
  3. I traveled so much in the UK (London – Cambridge – Bury St. Edmunds – Leeds – Derbyshire (Alton Towers!!!) and back;
  4. The MacBook Air was so small;
  5. Someone could spend $50 on biscuits (I reckon they’ve never been in Marks & Spencer);
  6. I had not laced said biscuits with Narcotics.

Note to self: Next time lie about the biscuits.

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27 Comments

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    Mark
    July 18, 2008 at 2:57 AM

    Poor Lisa. I queued for 3 hours in Wimbledon, London, on the launch day and i got the last 16gb iPhone 3G. The very last one!

    Love my little precious.

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    Diego
    July 18, 2008 at 3:14 AM

    did you do something to your hair? Se mira diferente.

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    Scuba Steve
    July 18, 2008 at 4:11 AM

    I am personally glad you were unable to upgrade your iPhone. You look too good talking into your Canadian version. It will just not be the same once you start talking into a “real” fancy slim version. Oh well, the time will come. It is inevitable.

    Welcome back by the way. It has been long days with no new Mostly Lisa posts.

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    Adam
    July 18, 2008 at 5:50 AM

    Are you sure you really want one in Canada, intersting post about the cost of an iPhone here http://apeatling.wordpress.com/2008/06/27/iphone-3g-costs-uk-vs-usa-vs-canada/

    Ouch to being Canadian….

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    Jonic
    July 18, 2008 at 6:33 AM

    Marks & Spencer? You decadent swine! :P

    Hope we treated you well! Can’t believe you were just down the road from me again!

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    Dana
    July 18, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    I think I agree with Scuba Steve. I’ll miss the Canadian iPhone when you finally get the real mccoy.

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    Andy
    July 18, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Trot on down to the Rogers store by Safeway … I walked in there on Tuesday and picked myself up some 3G action. I changed my tune, I know…. :)

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    Chris
    July 18, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    eBay. They tend to go for over $1000 there, but they can be found for less (sometimes a lot less) if you spend a lot of time looking. The only issue is that if you get one from overseas you may not get the petit ac adapter that the North American version comes with.

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    Gary Nelson
    July 18, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Hi Lisa

    You must have been on Canadian time:) My mate got one in Durham City, said the shop was sold out by lunch time, should have got up earlier:)
    We went to a Wedding in Bury St Edmonds last year, nice place. Shame I didn’t know you were in Leeds, could have bought you a coffee!
    Hope you get the phone you want soon!
    Cheers
    Gary

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    Duane Storey
    July 18, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    i was in pacific center the other day and they were selling tons. not sure if they have the 16gb, but the 8gb isn’t hard to find.

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    Haig
    July 19, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    You and your iPhone fetish! When will the insanity ever end? At least your still cute though….*sigh*…..

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    Mel
    July 19, 2008 at 2:18 AM

    oh poor Lisa!!
    i think that you + iPhone = End of the world. If it were any other situation, the techGods would let you have one but sadly this is Not To Be.
    =[
    && boo customs. how could anyone NOT believe you spending £50 in biscuits? stupidstupidstupidcustoms. but then again did you hear about the kid who was accused of baking LSD into a batch of cookies and hand-delivering them to a police station? so, narcotics laced biscuits is not so far-fetched. But alas…. customs still sucks.

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    Mark Cohen
    July 19, 2008 at 7:02 AM

    It’s been something like that trying to get one in Australia. the only thing more annoying than the insane queues to try get an iphone is all the people who already got theirs. Grr… ;)

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    David
    July 19, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Gotta love Canadian Customs. Had no luck for 5 days in Calgary looking for a 16GB, but got to know several Rogers employees well seeing how I ended up there 3 or 4 times a day. Ended up ordering one on Thursday, should be here by Monday (if UPS plays nice).

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    Mark Cohen
    July 20, 2008 at 2:27 AM

    @Pasquale I’m in Sydney. If you’re prepared to part with a kidney Telstra has heaps but if not, this is the line for Optus at the Apple Store http://www.flickr.com/photos/rageman/2677718167/ Optus are apparently sold out and they said they wont have more for three weeks or so :(

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    Dennis Bjørn Petersen
    July 20, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Webmonkey has created a clever little iPhone availability service.

    Based on Apple’s own iPhone availability service, you can locate the closest store with iPhones in stock.

    The closest store to me is 5627 miles away…yes it only works in the US.

    The closest store to Vancouver is 619 miles away and it’s a black 16gb.

    http://duvinci.com/projects/iphone-inventory/

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    Spike
    July 21, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Ordered a 3G from Rogers last week, but I probably won’t get it before my next trip to Spain. The good news is that PwnageTool 2.0 dropped over the weekend, so I now have the new firmware running on my iPhone Classic. Teh awesomeness of Remote app for AppleTV cannot be overstated.

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    Justine
    July 21, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Duuude, I’m having the same trouble lol. Let’s fight someone?

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    Mostly Lisa
    July 21, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    ps i stiillllllll don’t have an iPhone. at this point. i’d probably tackle a beaver for one.

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    Chris
    July 21, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    That shouldn’t be too tough. They’re fairly-slow moving. ;)

    I heard that Wirelesswave also carries iPhones. There’s another option for ya, if Rogers locations don’t pan out.

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    Dana
    July 21, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    If it helps any, a friend of mine in Calgary ordered an iphone from Rogers over the phone and got it in a week.

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    Mark Cohen
    July 22, 2008 at 4:19 AM

    I waited two hours in a queue today and got my 16 gb black iphone. I know you don’t care but after all that queueing I needed to tell people :oP FTW! ;)

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    Charles
    July 22, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Lisa… you are so adorable I think I’m ready to give you my iPhone.

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    Pallian
    July 23, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    You still don’t have the silly iphone? Send me your mailing address and I’ll mail you on – I’ll write it off as an business expense to make a fellow Canuck happy :)

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    Chris
    July 23, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    @Pallian Care to make two fellow canucks happy? ;-)

    Srsly. I saw a few today. The only reason I don’t have one now is because of Rogers’ contract requirement. And I was even willing to pay full price for one!

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    Steven
    July 26, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Hey, what did they think of your Canadian “Iphone”? I’m sure they thought it was some kind of detonator for a bomb…

    good luck on your pursuit of Iphone …i have the rights to that movie by the way!!

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