Update: The priority waiting lists are apparently a thing of the past. We are back to calling around, hoping to find one in stock.
Despite the widespread reports of antenna issues, many people still want an iPhone 4. So many that there are none available for walk-in customers even a month after launch! But it is possible to get one. Here’s how!
Head into your nearest Apple store. They won’t have any available, so ask to get on the priority list. They will email you the afternoon before a phone becomes available. Then you have to get in to the store before the end of the next day.
Simple? Here’s the trick: When you’re in the store, hop on one of the computers and use the following URL to get on a second store’s priority list.
You can only reserve one iPhone per store, but this doubles your chances. You don’t have to buy the phone when it comes up – just ignore the reservation or cancel it online.
Note: This URL won’t work anywhere but inside an Apple Store! It’s not really much of a trick – the employees will help you do this if you ask!