iPhone Calling! But Not for You, or You ...

Some early adopters report long delays in activating service
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2007 9:07 AM CDT
In the photo released by the Palo Alto Weekly, Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks with customers after the launch of the new Apple iPhone in Palo Alto, Calif., Friday June 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Palo Alto Weekly,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The iPhone became available Friday, and the grousing started minutes later. Customers around the country reported long delays in activating service, and when they weren't able to use their new gadgets to call their friends to complain, they took their frustrations to the Internet, the Mercury News reports. "I have the latest and greatest in paperweights," one user wrote.

Although a spokesman said AT&T was "not experiencing any significant companywide activation issues," the problem appeared to be with the gadget's exclusive service provider; the AP reported that activations through Apple's iTunes service seemed to go smoothly. And the overwhelming complaint was surely music to Apple's ears: The iPhone was selling out all over. (Read more iPhone stories.)