Crossroads residents grab up iPhone 5
Sept. 21, 2012 at 4:21 a.m.
Updated Sept. 22, 2012 at 4:22 a.m.
A covered table outside Victoria's AT&T store offered an array of candy, chips and other snacks. Meanwhile, inside, customers grabbed up an entirely different kind of treat.
As the iPhone 5 hit the shelves on Friday, customers made their way out to upgrade.
Victoria resident Andrew Cano contacted a friend who works at AT&T, 6308 N. Navarro St., early on Friday to make sure the phones were in stock. After mowing his parents lawn and running errands, he grabbed up his 16G iPhone 5 about noon.
"There wasn't even a line," he said. "I just walked in and got it."
The Dow employee said he doesn't remember how he got by before owning the iPhone and encouraged other people to look into them.
"I always tell everyone. 'It's gonna change your life,'" he said. "And it will. I can't explain it."
Chris Simpson, a Dallas resident in Victoria for survey work, pre-ordered his phone from Verizon and picked it up from the 8706 N. Navarro St. shop about 3 p.m.
He said it was the improved camera and camcorder that he was most excited about, but said the upgraded GPS service would help with his job.
Not everyone's iPhone wishes were fulfilled on Friday, however.
Louisiana resident Jasper Boudere, who is in the Crossroads for oil field work, arrived at AT&T about 3 p.m. to find the store sold out of the model he wanted. Although he placed an order, he said his new phone won't be in for 21 days.
"I'm kind of excited," said Boudere, who's owned an iPhone for more than two years. "But I hate to wait."
Eric and Sarah Rendon ventured to the Sprint store, 6230 N. Navarro St., with their two sons to see about upgrading. When the shop didn't have the phones they were looking for, they said they hoped for better luck the following Friday.
The husband-wife duo have owned Apple products in the past, but said they looked forward to making the iPhone leap.
"My friends all have them and I get jealous," Eric Rendon said, chuckling. "I'm ready."