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  • Apple Stores Closing from 4-5 pm to Prep iPad 3G Arrival



    If you're planning to step out today to get the new iPad 3G (and you haven't already heard), Apple retail stores will close for one hour between 4-5 PM. The reason? To prep the stores in anticipation of the iPad 3G's arrival. Does this mean Apple store employees will be hanging streamers and inflating balloons? Not quite. It's much more likely that the store will simply prep displays and employees will get their "game faces" on before the crowds arrive. And there will likely be some crowds, though probably not as substantial as those seen on April 3rd.

    If you were among the first to pre-order the iPad 3G, you should expect delivery at home in a matter of hours. On Thursday, customers began receiving emailed notices that their iPad 3G had shipped for delivery. This time around, Apple is choosing FedEx for delivery. Last time, to ship the Wi-Fi models, Apple utilized UPS.

    If, on the other hand, you haven't pre-ordered the tablet yet and you will trek out to your nearest Apple retail store (or a select Best Buy store) today, potential buyers are urged by some to show up during the one-hour closure period between 4-5 PM to "get in line" and best ensure that you'll be able to obtain an iPad 3G.

    AT&T is offering no-contract data plans for the iPad 3G - $15 per month for 250MB of bandwidth and $30 for unlimited access. The plan in place through AT&T also includes access (free of charge) to AT&T's many Wi-Fi hot spots in the United States.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Stores Closing from 4-5 pm to Prep iPad 3G Arrival started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      Quote Originally Posted by chuckiecheese View Post
      me too



      hahahhaha u crack head!!! j/k...it is mad addicting!! Im just gonna settle with my 64 wifi...using mywi to tether when I need to..and dont really need gps cuz i alraedy got it on the 3gs
      I already tetherd my wifi ipad and i probably will tether my 3G ipad. I just like having the option. Since there is no contract with AT&T, why not. Im already paying $700 for the 64GB why not spend the extra $129.00. I don't need the GPS either for the same reason. But i like thats its available if i need it.

      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      try holding an iphone close to your face
      Lol! Or i can use my wifes ipad nano(ipod touch)infont of a magnifying glass.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      Quote Originally Posted by vindutch View Post
      My 3G 64GB ipad should be at my house in an hour or two. Im going through withdrawal. I bought an ipad on April 3 used it for two weeks and returned it on April 17. Been waiting two weeks for my 3G and it feels like its been a month.
      hahahaha thats an awesome way to pass time...
      "reason for return?"
      "oh, i was just killing time until the 3G arrived." lol
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      Quote Originally Posted by extremzocker View Post
      hahahaha thats an awesome way to pass time...
      "reason for return?"
      "oh, i was just killing time until the 3G arrived." lol
      I told the girl who did the return at the Apple store that i basically rented it from them for $50.00 for a two week trial. Because the $50.00 bucks was there restocking fee. But to me it was worth it.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by vindutch View Post



      Lol! Or i can use my wifes ipad nano(ipod touch)infont of a magnifying glass.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      Quote Originally Posted by vindutch View Post
      I told the girl who did the return at the Apple store that i basically rented it from them for $50.00 for a two week trial. Because the $50.00 bucks was there restocking fee. But to me it was worth it.
      what did she say??
    1. inzandity's Avatar
      inzandity -
      Yeah I ended up selling my iPad 16gb on craigslist and made enough profit to buy a 3g 32gb model for the same price as the wifi only 16gb. I'm very happy about that :-) except that I am sitting in the mall waiting for a line to form up for the 3g version because I couldn't wait until May 7th for delivery...