Yup. I am just a little bummed. I was 55th in line (got there around 5:30pm) at the local AT&T store in Exton, PA and by the time the part of the line I was in got to the front, they had already run out of 8GB iPhones and a bunch of people either left or placed a direct order with AT&T for the 8GB phone.
The only reason why I stayed in line was because I figured I would order from them and then I’d at least have a point of contact if I had problems porting my cell phone number over. I even told the nice young guy who was helping me out that I would most definitely hunt him down if I had a problem.
So, yeah, it was very obvious that local AT&T stores had nothing like the rumored 300 or so iPhones per store. I guess that Apple was being bearish on the units they would need for this launch.
As for the experience, it was very similar to going to an Apple Store Grand Opening. People clapped when the first customers walked out with their phones and the salespeople were overly nice. I can say that I did appreciate Brian, the store manager, coming out and giving the line updates. He did a great job considering the circumstances. The hostesses at the Applebees next door came around the line around 6:30 or so asking if anyone wanted reservations or to order something to go. Passersby were generally nice, although a few were like “All this for a phone?” Oh and yes, there was a security guard placed at this store just for this event. It was a bit of overkill for a suburban strip mall.