Sure, people have been camped out for days in front of the Apple Stores. But they'll be selling iPhones at AT&T stores, too, and — according to a spot check just performed by New York's intrepid interns — Ma Bell is the place to be. At noon today there were 197 people on line in front of the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street; a dozen blocks south at the AT&T store at Fifth and 47th, eight people were waiting. After the jump, line lengths at six Manhattan iPhone locations, along with whatever other information we could glean.
Apple Store Fifth Avenue
People on line at noon: 197
Rumor: The store will stock 2,000 today; each customer may buy two. No. 17 on line will sell his spot for $1,000.
Apple Store Soho
People on line at noon: 90
Rumor: Phones will be released starting at 2 p.m.
AT&T store, Broadway and Astor Place
People on line at noon: 42
AT&T store, Wall Street
People on line at noon: 37
AT&T store, Lexington Avenue and 44th Street
People on line at noon: 13
Rumor: Store will close from 4:30 to 6 p.m., then reopen till 11 p.m.
AT&T store, Madison Avenue and 46th Street
People on line at noon: 12
Rumor: Store will close from 4 to 6 p.m. to prepare; even store staff won't know how many they’ll have in stock till then.
AT&T store, Fifth Avenue and 47th Street
People on line at noon: 8