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AT&T store prepares for sales of iPhone

June 28, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The AT&T (Cingular) store at Valley Mall in Hagerstown is gearing up for Friday, when people are expected to line up to buy the new iPhone from Apple.

The Hagerstown store is one of 10 within a 50-mile radius of the city that will start selling the phones at 6 p.m., according to AT&T's Web site. Other Tri-State area stores selling the phones are in Frederick, Md., and Chambersburg, Pa.

"It's going to be a revolutionary device," said Alexa Kaufman, director of public relations for AT&T.

The iPhones will be sold exclusively by AT&T and Apple.

Besides serving as a cell phone and iPod, iPhones carry Apple's Safari Internet browser. In addition, users can scroll through their voicemail and listen to messages in preferential order, rather than the sequence that the calls came in.

Kaufman said iPhones will be limited to one per customer and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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If supplies run out, customers may remain in line and place orders for home delivery, she said.

Kaufman did not say how many iPhones that the local stores have stocked.

The price of iPhones starts at $499 for the four-gigabyte model and $599 for eight gigabytes, she said.

According to the AT&T Web site, customers also have to sign a two-year contract with AT&T based on minutes of usage, similar to other cell phone plans.

On Friday, AT&T stores will close at 4:30 p.m. to prepare for the sale and reopen at 6 p.m., Kaufman said. In most cases, the stores will be on normal operating schedules after that.




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Addresses of AT&T stores that will sell iPhones:

· 17301 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown

· 3055 Black Gap Road, Chambersburg, Pa.

· 1155 Carlisle St., Hanover, Pa.

· 5509 Urbana Pike, Frederick, Md.

· 20934 B1C Frederick Road, Germantown, Md.

· 538 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, Md.

· 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, Md.

· 200 Clifton Blvd., Westminster, Md.

· 2148 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, Va.

· 21031 Triple Seven Road, Sterling, Va.

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