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First-person account of iPhone 4-mania

route-facetime-20100623[1].pngThe line in the Hillsdale Shopping Mall in San Mateo, Calif. only stretched about 100 feet from the entrance to the Apple Store.

Line? Sorry, there were two lines stretching about 100 feet; one for those who pre-ordered and one for those who did not.

The ones who pre-ordered were moved through a little faster, but those waiting without a reservation were escorted in by Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) employees in blue t-shirts and wielding iPhones and iPads modified for point of sale and inventory management.

The line was slow, but it did move. Staffers inside the store said there had been no problems getting phones activated, a far cry from the disastrous pre-order day, where AT&T's servers crashed from customer overload.

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