Not only did I get to be one of the first in the Apple store in San Francisco, but I was able to see Brian Lam and Jason Chen of Giz activate their iPhones. I just got to go through the process of activating the iPhone and learned one semi-important thing.
If you activate your iphone with your current number it erases your inbox and saved messages. Everything is gone after that so please get out a pen and paper (old school style) and write down the information you need from your voice mail before it is lost forever.
Looking back: I am amazed by how easy it is to activate and use; this phone is second nature. I’m not psyched about the type pad, because that is the only part that is not second nature. I like the tactile feel of the Blackberry and Treo when I type with my thumbs because it makes things much faster. However, the iPhone allows a pop-up key icon to appear and when you remove your finger it selects that key as if you were pushing down. Because I am used to pushing down to send the information rather than lifting up it will take some getting used to.
Currently the iPhone is not sold out. They still have 4G and 8G phones available in New York and San Francisco.