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March 25, 2011

Get an iPad 2 today without waiting in line

You think I'm being cute or disingenuous, don't you?

Well, I'm not.

Yesterday I got an iPad 2 configured just the way I wanted with little effort — a total of ten minutes from start to finish.

OK, OK, I hear you — stop teasing us and dish, joe!

Just follow these steps:

1. Go to the Best Buy and/or Target iPad 2 finder websites.

2. Put in the color/capacity/±3G/carrier you want.

3. When the page comes up, put in your ZIP code.

4. A list of nearby stores and whether or not that model is available will come up.

5. Call that store and ask if they have that iPad 2. Yesterday I saw that my Podunk town Best Buy had the 32GB AT&T black model in stock [top], so I called them and sure enough they did. They said they'd hold if for me for 10 minutes at Customer Service (I got there in 6).

6. Voilà, there it was and here it is at bookofjoe World Headquarters™, easy as pie.

Disclosure: I've known about the Best Buy and Target iPad 2 websites since Sunday evening but there was no way I was gonna post this information until I had mine in my hot little hands. I mean, I love my UVA-MESS homeys to death but even love has to take a back seat sometimes.

[via Obama Pacman and a reader who prefers to remain deep black and whose wish will be my command]

March 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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Apple has been doling out the iPad 2 in dribs and drabs. I've received the USB and camera connectors, then the HDMI connector, then the Apple Care policy. Yesterday the cover (leather, cream) and the extra 10 w power supply arrived. The Apple on-line store says that the (engraved - beat that at BB or the anti-gay Target) iPad is on the FEDEX Truck and will be delivered by 4:30 pm today. The iPad 2 Dock is still in queue and scheduled for April 8 delivery.

Oh yeah, today's the day that the 2nd Gen IPad goes on sale outside the US for the first time. That will put a dent in the nasty little business of iPad "scalpers" using straw-purchasers to buy the new iPad and ship it to wealthy buyers overseas.

I am pleased that the new iPad will still have an unlimited AT&T data plan (as an early adopter I have been grandfathered into the unlimited plan for $30.00/mo - and the SIM chips are interchangeable - so 1st Gen will get the new SIM chip and the cheapest data plan and the old SIM will become the SIM for iPad 2).

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Mar 25, 2011 12:55:03 PM

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