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Fairfield County Crowds Line Up Early To Get New iPhones

Eddie Senker holds up his wife Shelley's new iPhone 6 after they left the AT&T retail store at 2147 Summer St. in Stamford on Friday morning. Shelley Senker got in line at 6 a.m.
Eddie Senker holds up his wife Shelley's new iPhone 6 after they left the AT&T retail store at 2147 Summer St. in Stamford on Friday morning. Shelley Senker got in line at 6 a.m. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Customers wait patiently in line at the AT&T retail store at 2147 Summer St. on Friday to get a chance to buy the new iPhone 6 that became available to the general public on Friday.
Customers wait patiently in line at the AT&T retail store at 2147 Summer St. on Friday to get a chance to buy the new iPhone 6 that became available to the general public on Friday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Miguel Martinez, 27, is eagerly waiting in line in Stamford to get his new iPhone 6 on Friday morning.
Miguel Martinez, 27, is eagerly waiting in line in Stamford to get his new iPhone 6 on Friday morning. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Shelley Senker wanted to make sure that she got her new iPhone 6, so she arrived at the AT&T retail store at 2147 Summer St. in Stamford at 6 a.m., two hours before it opened, on a chilly Friday morning.

A few hours later, Senker said it was worth the wait as she walked out of the store with her husband, Eddie, and a new iPhone 6.

"I can't imagine life without it," she said with a smile about the iPhone that stores an estimated 3,000 photos. "It's like a big photo book."

She has been an iPhone devotee ever since the iPhone 3 first came out. But Eddie, a veterinarian, doesn't plan on buying his own iPhone 6. He uses her old phones but said he also appreciates the new phone's quality.

He also thought of his wife, bringing her and overcoat and gloves while she waited in line.

An overcoat is what Michael Bongiorno, 25, could have used as he stood in line wearing a T-shirt. But he shrugged off the chilly weather as he looked forward to getting his hands on the new iPhone 6.

"I just like new stuff," Bongiorno said. "When they come out with new sneakers I get them, when they come out new phone I get it. A new TV I get it.  I like new technology."

Bongiorno has an iPhone 5S but said he would have no problem selling it.

"It is the easiest phone to use and it does everything," he said. "It's like taking the computer on the road."

Standing beside Bongiorno in line was Miguel Martinez, 27, who had a iPhone 4S.

'It's easy to use," Martinez said about the iPhone. He wasn't sure if he would keep his old phone or sell it.

The iPhone 6S is much larger than previous iPhones and the iPhone 6. For some, the 6S may be too large, Bongiorno said.

"The regular 6 no, the 6S maybe," he said.

The phones were unveiled by Apple at an event in California almost two weeks ago.

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