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The iPhone is yet another item we didn’t know we needed until we were told we do, others being the foam mattress topper, facial scrub, and lava lamp, but those didn’t require an alpha gene to acquire. In the Business section (likely to be the next to go) of today’s New York Times, we learn that some six million original iPhone users were trying to get into stores yesterday desperate to upgrade to new software, competing with virgin buyers (though not in Virgin stores) of the new iPhone 3G, who were frantic to get their hands on the new model.

Lines of shoppers wrapped around the block at Apple and AT&T stores with some shoppers paying people to hold their spots. It’s not impossible that a few were there because they’d spotted a line and mistakenly assumed there was a job opening or rock concert.

Again, my husband was right. “Get a Blackberry,” he’d said.

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