Ok, so we all know "fido will carry the iphone 6 and 6 plus on september 19th" but... is this REALLY the case?
I mean, if I remember well last year with iphone 5S, there was so many fido stores (probable all of them haha) that still never got any iphone 5S 1 week after the "supposed launch day". So, I'm wondering what will happen this year??
Or, like last year, they will recive like.. 2-3 iPhones and no more.. wtf lol
Gladly, I pre-ordered mine this morning and I'm # 6 in line
iPhones get sent to the stores directly from Apple, and not from the networks distribustion centres, this is the case with all the networks, Fido, Rogers, Telus, etc. And therefore depends on how many handsets Apple will send to the stores at launch, and usually turn up at the stores the day before or early morning of launch day.
If Apple follow their previous methods and calculations (this has been used by them since the iPhone 2), they will not have enough stock in their distribution center to supply a decent amount of phones to the stores.
Apple give priority to their own stores with the phones then the networks (as they get paid by the network then).
Also not that some store managers will play the game of not having the phone in stock if you are looking to upgrade, than if you go in for a new connection (as staff get paid more commission on a new connection then a upgrade).
Trick is go in pretending to want a new connection, then once they bring the phone out, tell them its a upgrade not a new connection (if they say the phone is not a upgrading version then they are lying, thes stock is all the same)!
For the stores its not about it being reservered or not, I've been in the Phone industry for a long time, from store level to head office, the game is always the same.
The stock they recieve will not be specific to the number of reservations, but according to what is supplied, it then the responsability of the store manager to allocate the reservered and non reserved quantaties.
Say 25 handsets arrive at the store for launch, the store maanager can easliy say 5 are for reservations and 20 for walk-ins,
another manager may say 10 are for reservations and the rest is for walk-ins.
There are managers that will allocate to reservations first and say if the customer hasn't arrived by 5pm then the handset is off the reservation list, till the next delivery, or if they make it in.