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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

June 29, 2007 at 1:47 PM

The skinny on the Seattle iPhone scene

Two of our reporters, Caroline Davis and Erik Ball, are valiantly cruising the town today, visiting several of the 10 AT&T stores and four Apple stores in the area that are selling the iPhone.

After visiting the Apple store in University Village, where there were about 100 people lined up, they report that a very intense community has formed.

People waiting in line have banded together and are in good spirits. Everyone is willing to help each other out, getting food and tending spots in line. Line-waiting duties also include reporting people who try to cut. Mostly, everyone is getting excited for todayt’s 6 p.m. launch — even the 25-or-so people who spent the night on the sidewalk.

Alex Gadini and Zeke Landi, both 16, slept overnight and are keeping their respectable third and fourth positions in line.

Gadini said his 18-year-old brother paid him $100 to stand in line and get a phone for him. Although he has additional incentive to wait, it wasn’t the first time he stood in line. Gadini and Landi said they once waited to buy a pair of Nike Jordans.

Eric Nelson, second in line, also has a background in queuing up. Last time, he said it was for Star Wars tickets. While eating a peanut butter sandwich, he nonchalantly said he doesn’t want the iPhone “that badly,” even though “it does all the things that you could want.”

Ryan Rawson, 30, of Seattle, said he got there today at 6 a.m. to get a iPhone because “most phones suck.” He currently owns a Motorola Pebl, but complains that it’s not great at viewing Web sites.

“You can visit the Web, but you don’t really get to see the pages very well,” he said.

He said another cool feature is that Apple will be able to upgrade the phone’s software when it connects to iTunes.

“You are buying the phone you will have forever,” he said.

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