Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mission: iPhone 4

I've been on a mission for the past few months, desperately seeking an iPhone 4 in the Eternal City (side note: I have to buy it in Italy because I can deduct the cost as a business expense). So far it's been an epic fail. The first few iPhones that actually were released on the official date at the end of July were snatched up in record time. Not even my Mac boyz managed to get me one!

Next step: I started calling every store possible to no avail because 1) lots of places had closed or were closing for the month-long August holiday and 2) lots of places just don't answer their damn phones. I find it odd that in a country where people are glued to their cell phones 24-7, they don't demand that retailers actually answer phones and provide you with information like prices, wait times, etc. Apparently people here have an abundance of time to go around to each and every store in search of a particular item. I don't.
It's mid-September now and I am still sans iPhone 4. Today I made one last desperate attempt to call ANY and ALL electronic stores in malls, since they're actually open all day long and usually answer their phones... usually. The results? Mediaworld bites the big one because they don't answer their phones, nor did half of the Euronics stores I called. Trony's operators win the prize for answering their phones and for providing me with the requested info.
As for the iPhone 4, nada. They *should* be in stock in a month or so (yeah, right). Wish me luck and if anybody sees a 16G iPhone 4 for sale, let me know!

8 comments:

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Good luck. I have to get a new phone and was thinking about getting a smart phone. My little rinky dink phone I bought as a tourist is dying.

My friend recently purchased an iPhone 4 at the Vodafone on Tritone and I heard the one on Via del Corso had them too.

Romerican said...

Thanks girl! Unfortunately, lots of the phone companies like Vodafone, TIM etc have a very limited supply so they're only selling the iPhones WITH a contract, which I don't want. Fingers crossed, I need to get rid of my "stupid" phone and step up into the world of smart phones!

marcel said...

did you tried the apple store in roma est?

Romerican said...

Marcel- don't even get me started on the Roma Est Apple store!! First of all, they RARELY answer their phone. When I did manage to get through, one clerk told me they had the phones in stock ("lots" to quote her) and 30 minutes later I called back again to check (I've been in Italy long enough to know that before hauling ass all the way out there, I should double check and triple check to avoid any unpleasant surprises) and I was told they had no phones, they'd sold out days ago. I tried calling back a third time but never managed to get through.
BUT the good news is I managed to find a phone through a store called "Portatili"!!

waltzing matilda said...

well, I actually got one in Roma Est a few days ago and from what I understood they should have a few more..
good luck!

Romerican said...

Thanks but I'm all set, I found one.

Anonymous said...

do you have the phone, address o site of the Portatili store?

Thanks

Romerican said...

Portatili
p.le di ponte milvio,4
Tel: 06/33220048