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Today the iPhone 4 went on sale in the UK. Reg reader Miles Cheverton reports from the frontline, in his case the O2 store in Brighton. All reports and pics welcome!

As a bit of a rabid Apple fanboy, I wanted to get an iPhone 4 on day of release. I know I know.

As my wife and I have iPhones already, and both contracts have expired I looked forward to getting two phones from O2.

I did a lot of research, and even with O2 buggering people about and not doing pre-orders, I decided on them. I checked with O2 directly, several times that:

  • All stores would have stock
  • The Brighton store opened early and that
  • I could have two on the day

They said yes to everything.

After arriving at 6am and taking my 25th place in the queue (Another 200 people must have joined after me), I spent a enjoyable two hours waiting for the store to open ,chatting away, and another hour waiting for the first 24 people to be served.

When I got to the door they asked me what I wanted.

"Two iPhone 32GB on 24 month contracts," I chirped.

"You can only have one."

"But I have two contracts, both in my name."

"You can only have one."

"But O2 said I could have two!"

"You can only have one."

"My wife is five months pregnant and can't queue up at Six in the morning!"

"You can only have one."

No real apologies or explanations - now I only have one Jesus phone and the wife's 3G, which was going to my mum, is sat at home, old scratched and exceptionally slow now the crappy IOS4 is on it!!

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