October 14, 2011 10.44 am This story is over 147 months old

Lincolnites queue for iPhone 4S

iPhone frenzy: The Lincolnite takes a look at city stock levels for the current most sought after new smartphone.

Lincolnites are queuing up around the city centre in the hope of picking up Apple’s latest smartphone on launch day.

Apple released its new mobile phone model, the iPhone 4S, on October 14, after allowing pre-orders from October 7.

All network providers carry the iPhone, so shops across Lincoln have been stocking up as well as taking pre-orders, expecting a rush on launch day.

Demand has been so high in America that Apple and resellers ran out of stock. This has not been the case in the UK.

The iPhone 4S has an 8 megapixel camera, dual core processor and an intelligent voice command app called Siri.

They are available in black and white and have a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB memory.

While the iPhone 4S is available in Lincoln, the stock is tight.

Dozens queued outside O2’s Waterside mall store to get the new device.

Where to buy an iPhone 4S in Lincoln


For existing O2 customers, join the 40-strong queue in the Waterside Shopping Centre. According to Store Leader Michael Jervais, the shop has 180 in stock ready to be picked up.

While waiting, O2 have been handing out copies on the Sun newspaper as well as popcorn.

Those not wanting to queue today should visit their website, and search iPhone stock levels by store. The levels are updated just half an hour behind real-time stock.


Three is the best place to have a chance of buying an iPhone 4S as a new or existing customer on launch day if you didn’t pre-order first.

Sales assistant Dean Dodson said that other than the 70 in stock that are pre-orders; Three Lincoln has 25 ready to buy.

“The 16GB model in black and white have been the most popular with customers” Dodson added.


By 10am this morning, Orange were already out of stock, offering pre-orders only. Of the 27 in stock, these were all saved for customers.


T-Mobile are only offering pre-orders for the “foreseeable future”. There are 6 models in stock, but once again these are reserved for customers.

Carphone Warehouse

While Carphone Warehouse are stocking the iPhone 4S, they only have two 16GB handsets for launch day.

Phones 4 U

Phones 4 U were offering the new iPhone on Vodafone and O2 only. At present however, they only have “plenty” of models locked to Vodafone available.


Vodafone were unable to comment on their stock levels at the time of writing, but they have a specific till for customers picking up a pre-ordered phone, and were busy selling iPhones to those who had not previously pre-ordered.

Have you tried to pick up an iPhone in Lincoln yet? Post your experience in the comments.