Apple stores and phone stores across the country saw a wave of excited "techies" Friday morning, as they hoped to get their hands on the brand new iPhone 5, and Howard County was no different.
People were lined up more than an hour before the Verizon store at Snowden Square in Columbia opened at 8 a.m., and more than 200 people have reportedly shown up at the Apple store in the Mall in Columbia.
Dana Molyneaux, of Elkridge, said she was the 13th customer at the Verizon store at Snowden, and she showed up before 7 a.m.
She has never stood in line for the first-day sale of an item, but she is a shopping warrior of sorts.
"I'm a crazy Black Friday shopper, and I wake up early anyway to go to work, so it wasn't that big of a deal to get up," Molyneaux said.
She says she's happy she has the day off of work so she could get her hands on one of the new iPhones, and she was out of the store before 9 a.m.
Emo Sowho, of Silver Spring, came early to make the switch over from his old phone.
"I don't really do the early morning standing-in-line-and-waiting thing," Sowho said from the Verizon store. "But since I have a Blackberry, it's probably worth it."
He said he has never stood in line first thing in the morning for anything, but the iPhone 5 is worth it. He won't even let people touch it for some time, he joked.
"Not until the hype cools down," Sowho said.
This is his first Apple product, and he said it could take some time to become acquainted with the software.
Here's where you can scoop the phone on Friday in Howard County:
Apple Store - Columbia Mall
- Open Friday at 8 a.m., mall will be open at 6 a.m.
- Contact: 410-423-1801
Verizon Wireless - BJ's - 9011 Snowden River Pkwy
- Open Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Contact: 410-872-9270
Verizon Wireless at Columbia - 9021 Snowden Square Dr.
- Open Friday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Contact: 410-872-7200
AT&T Wireless - Columbia Mall
- Open Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Contact: 410-992-3807
AT&T Wireless - 6490 Dobbin Center Way
- Open Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Contact: 410-992-0223
Sprint Wireless - 6435 Dobbin Road Ste B8
- Open Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Contact: 410-740-8250
AT&T Wireless - 9051 Baltimore National Pike
- Will not have iPhone 5 available immediately, according to an employee, already pre-sold their first shipment.