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Live blog: iPhone 3GS launch day

The rolling rollout of the iPhone 3G S is under way. Apple's latest iPhone has been going on sale Friday at 7 a.m. local time in each time zone where it's available.

We've got a team of people covering the launch. In the East, CNET News' Caroline McCarthy and Marguerite Reardon are reporting live Apple and AT&T stores in Manhattan. Out west, Erica Ogg, Josh Lowensohn, and James Martin are keeping tabs on iPhone sales in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Are people lining up the way they have for past iPhone launches? Is the phone everything they expected it to be? Does it really take just 10 to 15 minutes to get set up? Tune in and find out as the day goes along.

T minus 3 hours

(Credit: Caroline McCarthy/CNET)

McCarthy, 4:14 a.m. EDT at the 5th Avenue Apple Store: Things are awfully quiet with less than three hours to go before the iPhone 3G S launch, even at the flagship Apple Store on 5th Avenue and 58th St. As of 4 a.m. there were only about 20 people in line: almost exclusively young and male. The store, normally open 24/7, was closed at midnight in preparation.

Engadget reported Thursday that a group of college students had shown up with 24 hours to go, but it doesn't sound like they had much competition for a while. This is reportedly one of the coldest and wettest Junes on record in New York, so the weather may have deterred many--as well as the mess that ensued last year when AT&T activation took up to an hour. For now, at least, the weather is holding up: it's chilly and foggy, but no rain.

[via CNET]

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