West Texans Join in on the iPhone 5 Frenzy

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN- The wait is over for the iPhone 5. People were waiting to purchase the new device all over the country and the Permian Basin was no exception. Retailers around town were pretty busy.

Apple fans jammed shops to pick up Apple's latest iPhone.

"My iPhone 4 is full, I need a new phone, but I am very excited about the new features," newly iPhone 5 user, Muff Freejay, said.

iPhone 5 went on sale first thing Friday morning when stores opened at 8 a.m. People were camping out at the AT&T store in Midland early before it opened. They braved the chilly temperatures by sipping on some hot drinks.

The new phone is taller, thinner, has a longer battery life and a new four-inch screen which makes it easier to see.

"Now you have the IOS six, the IOS six allows you to a lot more multi-tasking," Aaron Atkins, Verizon Manager in Odessa, said.

The new phone also has a quicker processor and access to faster 4G networks, and that's one thing that had Brandon Lilly sold.

"I like that I'll be able to Facetime over 4G now, and that's a big deal for me, because I'm always at the store and never can," Lilly said.

But aside of all that, Freejay says she's more excited about the new camera enhancements on the phone.

"I take a lot of pictures with my iPhone and there's going to be some excitement of with the new developments with the camera app," Freejay said.

Security was present at all stores making sure everything ran smoothly.

The phone costs from $199 on up and it's carried by AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.