I was able to pick up my phone yesterday. Anyone who pre-ordered and had their device shipped should be able to pick it up. The May 3 launch date is for anyone who didn't reserve and wants to get one.
I am #21 out of #152 and am very surprised with being so low in my reservation that my S4 (white) hasnt shipped yet to my home address. Very disappointed. Anybody in Ontario receive theres yet?
so people who didnt preorder can go friday to the store and buy one. i preordered and have to wait 2 weeks. that makes sense.
Going on Friday does not guarantee you a phone.
Unless you are willing to campout you will likely not get a walk-in phone if you arrive 5 minutes after open. Think how fast iphone 5 sold out.
The reservation guarantees when your phone arrives they will hold it for you, so you don't have to fight the lines and will EVENTUALLY get one. If you thinking waiting now is bad, wait when the phone sells out within an hour and the stores cannot get anymore. They delay will be much worse.