If you missed out on pre-ordering an iPhone 5 last week (they sold out in an hour), you’ll have the opportunity to buy one from a local Apple store starting Friday September 21st at 8am.  Getting in line early is taking on a whole new meaning with some people already waiting in line a week early for the new smartphone.

Before you despair about having to stand in line for hours, consider using TaskRabbit, a service that connects busy people with “Rabbits” otherwise known as people with free time who can help you get things done.

For the iPhone 5 release, TaskRabbit is allowing you to skip the line and hire someone to stand in line for you.  By paying $55 to a willing Rabbit, you will gain 4 hours of your life back.

We sat down with Jamie Viggiano, Head of Corporate Marketing at TaskRabbit, and talked with her about how TaskRabbit removes the hassle of getting a new iPhone and their experience using SendGrid:

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TaskRabbit was inspired to create “iPhone Skip The Line” because many of the employees are also iPhone owners.  Jamie shared that nearly all the staff had reserved their own TaskRabbits in San Francisco to wait in line.

To get started:  http://taskrabbit.com/iphone5

Maker sure to check out their video and blog post, plus learn how you can win an iPhone 5.

This service is currently being offered in San Francisco and NYC, but I found hundreds of people asking  for Rabbits to stand in line in Austin, Boston and Chicago so any city is fair game if there are local TaskRabbits.

TaskRabbit is a customer of SendGrid and they send 100% of their product emails between customers and TaskRabbits using our SMTP API service.  Jamie shared that TaskRabbit delivers, worry free, more than 3 million emails a month with SendGrid.

Photo credit: PhotoRob13

Adria is a developer evangelist at SendGrid. Originally from Minnesota but now living in San Francisco, she attends hackathons, conferences and local meetups showing developers how to leverage the SendGrid API. Adria has been a speaker at SXSW, O'Reilly Web 2.0, BlogHer and is involved in helping women programmers like herself learn to code. Loves bacon, snowboarding and endless Wikipedia surfing.