I can't find the post, but somewhere I read that the real issue with activation is that Apple's servers are overloaded - not with people activating new phones, but people upgrading the software on their current iPhones. In fact, they're so slammed that it's bricking phones. I'm glad I'm not someone who syncs my phone regularly (for better or worse).
I was thinking though, if there are any migration tools, or if I'll have to reconfigure everything on my new phone.
It seems I will not be going to the Apple store at lunch today . . .