iPhone 4 Already Sold Out?

Well… that was fast. On Tuesday morning, preordering began for the 4th generation iPhone, which will officially launch June 24th. But by Tuesday afternoon, a massive wave of selling prompted a revised estimated shipping date for all subsequently placed preorders. Simply put, if you weren’t among the first to preorder, there’s a very slim possibility …   Read More

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Well… that was fast.

On Tuesday morning, preordering began for the 4th generation iPhone, which will officially launch June 24th.

But by Tuesday afternoon, a massive wave of selling prompted a revised estimated shipping date for all subsequently placed preorders. Simply put, if you weren’t among the first to preorder, there’s a very slim possibility that you will receive the iPhone 4 at your residence or place of business before the July 4th holiday.

July 2nd is the new estimated shipping date presented to customers when preordering.

Despite melted-down servers and other technological glitches of epic proportions that prevented many from preordering their updated Apple smartphone in a timely manner on Tuesday, supplies of the new iPhone still managed to sell like the proverbial hotcakes.

“Because of the incredible interest in iPhone 4, today was the busiest online sales day in AT&T history,” noted the carrier in response to the overwhelming demand. “As of Tuesday afternoon, customers who preorder iPhone 4 moving forward will receive their device on June 25 or later, depending on when the order is placed. We’ll email customers with confirmation once their order is placed, and again when it ships. In addition, we will have devices available on a first-come, first-serve basis in our stores beginning on June 24.”

As it stands, however, it isn’t believed that there will actually be many available iPhones for that “first come, first serve” arrangement on launch day. The anticipated shortage is so substantial that AT&T has promptly blocked out all employees from taking advantage of the iPhone preorder process. Apple has even requested that Best Buy stop accepting preorders for the white 4th gen iPhone model.

Although the updated iPhone was expected to be a hot commodity, few – including Apple and AT&T – adequately planned for the juggernaut sales recorded within only the first few hours of the preorder kick-off.

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3 comments

  1. Mansoor Ahmed

    Yes Eydie! You are quite right! In fact the bottom line was that iPhone 4.0 should be popular than HTC Droid Incredible, but I personally like HTC more than iPhone. There are quite a few reasons for this first is the look of it, and yes AT&T is going for the sale of iPhone, just because we found a security breach in iPad, and today I read that iPhone pre-orders had a security breach as well.

  2. Eydie

    Yeah, pretty sure this is a marketing ploy. With all the Gizmodo brewhaha, Apple knew exactly how much interest there would be in the iPhone 4. This is just an attempt to make the iPhone look more popular than the HTC Droid Incredible (which I believe is still backordered at Verizon despite its late-April launch) and the HTC EVO, which Sprint debuted just three days before the iPhone was announced. And AT&T needs to defend its decision to not offer any high-end smart phone that can compete with Apple sales. Sad thing is, Cupertino doesn't need to resort to such cheap tricks, since it's got the rep for user-friendliness and amazing brand awareness. Hmm, maybe this hints at fear of Android?

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