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iPhone 3G sold out in 21 states

updated 10:00 am EDT, Tue July 15, 2008

iPhone 3G sold out

The iPhone 3G is now in extremely short supply in the US, according to official Apple tracking widgets. As of 6AM Eastern time on Tuesday, the 8 and 16GB models are listed as as unavailable in the Apple Stores of 21 American states: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Across the country some 117 stores have reported selling out completely, while only 27 can claim to have white and black 16GB iPhones as well as the basic 8GB version. Apple operates 188 stores in total within the US.

It is recommended by the company that people looking for an iPhone check stock after 9PM local time, to ensure any new shipments have arrived. Buyers should then come to a store as soon as possible, as a result of the company's first-come-first-served sales policy.

Apple Stores may also be the only venue to buy an iPhone in many cases, as AT&T says it was "virtually" sold out by the end of Friday, and does not know when its own shops will receive new packages.

by MacNN Staff



  1. quiklee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wondering Mktg Mind

    i wonder how calculated these supply shortages are . . . are the costs of not satisfying demand and customer experience outweighed by the benefits of creating the ridiculous hype and free media coverage?

  1. cblackmo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    23 states

    Your article lists 21 states - does that assume the remaining 29 are still in stock?

  1. bepps

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone Sold Out

    You can add Ohio to the list--at least the Apple Store in Columbus, Ohio is currently sold out. A local AT

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: wondering

    "i wonder how calculated these supply shortages are . . . are the costs of not satisfying demand and customer experience outweighed by the benefits of creating the ridiculous hype and free media coverage?"


  1. Haywire

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Colorado is Out

    I went to the last Colorado store listed as having iPhones and they didn't.

  1. TheBum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Unique situation

    I ordered an iPhone at my local AT

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hear...

    ... that the guy who put his in a blender is now trying to piece it back together.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tysons Corner Mall Line

    Walked by the Tysons Corner Mall Apple store shortly after 6pm Tuesday. Counted 70 people in line waiting for iPhones. At least one person was leaving the store with two new iPhones. The store was full. WOW!

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Always faked shortages...

    are claimed. How the heck does this help Apple to create a false demand. If it was so easy to create demand like that everybody would be doing it. Maybe I'm being fooled, but why is it not possible for stock to run out if sales exceeded expectations. For SoftBank to run out of iPhones in Japan is likely because they didn't expect 1500 people to get an iPhone the first weekend. Maybe they figured they'd sell that many over a week or so. It's been claimed that nobody anticipated that high a peak demand for the iPhone in Japan. Causing a shortage to generate hype just seems stupid. Heck, even the news media was astounded over the fact that a million iPhones were sold in three days. How long did it take for MS to sell a million Zunes. A year or so? Maybe MS should have faked demand to boost sales. How stupid

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft CEO Ballmer

    Hey Stevie,
    How do you like the iPhone now?

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