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AT&T's iPhone 3G S pre-orders sell out, 7-10 day wait

updated 05:10 pm EDT, Sat June 13, 2009

iPhone 3G S pre-orders

AT&T has reportedly sold out of its iPhone 3GS pre-orders. A new report indicates that AT&T retail stores have been instructed to tell all customers who pre-order the device on Saturday, June 13th or later that they will have to wait "7-10" days before they can fulfill the pre-order--which will be sometime after the official launch on June 19th: "Only preorders placed [on] Friday, June 12, 2009 or earlier are expected to arrive in time for the 7:00 a.am. opening on Friday, June 19th, 2009. Customers will receive an email notification when their new iPhone 3G S has arrived and is available for pickup."

Boy Genius Report notes, however, that AT&T retail stores, which open early on Friday, will have some stock for those willing to wait in line to make the purchase. AT&T, however, is encouraging customers to continue using the pre-order process as it will "guarantee that they receive their iPhone 3G S as quickly as possible."




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  1. SlimGem

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    NaPalmed! Ouch !

    Pre ordering an iPhone. A rather ironic phrase, eh?

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Pricing

    I guess the price isn't as whack-a-doodle as the whiners thought.

  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Real or perceived?

    I live out in the boonies, so today was the first chance I had to go to one of the nearest AT&T stores. It is about 45 miles from my home.

    When I got there, I was told that I could not pre-order phones any more, but that I should be OK if I come in on Friday, that they should have enough stock on hand "for the first few days."

    What I took from this is that there may be a lot of spin on the pre-order deadline, so as to produce the buzz of exclusivity. Kind of like the limited number of Palm Pre's on launch day, except that Apple has the capital and distribution capability to make them available for all that would like to buy one. In the case of the Pre, it is more likely a cover for the inability of Palm and Sprint to fund production. For Apple & AT&T, they would have to work hard to maintain the illusion of exclusivity, while selling every unit they possibly can. After all a delayed sale is a potentially lost sale.

    -- Len

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    I'm sure the Apple haters

    will swear this is some ploy by Apple to create an artificial buzz or hype about the iPhone being in high demand. A few analysts are saying that the iPhone 3G S is not worth upgrading to because there's nothing really special about it. So what if it has more memory and a faster processor.

    They don't like the fact that it only has a 3MP camera when all the Nokia's have at least 5MP cameras and a flash and some have dual cameras. They're unhappy that Apple didn't knock their socks off with an OLED display. Yet the new iPhone will sell in the millions and Apple will continue to make great profit margins from it.

  1. Sparkx

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    5MP - Not Relevant

    5MP plus a tiny mobile phone lens doesn't make for great photo's - Nokia or whatever. 3MP in a mobile phone is more than adequate.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    @ iphonerulez

    I don't know which analysts you have been listening to, but as a current iPhone 3G owner, I would truly appreciate the faster CPU and higher memory. It doesn't happen often, but, sometimes, apps crash because they run out of memory in the 3G and the extra RAM will solve that once and for all. The faster CPU should also help apps launch faster.

    In regards to the camera, as Sparkx said, 3MP is more than adequate. High mega-pixel count in cellphones are more of a marketing ploy most of the time. The important thing is that the 3GS does auto-focus and auto-macro.

    As for OLED, which of the currently shipping smartphones offer that? Sure it would be nice, but it's far from a deal breaker. The screen in it's current form is still very nice.

    Also, let's not forget that the 3GS supports 7.2Mbps HSDPA (for when AT&T upgrades their network).

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    3gs

    Also, let's not forget that the 3GS supports 7.2Mbps HSDPA (for when AT&T upgrades their network).

    Yeah, but you're just as well waiting for a year than wasting $$$ upgrading your 3G now, since who knows when 3GS will actually make it to your area.

    h***, if you have a 3G you're better off just waiting a year and see what comes next July, whether it be an even 'better' iPhone (look, we've got a new bezel!) or that they'll finally break from AT&T and do something wacky, like sell them unlocked for various networks and let people have a CHOICE of where to go.

    Oh, right, they can't, because it would be 'too expensive' for Apple (with only $25 billion in cash reserves) to make an iPhone capable of running on different networks.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re:Pricing

    I guess the price isn't as whack-a-doodle as the whiners thought.

    Whack-a-doodle? And Pricing? Who the h*** was complaining about the pricing? It's the same freakin' price as the previous version.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: pricing

    Oh, that pricing. That isn't pricing, that's upgrade/update costs due to having an existing contract. As you say, they're idiots who think they are entitled to special care and service because they're an Apple customer more so than any other ATT customer.

    Like I said, the pricing is the same as it was before.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    oh

    And one more thing, Apple AND ATT would be better off hoping the pricing was a 'whack-a-doodle', because that would imply more new first-time buyers than just "Hey, look, we're not gaining market share, we just keep selling to the same set of lemmings!".

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