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Apple begins shipping iPhone 3GS orders

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Mon June 15, 2009

iPhone 3GS shipments start

Having only announced the device a week ago, Apple is already beginning to ship the iPhone 3GS for online pre-orders, anecdotes indicate. American orders shipping today should in theory arrive June 19th, the official launch date for the product. Delivery may be highly dependent on when an order was placed however, as AT&T's first wave of pre-orders sold out last Saturday.

2009 marks a return to an ordering policy closer to that for the original iPhone. The iPhone 3G, launched in 2008, could for months only be bought in person from an Apple or carrier store, and later a Best Buy or Walmart. The change was implemented in order to deter unlocking, but resulted in activation networks crashing, in turn leaving many people unable to buy or take home a phone during the first weekend. Online orders currently require customers to arrange carrier details via the web.




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  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Woo!

    Now I'll go crazy watching for a ship notification. I'm hoping I'm one of the lucky few who gets delivery on Thursday, but I know it's not likely.

    Definitely excited about my 16 GB white IIIgs-- I mean 3G S. ;)

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Shipped!

    Mine has shipped...

    SHENZHEN,
    CN 06/15/2009 9:08 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Shipped!

    "anecdotes indicate"

    WTF MacNN... BUY A DAMN DICTIONARY!!!!

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Not fair!

    Apple/O2/CPW in the UK won't let us preorder. I'm waiting guys, my credit card is ready, come fetch!

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Today??

    My delivery date has been updated from the 19th to the 16th. I doubt it's right though.

  1. dmcnickle

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Tomorrow

    Mine shipped from Shenzhen, CH yesterday and is due to be delivered tomorrow!

  1. musocat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Home Activation

    Thankfully they returned to home activation. That was one of the coolest parts of getting my original iPhone - taking it home, doing a geeky unboxing with photos, plugging it in and having it activate itself.

    I was mortified by the in-store activations required for the 3G, although I didn't plan on getting one. I wanted to see if mine would last two years. It did.

    So my new iPhone 3G S is departing HK with a scheduled delivery of Thursday (although I'm not counting on that), and I'm reeeeeally glad I don't have to take it to a store to activate it.

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