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Apple encounters domestic iPhone 3GS shortages

updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon June 29, 2009

iPhone 3GS shortages

Apple Stores in the United States are experiencing widespread shortages of the iPhone 3GS, the company's stock-tracking systems show. As of Sunday, 13 out of 211 stores were completely sold out of the 3GS, in any capacity. The most difficult model to find is said to be the 16GB white phone, which is absent from more than half of locations at 121.

16GB models are thought to be the most popular, but the next greatest shortage belongs to the 32GB black model, which is absent from 84 stores, or 40 percent. By contrast, both the 16 black and 32GB white 3GS variants are missing in only 23 percent of stores. The $99 iPhone 3G, sold exclusively in black, is available everywhere.

Listed stock quantities may change rapidly however, as the company is promising to ship more phones daily, depending on when individual stores are open. The company is now also updating its online tracking hourly, as opposed to once a day, which was standard following the introduction of the iPhone 3G in 2008. Should an Apple Store not have a phone buyers also have a chance of turning to an AT&T, Best Buy or Walmart outlet.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I know Rogers sold out of stock of the 3G S, I dono if they've been replenished yet but I got that message on the phone from them on Friday. Tis crazy.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    White 16GB, Really?

    I'm wondering why that is. Is it b/c there is a really high demand for this model or were fewer of these produced. While possible, I doubt Apple produced the same number of each model phone. But to be honest, I really thought the 32GB models would have been the harder ones to find (but again, how many of these were produced ie did they meet the demand better). Was there ever an accounting (publicized) of the number of different models sold last year (3G series pre 3GS)?

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How many....

    How many iPhones have been sold since june 19?

    I bet it's ~2 million or higher.

    I guess we have to wait till apple feels the need to say something.

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