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iPhone 3GS still in short supply in Canada

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Wed August 19, 2009

Canadian iPhone shortages

The iPhone 3GS continues to be unavailable in much of Canada, writes the Globe and Mail. Despite promises of continual shipments, Rogers says it is once again out of stock for the iPhone 3GS -- launched in June of this year -- and even the iPhone 3G, released in 2008. The carrier's sub-brand, Fido, is still said to have some 3G models in stock.

"We are out of stock and still taking orders as our inventory continues to come in week to week," says Rogers spokeswoman Liz Hamilton. "While we have continuous incoming inventory, we are filling back orders on a priority basis and we appreciate the enthusiasm and patience of our customers."

The situation sits in contrast with some regions, like the US, where AT&T is promising delivery of iPhones within seven to 14 days. Conversely, Australia has also run out of iPhones, and Apple COO Tim Cook warned last month that the company is unable to keep up with demand in much of the world. Canadians can still find iPhones in stock at Apple Stores, but outlets are located only in a handful of major cities, such as Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

Rogers has meanwhile announced that it is shrinking the capacity of iPhone owners' Visual Voicemail boxes. Subscribers can currently keep as many as 50 messages, lasting 5 minutes each, for up to 30 to 60 days, depending on when a message is first played back. On October 1st the message maximum is being reduced to 35, with a hold period between 10 and 20 days.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ASIMO

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Second class Americans. Yee-haw!

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well it is popular, and apple is new to building mobile phones, which can and will be used by more people than a 2500 dollar mac, and even more than ipods, since the price was lowered.

    I'm beginning to think initial prices were high because they did not know what demand would be, and now they still can't keep up.

    I wonder if apple is "out of the woods" yet. ;)

    - A

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Well

    If Apple hasn't figured out after two years what the demand is going to be, then Apple is being run by a set of idiots. Which it isn't, so that can't be the reason.

    The reason the initial prices were high, in fact, points to the fact they knew it would sell well. You sell the product for what the market will bear. They knew there was a group of people who'd be willing to throw $500 at them for a chance to be the first to own an iPhone, so they priced it accordingly. In fact, they would have been doing their shareholders a disservice if they didn't s**** over their loyal customers in this way.

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Canadians

    No dude,

    You got it all wrong - Canadians will ALWAYS be treated as second class - with special thanks to Rogers. In fact, as far as Rogers is concerned, we're being treated like slaves from the third world.

    Not only they charge over 5 TIMES as much for the same service as AT&T or O2, but they're also putting all kinds of restrictions on the data usage, SMS usage and now, Visual Voicemail.

    Way to go Rogers .... (NOT).

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