After waiting over a month for the release of the 3G iPHone on July 11th, I decided to give it a couple of days before attempting to purchase one. A buddy of mine was also interested, so we carelfully checked, as instructed, the web site for the Apple Store in Walnut Creek, CA the night before, and noted that they were to have stock the following day in all 3 varieties. So we committed to the 60 mile drive the next morning (today) and arrived 1 hour before scheduled store opening. We were #20 in line. Shortly after, an Apple employee informed us that at that point, they had no phones. But that the FedEx shipment was due shortly. True to form, about 15 minutes later a FedEx truck pulled up and unloaded what appeared to be 60+ small boxes. We were all relieved. About 15 minutes later another employee announced that they hadn't received any phones. I asked (politely, the first time) why the web site indicated that they'd have phones. She shrugged her shoulders as if to say, "Oh well." Another more senior employee then announced that they had not received a shipment since the release day, and had no expectations of receiving any today. When again I asked why their web site had indicated otherwise, she said that because iPhones had been set aside the previous Friday for the folks who were there but couldn't activate. They were given a claim slip. Many had still not made a claim. And apparently the phones still officially showed in inventory, causing the web site to show all green. SO FAIR WARNING, THE APPLE WEB SITE IS A FRAUD and not to be trusted. I have completely lost my enthusiasm for this product and will probably defer purchase to the future, if ever. This whole thing has been conducted on the basis of what is convenient for Apple, screw the customer.