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AT&T Sells Out of Initial Batch of iPhone 3Gs Pre-Orders

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Signaling a likely repeat of Apple's iPhone sell-outs of the past two years, AT&T is already warning that those making iPhone 3G S pre-orders that they won't get their handsets on launch.

The US carrier's internal sales system is asking staff to tell customers that any pre-orders made on Saturday the 13th or later won't ship on launch and instead will reach retail locations between 7 and 14 days after the order is made, overshooting the release date.

Those who delayed their pre-orders long enough but who still want an iPhone 3G S the same day will have to wait at an AT&T (or Apple) store until regular availability starts at 8 a.m. rather than the 7 a.m. early access time touted earlier this week, Boy Genius hears. Any pre-orders, however, will receive an e-mail once their device is in stock.

While unfortunate for those who hadn't already set aside money for the faster, more feature-laden Apple smartphone, the sell-out bodes well for early sales, which will include not only retail pick-ups but, unlike last year, online pre-orders. Some had feared that high upgrade fees for customers who bought a previous iPhone too soon to qualify for a full discount would deter many from queuing up in the same way they had in 2008.

Besides Apple and AT&T outlets, Best Buy and Walmart locations should also have the iPhone 3G S for sale on June 19th, albeit with regular store hours.

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...out_of_launch_day_iphone_3g_s_pre_orders.html

I guess people have no choice but to wait in line now -- long lines -- again.
 

RKilbane20

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I dont think anybody will have trouble finding one on the 19th with all the stores selling them. I have 1 bestbuy 1 walmart 1 apple store and probably 15 att stores in a 10 mile radius of my house.
 
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Auzburner

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No surprise here, really. It's great to signal how well things are selling. I'm just hoping to god this won't effect my order of two iPhone 3G S' made around 5PM Friday night (last night)...
 
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newyorksole

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Do you guys think there will be as much mayhem for the 3G S as there was for the 3G? Like I remember there being huge lines for up to like 2 weeks of people trying to get phones. But now that pre ordering is available and 4 stores are selling them I don't think there will be as much chaos.
 
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Hints-The-Name

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I pre ordered mine on the 10th to pick up at apple and I pre ordered again today another one but in white so I have 2 saved for me. Hopefully I get the white but if not I wont be to disappointed
 
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Stankonia

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Assuming they fill preorders on a first-come-first-serve basis, I wonder where I will stand since I ordered on the 10th, but the order status page says the 12th since it took a few days to process. Hopefully I still count as the 10th
 
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capitanbuzo

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I believe if you order in store (AT&T), they just put your name on the box and you have 7 days to pick it up. Good thing I was first to order at my local store.
 
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themoonisdown09

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I guess it was worth the 2 hours it took me to order one right after the keynote.

I wish I knew that you could pre order them that early. I didn't know about pre ordering until Tuesday morning, so I hurried and called AT&T and got it taken care of. I should be fine because less than 20 hours had gone by since they had been announced.

I'm pretty sure that people who pre ordered within the first couple days from AT&T will, in fact, receive them on the 19th.
 
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I wish I knew that you could pre order them that early. I didn't know about pre ordering until Tuesday morning, so I hurried and called AT&T and got it taken care of. I should be fine because less than 20 hours had gone by since they had been announced.

I'm pretty sure that people who pre ordered within the first couple days from AT&T will, in fact, receive them on the 19th.

I'm sure orders in before today will be fine, like the article stated. :)

...or the 45 seconds I spent on Friday ordering mine. ;)

No pain, no gain. :D
 
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AT&T Sells Out of Initial Batch of iPhone 3Gs Pre-Orders

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BoyGeniusReport claims that the initial batch of iPhone 3G S shipments have already been allocated to pre orders, so if you haven't ordered yet, you will have to wait.
To make a long story short, if you did not pre-order an iPhone 3G S from AT&T yet, (we’re not talking about Apple because we don’t have information on their pre-ordering/stock levels, etc) your iPhone 3G S won’t be shipping to you/your store until “7-14 days” after the order date. It seems that all AT&T’s pre-order stock is depleted leaving only iPhone 3G Ss for dying-in-line purchasing on this coming Friday, and all pre-orders going forward won’t be fulfilled until after the June 19th launch date.
There is a chance that Apple stores will have a larger supply of the iPhone 3G S on launch, as they did with the iPhone 3G during its launch.

Article Link: AT&T Sells Out of Initial Batch of iPhone 3Gs Pre-Orders
 
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themoonisdown09

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I don't know how to rate this article. I could rate Positive because that means that the iPhone 3GS is doing really well, but I could rate Negative because people who pre order today and on will not receive it on launch day.

What to do...
 
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Eddyisgreat

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Thanks for mentioning this Arn. Now the 3g owners who insist this is nothing more than an a place holder for their 2010 jeezeus phone can go away. :D
 
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Master Atrus

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Surprise

Well I have to admit that I'm surprised. I knew people would buy it, but given what AT&T has been up to lately and what they are holding back ... I'm in shock.
 
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razorianfly

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In the US, this may be the case. In the UK, O2 themselves are not offering
pre-orders. Carphone Warehouse are, but if you have any sense, you won't
go with them anyway.

Bring on the queues. :cool:

R-Fly
 
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Diversion

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I pre-ordered mine at 11am yesterday morning.. I wonder if I made the cut? The order e-mail I received is pretty vague about whether or not the phone will be available for pickup this coming Friday.

Edit: And no where does it say which store I am to go to, to pick up my 3GS! Lolwut?
 
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ahcl20

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Bet this won't happen in the UK. Especially as we are asked to pay £420 AND a monthly contract for a 16 GB one...
 
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pika2000

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See, another reason that I won't expect AT&T to drop any prices or improve their services. I mean why should they do that if people are still lining up and giving money to them?
 
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pavelbure

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I didn't know we could pre order them. so last night I called just to be sure and was told that Friday is the last day to guarantee a phone on launch day. good thing I took the time to drive out and get 2 of them.
 
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Fluffy Bunny

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I pre-ordered mine at 11am yesterday morning.. I wonder if I made the cut? The order e-mail I received is pretty vague about whether or not the phone will be available for pickup this coming Friday.

Edit: And no where does it say which store I am to go to, to pick up my 3GS! Lolwut?

I pre-ordered on the Apple site and received two confirmation emails. The first one did not list the store location, but the second email did. The thing that concerns me about pre-orders is that on the Apple pre-order page it says something like "pre-authorization does not guarantee a phone on the 19th. First come first serve" (paraphrased).
 
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