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AT&T stores out of iPhone 3G?

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AT&T stores out of iPhone 3G?
On Tuesday and Wednesday, CNET’s team made survey to check iPhone 3G availability. During those two days they contacted 50 AT&T stores in 21 cities and unfortunately none of them had it in stock. Some of them haven’t been refilled with iPhones since the official launch day. Most AT&T stores are accepting "direct fulfillment" orders, which means you pay for the phone now and receive it when the shipments arrives, but the process can take between 10 and 21 days.

The Apple retail stores seem to be handling the situation better. Seven of the stores they called had iPhone 3G in stock and three ran out them on Wednesday morning. Currently it is almost impossible to just barge in and get one because of the large amount of orders and long queue. The best chance of getting one at this point is to make an order and wait.

source: CNET

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. (unregistered)

is anyone really surprised by this??? apple has been doing this "shortage" bull shit for years now. its a game for them

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 10:31

2. JT Strings (unregistered)

Not me...but im not gonna pay for the phone then have to wait for it to come....yeah right..

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 12:03

5. DamonO (unregistered)

In that case you will be waiting a long time or paying a lot more than everyone else. They're going for over $1,000 on ebay.

posted on 20 Jul 2008, 22:25

41. (unregistered)

Hmmm...$1,000 isn't bad. It's just $1,000 more than it's worth...

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 10:33

3. David A (unregistered)

its always good to see apple try corporate shortage tricks. they should realize the only people who will buy these anyways are apple fan boys and they would buy them all up at once.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 12:05

6. DamonO (unregistered)

I am not a fan of Apple, but if I had AT&T I would buy one. Too bad I will probably never purchase AT&T service.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 11:35

4. C-Chickie (unregistered)

Instant Gratification. Thats want makes us all happy. It sit anxiously by the mail box staring down any delievery person is just NOT fun! I wasnt at all surprised by this. Its unfortunate that Apple is doing this.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 12:05

7. DamonO (unregistered)

Uhhh....it's not just Apple who does this. It's called supply and demand. They only release so many at a time because they want to keep the hype up on the product they are selling.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 12:24

8. TNT (unregistered)

Apple could easily produce a hundred milllion of these if they wanted. The sad thing is it IS Apple this time using 'supply and demand' to its fullest.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 14:24

14. (unregistered)

you said that "this tim apple is using supply and demand" like its the first time they have ever done it. since the release of th original ipod apple has done this, its strategic marketing. only thing about doing that is that it pisses some people off then they go and buy a different phone or mp3 player.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 12:51

9. pabent (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 May 2008)

Last week the industry was abuzz with rumors that next generation phone company Ribbit, was sold to BT for $55 million. While the rumored sale is still unconfirmed, one reason why BT would want Ribbit has not yet been discussed; Mobile VoIP. You see Ribbit has a pretty slick iPhone application, that while not released yet, would enhance BT’s current Mobile VoIP offering. Sure, there is Ribbit’s 4,000 platform developers who might be worth something, but not $55 million. With Mobile VoIP companies like Nimbuzz (who grabbed a second $13 million round in funding) I think that BT sees Ribbit as an affordable way to enhance their current Mobile VoIP pursuits.

posted on 20 Jul 2008, 22:28

42. (unregistered)

What the hell are you talking about and what relevance, if any, does that have with Apple creating demand by limiting the supply to the consumer? This isn't a production issue; Apple has learned from Nintendo (Wii...hellooo) that the consumer wants what they can't get. Unfortunately for Apple, we don't want what we can't get when it comes to the iPhone...Didn't see that one coming did you Jobbs???

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 13:07

10. (unregistered)

If they made a ton of them it would've taken longer to release, why does everyone even care so much? If you don't want it and don't like it why would you care it's sold out? Pretty sure every new big electronic (PS3, Wii) sells out when it's first released. You people need lives outside of iPhone news.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 13:38

11. SprintDude (unregistered)

Yea honestly why do people wait in line for hours even a day just for a phone that is a Ipod Touch lol. You do know they do this stuff on purpose to make people and the demand for a new product to sky rocket. because if they produce too many of them and dont sell out then what was the purpose of having a new product on the market???

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 13:40

12. SprintDude (unregistered)

HTC Touch Diamond or HTC Rafael, is far much better of a phone than the 3G I-phone and its not even out yet.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 15:09

16. (unregistered)

yea the fact that it's not even out yet makes your comment pretty much pointless because you haven't even used it, GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 17:20

32. (unregistered)

anything running windows is bound to SUCK. ill stick to landlines

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 13:43

13. (unregistered)

Apple's strategy is working.......they made the news and all of you are talking about it.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 14:53

15. casius (unregistered)

vzw fanboys nervous yet..ATT still live iphone the best phone still...continue to hate NERDS...hate is the new love.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 22:14

25. (unregistered)

Nervous about what? The iphone 2.0? more like 1.1. What the crap does that thing do thats new again? Cost less? Run on a barely there 3G network? Download 3rd party apps? Sweet. So when will the list of it's CANS get longer than it's CAN'TS. Let me know when AT&T starts getting recognized for network reliability/availability/customer service consistantlly. AT&T? Oh yeah, thats that company that has the iphone. Thats all they are known for.

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 17:21

33. (unregistered)

sucks that iphone is running on ATT, shit ass service but great phone. once verizon gets the memo that gsm is better, at&t will plumet

posted on 21 Jul 2008, 07:56

43. (unregistered)

gsm? verizon has no intention on going to gsm. CDMA is working just fine considering the network is better then any gsm network in the US. everyone made a big deal about 3g coming out with ATT, hahaha verizon has had its EVDO network for a while now and with EVDO you actually get service in more places then you do with 3g. Im sure they'll expand there 3g network sooner or later but it will still be a few years before they catch up in network size.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 15:25

17. (unregistered)

yeah well I live in south Dakota where we can't even get the iPhone. So I'm stuck with my poor crappy voyager.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 17:31

18. (unregistered)

its not like the iphone iz better than the voyager

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 17:22

34. (unregistered)

voyager is a BRICK...very dorky

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 18:05

19. (unregistered)

I've seen some pretty dumb comments on here. Number 19, why the hell would you want an iPhone 3G when there is no 3G in S. Dakota? Please explain that to me. You are better off getting the original phone. As a matter of fact, in S.D. ( if you look at their coverage map ) just about all of the coverage you have out there is roaming from another carrier's tower. And this is the type of service you want? Oh, I forgot, because the iPhone is "cool" and everybody else has one ... duuuhhhhh!!!! To #17 ... nope, I'm not a VZW fanboy, I just enjoy great service. What the hell makes the iPhone the "best phone" ever??!!! Please tell me. It's a nice phone, but I'll stop there. Let's see: No MMS, higher price plan than the original, no removable battery, AT&T and Apple are still unsure about insuring the damn thing, music purchases can only be done with a WiFi connection, and it's a 3G capable phone that runs on a network that has very little 3G coverage. Did I mention that if you try to use the syncing doc from the previous version it won't work? Ooops, that's another $30 to shell out. Yeah, this is definitely the best thing since sliced bread .... Moldy bread.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 18:25

21. (unregistered)

What are you scared of, Wi-Fi??? Wi-Fi is faster than 3G or Ev-Do...

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 18:48

23. (unregistered)

we do have 3 g in south Dakota. VERIZON and alltel... Not like that matters. I'm just saying it sucks having very little options when it comes to phones. No AT&T and no tmo.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 22:24

26. (unregistered)

You are better off without AT&T and TMO. Look at the track record. EVERY JDpower award went to VZW and Altell (exept a cust service awad to TMO). Consumer reports? Yeah they went with VZW also. If you have tried the two best reviewed comanies in the industry and hated them, where is the logic in wishing for a company that doesn't even WORK OUT THERE! That is why they are rated so poor! Altell, a regional company, beat AT&T!!! A NATIONAL COMPANY!!! Spin it however you want to but it sounds like you are saying "I tried both kinds of cake, and didn't like eaither one. I want to try the DOG SH*T but they don't serve it here in South Dakota." Weird.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 22:30

27. (unregistered)

If you are unhappy with the undisputed champion, think about it. Should you try the looser? Or just lower your freaking expectations?

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 14:50

30. (unregistered)

gsm networks get all the best phones first. And when they make it to vERIZON they are given the big red treatment...ie the htc touch. Nothing compares to the os of apple or the touchscreen of the iPhone. VERIZON has great service but most of the phones are Wack. The thunder better be amazing

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 16:44

31. (unregistered)

And actually there is a local company in SD that offers GSM (longlines) and if you get an unlocked iPhone you can have it in SD, the southeast portion of course but it's possible!!

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 17:23

35. (unregistered)

i think phone service is the least of your worries living in south dakota..lol...what the hell do you do in that random ass state?

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 19:13

36. (unregistered)

the same things everyone everywhere else does. Some parts actually aren't random at all. ..does anyone know if long lines wireless has data coverage?

posted on 21 Jul 2008, 08:04

44. (unregistered)

wifi isnt faster. its just another type of connection. your speed depends on the actual speed that the router acesses.

posted on 21 Jul 2008, 09:42

46. (unregistered)

Long lines has data but it's not fast by any means. You'll still have wifi though

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 18:16

20. Borg (unregistered)

i kind of thought the same thing oh look the iphone how gay is that, but after playing around with my friends for a few hours i like it, sure its not like my tilt with an actual keypad but it does seem to have a faster processor than my tilt does, im not much of a windows mobile fan to begin with but its the only thing i can use with my work email, my comp at home runs Ubuntu Linux which is almost simmilar to mac, and i have used linux for years the iphone is a locked down linux smart phone to be blunt,and its the only decent linux pda and or smart phone that seems to have come out, not bashing nokia or nothing with there open platform with symbian, if it came down to it, id get the nokia touch before i iphone just because apple likes to lock down things. if i did manage to get an iphone id get the first gen one because it has the 2.0 firmware out for it and i would install a voip client and use it as my new kick ass home phone lol... thats just my two cents

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 18:27

22. (unregistered)

Dude iphone runs OS X not linux...

posted on 19 Jul 2008, 20:20

38. (unregistered)

OS X is based heavily on UNIX and so anyone familiar with UNIX, BSD or Linux will most likely feel at home.

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 20:03

24. The champ (unregistered)

Wow....some of you guys are flat out retarded. The iphone was sold world wide, it sold great world wide, but we all knwo the US is small time when it comes to cell phone tech and marketing. and we SHOULD all know the US economy and weak dollar would be more than neough reason for apple to short the US shipment, and send it over to a better marketplace like japan or europe. and it's not the first company to do so, remember when the Wii fit was shorted to the US and shipements moved over to europe? and to any of you simple minded fools who actually think this is a supply and demmand issue...please god STOP FREAKING POSTING. this is typical apple, from the orginal Ipod, to the macbooks, to, well to almost EVERYTHING they have sold. why do you think all of those apple fanboys line up? because they KNOW they are only going to get the first week or so befor apple magically "runs short" and it will be a month before you get it again. usally at a cheaper price, with more features, or some stuff added to it. it's basic apple marketing 101 -ATT user, mac owner since late 90's

posted on 17 Jul 2008, 22:42

28. (unregistered)

Wow you jumped all over "Useless stink wrapped in a pretty bow" before it was COOL to own "Useless stink wrapped in a pretty bow". Pretty trendy!

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 09:16

29. (unregistered)

You guys lead a stupid war - Whats with all the Verizon Vs. ATT bullfeces? The iPhone is awesome if you are a multimedia freak. If not, just shut the hell up and comment the Windows Mobile lagmasters! Get a life and some toilet paper too!

posted on 19 Jul 2008, 13:43

37. szaldana (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 May 2008)

The iPhone sold out: Yes. But didn't the Wii sold out and still continues to be sold out? People waited and lined up to get an iPhone or Mac related product: Yes. But didn't people also lined up when Windows Vista was released? Didn't people lined up and bit the crap out of each other to get a hold of the Wii? So all I see is that far more than a strategy its REALITY. There's no reason to fight which service/phone is better because they are all good. They all have good and bad things equally so. PLUS this article is talking about 21 AT&T stores out of what 5-6 thousand? give me a break.

posted on 20 Jul 2008, 11:33

39. Bee (unregistered)

I got my iphone preordered, waited 4 days,

posted on 20 Jul 2008, 12:50

40. (unregistered)

iphone is going to be sold out for longer than anyone will know. Just because of the fact that steve job's hates us! i have an iphone myself. i unlocked it and im an at&t customer. Personally i dont really care if its faster, all in all it means my talk time is going to slow down for no reason. I live in a 3G widely covered area it still doesnt mean i'll ever use it. I can wait a minute for a page to load, its not like oh no! i've just lost 30 seconds waiting on a page to load. Apple's already failed at being able to unlock the iphone. People already invented a special sim chip that'll unlock it. Apple wants to controll everything with their push notification server, which means all your info goes to them weither you like it or not. The reality is that you can still activate the iphone through itunes thats what you have to do at the apple store, so pretty much it'll still be easy to hack it the same way it was the first time.

posted on 21 Jul 2008, 08:15

45. (unregistered)

the iphones not sold out. they have plenty of them at the apple stores around here. att stores might be sold out but they have more then enough at the apple store

posted on 21 Jul 2008, 09:43

47. (unregistered)

Yea alot of people forget that you can get them at Apple stores too, and of course COR stores aren't going to tell you this cause then they don't get commission

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 19:29

48. (unregistered)

Apple lost a few points by making me wait 12 days for my 16g. I am very dissapointed to this major oversight. I hope they get some descent competition to level out the market a bit. I heard the newest delays are due to Steve's pancreatic Cancer...I hope he gets better.

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