Apple claims 600,000 iPhones pre-ordered on Tuesday, says it underestimated demand

Apple claims 600,000 iPhones pre-ordered on Tuesday, says it underestimated demand
After a harrowing day of problems during the pre-ordering period for the iPhone 4, Apple issued an apology for the frustration many experienced while trying to reserve a copy of the device. The Cupertino based company said that it had underestimated demand and that 600,000 units of the next-generation iPhone were pre-sold, which was the largest total of pre-orders the company had ever had on a single day. The apology was released together with a similar statement from AT&T. The carrier said that the number of iPhone 4 units reserved was 10 times the number of iPhone 3GS models it sold the first day of pre-orders last year. The company added that its web site received 13 million requests to check eligibility for updates, 3 times the previous record for a single day. AT&T also said it suspended sales to make sure there will be enough inventory to fulfill the orders already received and pre-orders will be accepted again if additional inventory can be obtained. Those who ordered the iPhone 4 up until 4:30pm EDT will have their handset shipped on June 24th. Those who got in after 4:30pm EDT will have their order shipped between June 25th and July 5th.

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source: Apple, AT&T via AllThingsDigital

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18 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

APPLE is saying that pre-orders will not ship until JULY 2nd. It may be almost worth it just walking in a store after a few days to get an iphone 4. Ebay has an iphone 4 selling for 1299 or more right...WTF!!!

4. deejay52420

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

If you already preorder you dont have that problem...it will DELIVER on June 24th

7. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

im a att cc rep and yes the article is right some others will be shipped out after the june 24th date

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they sold 2 million iphads and they are supprised? lol. Its the first major revision of the dated iphone software since its launch as well as hardware upgrade. ibots everywhere are spoogin in their pants.

14. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

You think you can go into the store and get one?

17. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

They are suppose to have some in the stores outside of pre-orders.

2. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

Rumor: "It looks like this particular iPhone (as opposed to the black one which cleared FCC for AT&T specifically) should work on both T-Mobile as well as AT&T's 3G bands, not to mention all of the Canadian carriers.

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1538; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Yeah.. right...

18. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

It'll work on TMO either way once the unlock happens. Not neccessarily 3G but it's not like TMO has a lot of 3G anyway...

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

In about a month or so, BEST BUY's CEO will report t hat the IPHONE 4 is his company's best selling phone. 600k pre-orders blows EVO 4G out of the water, and, yet, I would rather have the SUPERSONIC phone.

5. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

lol..Tmo/ipad/sprint/vzw ALL said they sold ALOT of items...BUT..how many were actually activated..FYI

6. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Well if they sold X amount of phones then X amount of phones would have been activated at some point.

10. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Didn't PA report they had 4 million iPhones, why are they talking about being short at 600k?

11. WhoDatBe

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 25, 2010

i think it's because of the overwhelming amount of orders that came through on the 15th, and if that there was that many ordered in one day and my system crashed, i will deff take a day or two to sort out the chaos. i'm pretty sure that they will have the stock but 660000 is a huge order in one day i dont care who you are. very impressive day apple kudos to you on a successful day does anybody have the amount of HTC evo and the incredible were sold? i know they have their differences but then again they are almost the same device.

15. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

The iPhone has had now 4 generations to build a following, the Android is still in it's infancy stages. I figure by the Droid 4 you might see something closer to 660k, but I'm thinking due to the # of Android devices it won't be that high. If Droid was to only release 1 device per year you might see a pre-order like that.

12. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

if your 3gs still works why would you buy this when its not that much more then your 3gs?

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Several reasons: 1. Faster processor. 2. much better display. 3. better camera. 4. better battery. 5. having iOS5 when it is released So unless you bought a 3GS recently (which you should NOT have done knowing that apple always releases their next model in the summer, and that each model is even more awesome than the last) - you have all the above reasons to upgrade.

16. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Because people like to have the latest and greatest. People want to have the latest car, people want to have the latest cell phone, etc...

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