If you haven’t already ordered the newest iPhone, then you may have to wait a while longer before you get your hands on one. The iPhone 4 has sold out less than a day after Apple (Stock Quote: AAPL) made the new device available for pre-order.
AT&T (Stock Quote: T) announced the news late yesterday afternoon in a statement they gave to Engadget. “Because of the incredible interest in iPhone 4, today was the busiest online sales day in AT&T history. As of Tuesday afternoon, customers who preorder iPhone 4 moving forward will receive their device on June 25 or later, depending on when the order is placed. We'll email customers with confirmation once their order is placed, and again when it ships,” the company said.
According to Engadget, customers may be able to score a new iPhone in stores on June 24, the day it comes out, on a “first-come, first-serve basis.” If, however, you don’t want to deal with the mobs that will undoubtedly be swarming in Apple stores across the country, you can still pre-order the phone, though according to Apple’s Web site, it won’t ship until July 2. By comparison, those Apple lovers who successfully placed their orders sometime in the morning or early afternoon yesterday will also receive their phones on June 24. That may not sound like a lot of time, but for those techies who view the iPhone 4 as a must-have, the extra week or more probably sounds light-years away.
If you didn’t attempt to get an iPhone 4 yesterday, in some ways you are better off. Many customers who attempted to order the device on AT&T’s Web site had to endure serious “technical issues” due to the heavy amount of traffic on the site, and some even had their personal account information leaked. That’s certainly not what AT&T or its users need, especially after news last week that a security breach had led to AT&T leaking the e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 iPad users.