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, seemingly irked by the pre-sales bungles of its telco partner
, has decided it will have a solo retail launch of the new iPhone this week. AT&T stores will follow next week.
AT&T said it "plans to have iPhone 4 inventory -- available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last -- on June 29 in its retail locations."
An AT&T rep said he couldn't comment on Apple's plans for the iPhone retail launch. Apple reps did not immediately respond to
request for comment.
The move comes after a series of missteps by AT&T that caused
Apple to issue an apology
to its customers. When pre-sale kicked off last week, a crush of online iPhone orders brought
The pre-order crash came after hackers tricked AT&T's Web site into coughing up the email addresses of its rich and powerful iPad customers.
Apple is expected to start selling the newly redesigned iPhone 4 on Thursday.
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--Written by Scott Moritz in New York.