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have struggled with the demand from customers pre-ordering the
Today both companies began taking online pre-orders for the phone, which becomes available on June 24, although
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Unsurprisingly, Twitter was awash with people venting their rage at Apple and AT&T.
"Ordering an iPhone is now as frustrating and unreliable as making calls on one," bemoaned one person on
"System crashed again!!!" raged another.
"Why will u not let me pre-order Apple! Damn You!!!" still antoher tweeted.
"Because of the incredible interest in iPhone 4, today was the busiest online sales day in AT&T history," explained an AT&T spokesman, in an email to
. "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."
The spokesman explained that AT&T will email customers with confirmation once their order is placed, and again when it ships. "In addition, we will have devices available on a first-come, first-serve basis in our stores beginning on June 24," added the spokesman.
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