No White iPhone 4 Available for Pre-Order

Apple and AT&T have started taking pre-orders for the new iPhone, although there's a question mark hanging over the white iPhone 4.
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CUPERTINO, Calif. (

TheStreet

) --

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

opened its retail and online stores for pre-orders of the

new iPhone

today, although it is doubtful that the white iPhone 4 of the phone is available.

Neither Apple nor its telco partner

AT&T

(T) - Get Report

are accepting pre-orders for the white iPhone 4 -- only the black model is available, which is prompting chatter in the blogosphere about supply issues.

A note on the Apple Web site explained that the white iPhone 4 is "currently unavailable for pre-order or in-store pickup." Similarly,

AT&T's

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Web site lists the white iPhone as "coming soon."

Earlier this week the

Modmyi

Web site reported that

supplies of the white iPhone 4 are looking scarce

. Citing unnamed sources and a memo it claims was sent to AT&T employees,

Modmyi

reports that the white iPhone will be "available later in the summer."

A spokesman for AT&T referred

TheStreet

to Apple for any questions related to the device, but Apple has not yet responded about when the white iPhone 4 will be available.

Earlier today, the section of the AT&T Web site devoted to sales of the new iPhone was down. A note on the Web site informed visitors that the telco was performing maintenance, presumably in preparation for a flood of orders from eager iPhone 4 customers. A portion of Apple's Web site devoted to the iPhone 4 was also down for a spell earlier, according to news reports, allowing the tech giant to update the site ahead of pre-ordering.

Priced at $199 for 16-Gbytes and $299 for 32-Gbytes, the new iPhone 4 will be available in the U.S., France, Germany and the U.K. on June 24. In addition to Apple and AT&T,

Best Buy

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and

Wal-Mart

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will also sell the phone in the U.S.

Electronics retailer

Best Buy reported its first-quarter results

before market open on Tuesday. Despite weak TV sales and a slump in demand for games, video and music, the retailer's results could spell good news for Apple.

Best Buy reported strength in notebook computers, mobile phones and appliances, which bodes well for Apple's iPhone 4 debut.

Apple shares rose $3.56, or 1.4%, to $257.84 on Tuesday, mirroring the broader advance in tech stocks that saw the Nasdaq rise 1.31%

-- Reported by James Rogers in New York

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