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  • Supply Shortages Plague AT&T iPhone 4 Roll Out



    Over the weekend, MMi exclusively reported a leak from AT&T Ninja about the iPhone 4 shipment to retail stores - an arrival that was to come in two waves - an early one Monday night and a stealth 2nd shipment Tuesday between 10:30 and noon. It turns out that all suspicions of a quick sell out have materialized, as we're now hearing from readers via Twitter (with pics to prove it) that lines outside some AT&T stores are much bigger than their inventories of new iPhones.

    According to one report, an individual was number 52 in line. The store, however, ran out of phones two customers ahead of him. 40 "reservation papers" were distributed for later today - more evidence of that second shipment expected shortly. With more reports surfacing at a rapid pace that many AT&T retail outlets only have fifty or so iPhones in store at the moment, lines of 100 people or more will likely result in substantial frustration for those who are experiencing the same supply shortages that they faced when standing in line - also to no avail - last Thursday at their nearest Apple store.

    As we learned (some of us with bitter tears) Apple had only a scarce quantity of iPhones available for customers who didn't successfully place their preorders on June 15th before the great server meltdown of 2010 - the most frenzied and unprecedented consumer outpouring in AT&T's online history. Today, June 29th, was all but overtly designated as the day where customers who couldn't preorder could finally get their handset on a first-come, first-served basis while "supplies last." Although AT&T was endeavoring "to ensure an extraordinary customer experience," it doesn't appear that it will be mission accomplished just yet, as demand continues to outpace even the most aggressive efforts to adequately supply retail outlets carrying the iPhone 4.




    More experiences from our friends on Twitter:

    avatarr
    @modmyi Can't say how many people were there (maybe 100), but the Manassas VA AT&T store only got 10 32GB iPhone 4's for the release today.

    Gen_Genocide
    @modmyi 35 phones left. Second shipment around 12:00 pm central time. http://yfrog.com/1x4x1bj

    prettymuchryan
    @modmyi got mine this morning in boston. stores i called said they got 30 in this morning and will have another shipment of 30 later today.

    researchermo
    @modmyi was in line, Jefferson City, MO. ATT said they had plenty & getting more later today

    jaywigley
    @modmyi Knoxville TN AT&T store ran out of 32GB iPhone 4 almost right away. More stock coming of all sizes "after lunch."

    Steve_Squirrel
    @modmyi Stood in line this morning @ 6AM in Philly. Sold out of the 32GB in 5 minutes. Gave us a reservation for later shipment @ noon.

    andrewTui
    @modmyi att in arizona has 14 total phones but 20 more will be in later today

    AppleHotTips
    @modmyi just got my iPhone4 today. Arrived at the store at 5am, had the phone in hand by 7:15am. Only 28 people in our line... Success!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Supply Shortages Plague AT&T iPhone 4 Roll Out started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 63 Comments
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Lol does that mean she's ugly?
      I hate when that happens, she has such a bangable body but when you see her face, it's like ewwww
      It means...everything is good "butter" face!
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by toyotag View Post
      I'm serious. Don't any of these people work? They need to get a life. Heck, in a few months, they'll be discounting the 4G at Walmart, like they're already doing for the 16GB 3GS
      "already" "a few months"? Buddy that's a YEAR after the 3GS is sold and now the i4 is out. Of course they're gonna discount it. The point of buying things at launch is to enjoy your new toy for a full year because you know apple is gonna release them each year.
    1. ghscion's Avatar
      ghscion -
      I got in line at my store at 10 pm last night was number 4 in line was in and out and loving my phone ever since
    1. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      Lmao @ ggab

      Must be da ***** cus it ain't yo face!!!


      (just walked out the store n dats my first post) woohoo
    1. fventura03's Avatar
      fventura03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ghscion View Post
      I got in line at my store at 10 pm last night was number 4 in line was in and out and loving my phone ever since

      nice i was there at 11, and i was 3rd in line , got 2 upgrades
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Would it kill these people to just wait a few weeks for the damn phone? Honestly.....
      Sounds like you're not upgrade eligible to me.... rushing to the line and dealing with the masses makes this entire thing that much more fun. Besides, couple weeks the white one comes and its mass hysteria all over again.

      all I want is a jailbreak already.....these stock icons are killing my eyes. I just want a clean running winterboard, ishrink for the icons and 3g unrestrictor (or maybe not because then I won't have an excuse to show where I'm at when I'm not home)....X that last part.
    1. dcgore's Avatar
      dcgore -
      I think it was expected to have shortages.
    1. sharrack's Avatar
      sharrack -
      With all the sketchy news about the phone.... why not wait a few weeks for the
      updated shipments to come in. Besides..... let the crying begin for everyone who just
      wasted hours of their lives........Verizons iphone coming out in Jan. !!!!!!
      A real readon to be excited!
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      I walked into my local ATT store at noon today, walked out 20 minutes later with an iphone 4.
    1. akosko01's Avatar
      akosko01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sharrack View Post
      With all the sketchy news about the phone.... why not wait a few weeks for the
      updated shipments to come in. Besides..... let the crying begin for everyone who just
      wasted hours of their lives........Verizons iphone coming out in Jan. !!!!!!
      A real readon to be excited!
      You're an idiot. Verizon isnt getting the iphone anytime soon.
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Quote Originally Posted by akosko01 View Post
      You're an idiot. Verizon isnt getting the iphone anytime soon.
      This rumor seems to have more teeth than the other ones. Verizon Wireless Said to Start Offering IPhone in January - Bloomberg
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      i got mine this morning, after waiting in line since 3am. minus any reception issues.. woo!

      there was a dude who got all the way up to the counter just to find out he was not an authorized user on his account, oops! and there was a lady who had to keep letting people pass her because her hubby left and never came back... sucks to be them!
    1. stash459's Avatar
      stash459 -
      this is why the white i4 is not available yet... (Statement by Apple on White iPhone 4

      White models of Apple's new iPhone® 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected)
    1. bsltiger's Avatar
      bsltiger -
      showed up 45minutes before the AT&T store opened by my house. there was 80 people in line when the guy counted and he said he had more than enough for everyone. my mom's friend walked in at around 9:00 while she was on the phone with apple canceling her pre-order and bought one without any wait. bummer for the stores with only a few
    1. Markanthony3211's Avatar
      Markanthony3211 -
      Glad I reserved mines on launch day! However, i wish i can get passed the activation screen )-8
    1. rryyddeerr's Avatar
      rryyddeerr -
      yah.. had this thing about four hours now, and bored already. someone please release a jailbreak tool.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      I got mine, but that guy behing me was snoring the whole night, he was about to break the ATT store. Too bad I didnt have my video camera.
    1. hnic247's Avatar
      hnic247 -
      Walked in at mayslanding, nj at 9:30 on the way to work.. they were waiting for a shipment.. gave me a receipt and said I'll call u when it gets here got the phone call n went to pick it up damn that painless..only complaint was they were out of 16gb so I was forced to spend that extra 100 o well :kayne shrug:
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      My friend tested this.
      Placed an order at 2:40PM today with AT&T, called at 4:50PM the phone is being programmed almost ready to ship. Too bad the call is to cancel the order, iPhone4 with bad reception is too much to handle.
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      On vacation in Destin FL., figured I'd call best buy at opening, the guy said, no , sorry we r all sold out.

      On a hunch, I went there 25 mins later, and the guy I spoke to in person said, sure but all we have is 4 32GB left.... I then told him that all I needed was one! :-)).

      Moral of the story, don't believe them (by phone) when they tell u they don't have any in stock!

      Also, I have no reception issues here in Destin.

      Chris