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  • iPhone 4 Supplies Quickly Diminishing Globally


    "Launch Day" has finally arrived and it shouldn't come as a surprise that the lines are longer than the supplies (check out MMi's launch gallery to see for yourself). That's what we're hearing from scores of readers and understanding based on the early accounts from many others.

    For hours now it has been reported that entire nations have virtually depleted their entire iPhone 4 stock, with the UK, France, and Japan chief among them. As this YouTube video from outside Apple's Regent Street, London store this morning proves, getting your hands on this device may not be as easy as once expected.



    What's true abroad is also true at home for Apple. The in-store availability of iPhone 4s could be completely decimated before the end of launch day. With demand for the iPhone 4 outpacing the initial demand for the iPad by enormous leaps and bounds, it appears the first 600,000 units preordered will ultimately prove just a drop in the bucket for total sales when all is said and done for iPhone 4.

    For some prospective but still empty-handed buyers, there was a glimmer of hope today when some reports surfaced that Wal-Mart would, in fact, have some iPhone 4s in store on launch day. Unfortunately, despite the frenzy that set in on Twitter and the foot traffic that resulted in Wal-Marts within hours, most iPhone 4 seekers were heartbroken to learn that many Wal-Mart stores only stocked one or two of the devices so far. Not one or two cases - one or two actual devices. Yes, only two iPhone 4s.

    As reported this morning by CNN Money, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and RadioShack had previously suggested that iPhone 4 walk-in purchases might not work out so well on launch day. After all, only 1,500 of the 3,600 Wal-Mart stores in the US are even offering the handset today. These extremely limited supplies at incredibly scarce outlets have frustrated and confounded Apple fans like few other product launches ever have. Of course, the shortages aren't limited to Apple stores and Wal-Marts. "Inventory remains constrained, and it is expected that many of the iPhones that Best Buy receives will go first to customers who reserved one during presale," Best Buy warned on the eve of launch.

    According to AT&T, demand for the iPhone 4 has already proven 10 times higher than it was for the iPhone 3GS. And, for the most part, there's video to back up that claim.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4 Supplies Quickly Diminishing Globally started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 74 Comments
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      im getting mine in august some time
      i cant wait
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      lol is someone in the video blowing on a vuvuzela lol? Man I feel like one lucky mofo now because I wasnt able to get through with my reserve or preorder my iphone so I got to my apple store at 12am and lucked out and was 5th in line for first come first served (right after I got in line it was almost as if the floodgates had opened because people started pouring in from every direction to get in line)...It wasnt fun thou considering the fact that it was about 85-90 degrees with 100% humidity... About 1000 people (maybe more because when i left after getting my iphone at 7;30 people where still getting in line) showed up for the launch here in Baton Rouge, La.

      I feel bad for my buddy (not really lol) because he got screwed by Best Buy due to their pre-ordering way more iphones than they were allotted and he was the 7th person to "Preorder" at that best buy and he still didnt get one.

      Heres a few pics of the line that we had here around 6;40am-ish ( this is only the first come first served line and it was MUCH deeper than the pics reveal).





    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      Apple store in fresno CA said if you pre order you will get iPhone 4!!!! Yess
    1. wakka102's Avatar
      wakka102 -
      even though I preordered at an apple retail store, I have been told that the one I am going to pick up from has an 8 hour+ line, and thats regardless of whether or not you have a preorder. I think I'm just going to forfeight the preorder since I havent payed yet and just wait a few days before I go get one. Thats just obsurd.
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      Just picked up my 4 Iphones! They are all going on ebay!
    1. sunbeam83's Avatar
      sunbeam83 -
      I walked into a store at 11am and got one having passed about 200 people in another queue. Madness!
    1. therockk's Avatar
      therockk -
      Lmfao! I had to pay $1000 but I got my iPhone 4 last night. I was planning on getting it with no contract for $799.99 anyways. Extra $200 saves me all this hassle :-D
    1. smuthers66's Avatar
      smuthers66 -
      FEDEX just dropped mines off thank GOD cant wait until fully charged so i can activate battery came on 82% for mines
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      just got mine. yeah boy!
    1. pm_kennedy's Avatar
      pm_kennedy -
      $1000!? That's insane. No way would I ever pay that much for a phone (even though it's more than just a phone). And if this reception issue is stictly design flaw or whatever...I better get a free bumper with it. I might just stick to my jailbroken 3GS and wait till next years iPhone.
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Quote Originally Posted by smuthers66 View Post
      FEDEX just dropped mines off thank GOD cant wait until fully charged so i can activate battery came on 82% for mines
      Mine came fully charged out the box...
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Still waiting for activation :-(
      On another note, connected both iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 at the same time to itunes, and it's syncing both simultaneously...wonder where it's storing the new stuff?
      I NEED to JB iphone 4 asap somebody...pleaseeeeeee.......
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      So no iPhone 4 white? Also if your service doesn't kick in after 15 mins of activation restart your phone, if it still doesn't then take out the sim and put it back in, you need a paper clip to open the sim on the right side, it is a small sim don't be dumb and open it where you can easily lose it.
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLaw-One View Post
      Still waiting for activation :-(
      On another note, connected both iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 at the same time to itunes, and it's syncing both simultaneously...wonder where it's storing the new stuff?
      I NEED to JB iphone 4 asap somebody...pleaseeeeeee.......
      here you go buddy... http://www.redmondpie.com/ios-4.0-ja...5-windows-mac/Redsn0w 9.5 complete ( not the beta), both Windows and Mac versions are ready to go... in fact Im downloading the 4.0os for the iPhone 4 so I can be the jailbreak process when its completed (the 4.0os for the iphone 4 is 579mb where as the 4.0 for 3g was only 292mb)... enjoy buddy! by the way, did you camp out like I did or have it shipped to your house?
    1. vindutch's Avatar
      vindutch -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      So no iPhone 4 white? Also if your service doesn't kick in after 15 mins of activation restart your phone, if it still doesn't then take out the sim and put it back in, you need a paper clip to open the sim on the right side, it is a small sim don't be dumb and open it where you can easily lose it.
      White plastic is more expensive than black. You have to blam BP for this one too. Why didn't Apple give us the sim card removal tool like the 3GS?
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rpgpromaster View Post
      im getting mine in august some time
      i cant wait
      You cant wait huh? youre waiting till August...right?

      this is lolz to me!
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      I called the ATT toll free number to activate. Took about 1 minute on the phone then waiting 5 minutes as directed. All with the i4 AND my 3G turned off. After 5 minutes, I turned the i4 on and plugged into iTunes. Within 1 minute the i4 displayed the activation message.
    1. joshWUa's Avatar
      joshWUa -
      Ha well I've had my iPhone since the online order, it shipped the next day, I have it jailbroken!!
    1. falim's Avatar
      falim -
      Pre-ordered at Best Buy, they setup appointment for this morning, went in, purchased/activated new phone, and I was out in 15 minutes. No lines. Hell, they even were putting on invisible shields if you bought one.

      They did however only get 20 phones.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Well it seems I don't have to worry about this because I just asked my mom if she would come with me to buy the new phone(the at&t thing is under her name so she has to come) and she got mad that I already wanted a new phone... Oh well I guess I'll just wait and maybe get a white one eventually lol.