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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. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      I just got the phone. The screen absolutely blows my mind. And no "losing signal" issues when I hold the phone from every corner, only when I deliberately hold it with both hands at once.
    1. jih128's Avatar
      jih128 -
      my verizon contract just ended and im thinking of going to at&t for the iphone 4. any idea when the price will potentially drop?
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Got mine from Best Buy this morning, just walked in and picked it up. Preordered 2 iPhone 4s but due to supply constraints, they only had the 16 gig for me so I'll have to wait to pick up my 32 gig.

      I was really excited when I received my 16 gig... only to have that slowly dissipate as I soon begun to realize that I felt like I've downgraded coming from a Jailbroken 3G[S]. I had sold my 3G[S] so I'll have to wait like the score of other MMi users before a jailbreak is issued in order to really enjoy this device.

      With Wifi restrictions, no Yourtube, no GVmobile, no WinterBoard, no BiteSMS, no SBSettings... the list goes on... Today has been bittersweet.

      The screen is GORGEOUS though... too bad the available cases are sh*tty.
    1. Lace's Avatar
      Lace -
      Why the hell is somebody blowing a vuvuzela??? I hope this thing doesn't spread
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      I think it's so nerdy and geeky when Apple store employees stand outside their stores clapping at people as they enter the store. This isn't Disney World people!
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      they have a sick amount of employees on today. i wonder what my local apple store looks like? not gonna find out as im going nowhere near there. even on a good day theres always a bottleneck of traffic right there and f_cks everything up.
    1. headcheese's Avatar
      headcheese -
      Had a reserve, got there at 2:30, and was the 1st group in store In and out in 6 minutes- fully activated. I got cheers when I was walking out like I was a rockstar!! Pretty sweet
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      I'm starting to wonder how many of those 600,000 people that pre ordered got them just so they can sell them on ebay for more money...
    1. romeoz's Avatar
      romeoz -
      I was offered 1200 for my 32gb but I know that's alot of money but the thought of giving this away isn't worth it. Maybe 2 grand. Lol
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      This is sorta off topic but I just realized that the offer that you can upgrade to an iphone 4 for the normal upgrade price on release date if you bought a 3gs after a certain date probably won't be available when you can actually buy the iphone 4 at at&t(june 29th) without the pre order.... If that's true well then screw you at&t
    1. cdx454's Avatar
      cdx454 -
      I preorder from BB went in at 10 and was out in 15min it seems they had a lot of phones, since I got one and I was like the 100th person to preorder
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Got mine today..... Stood in linevforvabout 6 hours, not too bad considering most of the people that were there had been out there for about 10 hours. I am waiting for it to complete sync.....
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      There's some iPhone 4's here in Manchester at The Trafford Centre but all on contract
    1. shore's Avatar
      shore -
      Quote Originally Posted by joshWUa View Post
      Ha well I've had my iPhone since the online order, it shipped the next day, I have it jailbroken!!
      Sure ya do mister 4 posts.
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Has anyone heard anything about when the white iphone 4 might be sold? I'm not bothering buying one until I can jailbreak it anyway so I figured I might as well just wait for the white one cause I really want it more then black.
    1. dthiss's Avatar
      dthiss -
      Both mine and the wife's showed up at 11:30am eastern. Activated via AT&T and were using them in under 5 minutes. I do seem to have the issue with the signal strength dropping when holding the edges. Anyone else?
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Stupid Apple site, I would have had one by now had the reservations been working properly for me
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      Im on line for 2 hours maybe 45 min to go im close to the finish line, gime my iphone
    1. ipod touch u's Avatar
      ipod touch u -
      I pre-ordered my phone on the 17th and they charge my
      Credit card immediately, my delivery date is July 17th, am I guaranteed to receive one by then?
    1. DeclanFay's Avatar
      DeclanFay -
      does anyone know if stores should be getting new stock tomorrow morning ? or is this all that there is for awhile