If you weren’t one of the lucky few who got past massive server problems on Tuesday to successfully order Apple’s newest iPhone for June 24 delivery, you may want to look into some alternative launch day options. As of this writing, Apple and AT&T have exhausted their iPhone 4 pre-order stock, save for a small pool of devices available for walk-in customers.
Boy Genius Report initially reported Tuesday evening that AT&T, despite security and server issues, had completely sold out of its allocation of pre-order iPhones. According to the article, “anyone who placed an order [on AT&T’s website] after 1:30pm Pacific can expect to get their iPhone 4 between June 25th and July fifth.” Engadget, following up on the report, received a quote directly from the folks at AT&T:
Because of the incredible interest in iPhone 4, today was the busiest online sales day in AT&T history. 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. We’ll 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.
Several hours later, as pointed out by TUAW, the online U.S. Apple Store changed its estimated ship date from “Ships: Delivers on June 24th” to “Ships: By July 2nd.” In addition, Apple has removed the option to reserve an iPhone 4 for pickup on launch day from the pre-order website, noting instead that iPhone 4s will be available “starting at 7 a.m. on June 24…on a first-come, first-served basis. (Limit two per person.)” Apple’s new Apple Store app for the iPhone also reflects these changes.
Best Buy and Radio Shack were reportedly taking pre-orders for the device, but it’s unknown right now if that guarantees June 24 pickup in-store. According to a report from AppleInsider, Radio Shack “was informed by Apple on Monday that it could no longer use the word “pre-order” as part of its own reservation process, nor could it guarantee customers that they’d receive their iPhone on June 24th.”
If you’re still gunning for an iPhone 4 on the morning of June 24, don’t lose hope quite yet—you still have a few options. Both Apple and AT&T have a number of devices set away for those lined up on a first-come, first-serve basis, and Best Buy and Radio Shack should both have a small stockpile to sell on launch day.
However, if today’s server issues and quick sellout are any indication of the iPhone 4’s popularity, you might want to find out how early your mall or Apple Store will let you get in line.