AT&T already sold out of launch day iPhone 3G S pre-orders

Now that the iPhone 3G S has been announced, pre-orders have caused the device to be sold out according to a report by Apple Insider.

Any pre-orders that were made starting today, June 13 will not ship on the June 19 launch, and consumers will have to wait for up to two weeks to receive their order. If you do pre-order a 3G S, you'll receive an email once it's back in stock, saving you from having to stand in line.

Apple stores will open at 8 AM, and AT&T stores will open at 7 AM for the launch of the iPhone 3G S. Best Buy and Walmart will also have the iPhone 3G S for sale on June 19. Unfortunately, iPhone 3G users will have to shell out an additional $200 if they want a 3G S right away, but that still hasn't detered consumers from pre-ordering the new iPhone.

Back when the iPhone 3G launched, it was sold out in 21 states. When the original iPhone launched, it too sold out in Apple Stores in 10 states in 4 days.

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Its too bad this is on ATT (which is the worst provider around my parts) or I would consider getting one. If only Apple would start selling these on Verizon when the ATT contract is up, they would make a killing.

Doubt its the same in the UK where O2 have set ridiculous price points, meaning most people don't seem that keen to buy. You US people are lucky as you can get the 16GB 3GS for the same price as the 8GB 3G used to sell for.

Copy/Paste, MMS messaging and Tethering. More pure innovation by apple!! I can see why its sold out so fast, its not like any other phone can offer any of that!

doesnt make the iphone better than what's been out there for a couple of years.

Nope. But if you like the iPhone and would prefer to remain with an iPhone, and they release one which HAS extra features then you'd want to buy it.

Why is this so hard for some people to understand? A HTC device might well have this stuff, but most HTC stuff runs Windows Mobile.. and seeing as using Windows Mobile is about as enjoyable as pulling your fingernails off with a pair of pliers, it's not hard to see why people have flocked to the iPhone and don't want to go near anything else for the mean time.

Well Apple sure know how to make a desirable phone, that is for sure. I bet they could make a turd sell like hot cakes! :P you can't deny Apple's marketing genius.

^ Same. Got in on wednesday morning(att opens at 10) haha. My WinMo 6 Pantch Duo is running on not last legs but memory burn out basically what I call it. I didnt abuse it physically but more software. I kept thousands of messages on my phone. I never really bother deleting em becuase I have bad memory, and it comes to the point where "o wait you siad this" no no no i didnt, and boom its up on my phone haha. Yes im stubborn but some people deserve to get proved wrong. And not only that, stuff for myself is the same on my phone.

So now, I have 54megs of ram total, ill start it up, no apps its at 38.2. ActiveSYNC always has to be open even thou i havent hooked this phone up to my computer since ived had it(its was an insurance replacement ot my nokia n75 so owned it for now 7 months). I REALLY like this phone, but i hate not being able to disable AS. Even thou it didnt bother me still, bugs me. Anyway, Ill have messages opened and im sitting at 46.8megs haha. I havelike 2 months worth of texts about 15k from both months. Its suprising.

Knowing they're sold out makes me glad I pre-ordered mine on Thursday. This will be the first apple product I've ever bought (still can't believe that actually happened). The main reason I'm happy is because I really "need" the phone by this weekend as my current phone (at&t 8525 running Windows Mobile 6) is a pos and is on it's last leg. Starting to lock up several times a day now.

"Tethering? (even though you can't do this on the only network that they are sold with)" in the US at least. Someone should be shot for trying to use this as one of the new features being marketed. Have they no shame?

Unfortunatley apple don't include the automatic reboot and shutdown, which keeps tethering on Windows mobile so light on the networks. Since it takes about 5 minutes to get it up and running again, none of the carriers have ever even noticed the traffic.

abysal said,
"Tethering? (even though you can't do this on the only network that they are sold with)" in the US at least. Someone should be shot for trying to use this as one of the new features being marketed. Have they no shame?

It's a shame your cell phone provider sucks - many of the other countries the phone is sold in will work out of the box just fine with both MMS and tethering. The world is larger than the US.

Maybe you should direct your rage at the company that's dropping the ball (AT&T) rather than the one that has things working as advertised (Apple). So long as you're venting your frustrations in the wrong direction AT&T has no reason to get their asses in gear.

Hah, I love how apple releases old stuff on their new phone and act like it's something new. MMS messages? Copy and Paste? Tethering? (even though you can't do this on the only network that they are sold with)

I know, why would anybody buy anything except for wonderful Microsoft products. I can't wait for my zunephone, so I can start squirting people all over the country. And we needs windows mobile, surely the most stable microsoft os ever.. only crashes 2x a day, and is completely un-useable...

cakesy said,
I know, why would anybody buy anything except for wonderful Microsoft products. I can't wait for my zunephone, so I can start squirting people all over the country. And we needs windows mobile, surely the most stable microsoft os ever.. only crashes 2x a day, and is completely un-useable...

you sir, fail more than most people.

cakesy said,
I know, why would anybody buy anything except for wonderful Microsoft products. I can't wait for my zunephone, so I can start squirting people all over the country. And we needs windows mobile, surely the most stable microsoft os ever.. only crashes 2x a day, and is completely un-useable...

I like guys like you that make assumptions, lol. You're freaking awesome. Don't get me wrong now, I am an iPhone user myself. I got the phone when it first came out and it works without any issues! However, since I've had this phone for over 2 years, I was desperately looking fwd to this new phone but somehow, it has failed to meet my expectations.

I'd be interested to know how many they'd sell if they told AT&T to screw off and supported other carriers. Seems to me they'd pretty much have the mart phone market by the balls at that point, with an open door into every PC user who wasn't already stuck using iTunes for their iPod's....not that I want them controlling the market.

I'm surprised this was brought up so quickly. It was the first thing I thought of, since I can recall several times in the past when companies barely produced/shipped enough stock just so they could say "We sold out!" That kind of PR makes sales thanks to consumer herd mentality.

Marshalus said,
I'd be interesting to know how many it took to be "sold out" ... 1000, 10,000, 100,000?

Goldman Sachs estimated around 700,000 units sold for the original iPhone. Working out the iPhone 3G initial sales is a little more interesting - 1800 AT&T stores and 188 Apple stores sold them. Estimate the number in stock per store and have a shot but it's anyone guess -- and Apple's flagship stores on Fifth Av., Prince Street and 14th Street apparently had a lot more in stock then any AT&T store.

The 3GS is anyones guess. If you assume around 40 phones per AT&T store you're looking at around 700,000 phones (the same as the initial release) so a safe guess would be that the number is probably similar this time around. On the flip side, Palm sold between 60,000 and 200,000 Pre's during their sell-out period according to Piper Jaffray.

At this point I would think it is a pretty safe bet that Apple are less reliant on obscure marketing techniques such as what you're suggesting. I can thoroughly understand if this were the case for the original iPhone but at this point it's a household name. The better argument is whether or not going from a 3G to a 3GS is worth it and I can tell you that I definitely won't be -- and I'm not even on a contract (Australia).

I should also clarify that all these numbers are from independent consulting firms that specialise in analysing this kind of market behaviour.