Want an iPhone 4? Don’t Go To AT&T on Thursday

In the never-ending saga that is the fail whale called AT&T, should you decide that you want to have a shiny new iPhone 4 on Thursday, it’s best that you wait in line at a local Apple store. That’s because AT&T has released their iPhone 4 availability statement, and it’s not that great.

  • Preordered for home or business delivery: iPhone 4 will begin arriving this week for customers who preordered.  We’ll send an email when each order has shipped.
  • Preordered for store delivery: AT&T retail representatives will begin calling customers this week to let them know their iPhone 4 is available for pick up in store.
  • Retail purchase (no preorder): AT&T plans to have iPhone 4 inventory – available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last – on June 29 in its retail locations, at www.att.com, and in business sales channels.  As inventory sells out, AT&T will offer the convenient option of purchasing iPhone 4 and having it delivered to a home or business or an AT&T store.  As always, customers will receive an email once their order is placed, and again when it ships.

I know quite a few people who preordered from AT&T on the 15th, and there were tons of problems with the process. Frankly, I’m not even sure all of those orders went through, which may lead to some pissed-off customers on Thursday. But if you didn’t pre order and figured you’d wing it at an AT&T store, well, you’ve got a few more days of waiting ahead of you. June 29th is a week from yesterday so … hope you like waiting.

My iPhone meanwhile, is scheduled for delivery later today. (Insert uncontrollable giggling here.)

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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