iPhone 3G in short supply in many Apple Stores
Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:52 AM
Our local stores (PA) are sold out every day. There is a line of people that show up every day waiting for that days allotment (seems to be around 20-30 for these stores), and they are gone quickly.
So unless you have time to sit at the store all day, since you never know when a shipment is going to come in, you are out of luck.
They won't actually tell you how many phones they have either, which is rather annoying to those of us that live more the 15 minutes away. If you bug them enough, they will tell you how many people are in line. Then, ask whether they think whether it would be worth waiting in that line. Its a yes or no question they are allowed to answer which gives you an idea of whether to go to the store or not.
I quizzed the woman about this sorry state of affairs at our local store. She said she was totally sympathetic, and that it seemed to be a difficult way to buy something if you have a job during the day.
She literally recommended waiting until next week, when she seemed to think they would have stock (as in phones on the shelves when people come in).
This after I finally got the FAN number removed from my ATT account so that I could buy one at the Apple stores since ATT stores have no idea if they are ever going to see them again. (FYI - A FAN number is a number that is on your account that gives you no discount, since you own an iPhone 2G, but prevents you from buying an iPhone 3G from the Apple Store. It can be added back later if you want it removed (so you can buy a phone at the Apple Store), and it will give you a discount on the new 3G service).
Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:55 AM
Posted 15 July 2008 - 09:28 AM
For those complaining about supply issues... c'mon, they sold 1 million of them in a weekend, where the last one took 74 days. Knowing it's going to be huge and knowing it's going to be THAT huge are two different things. It's really cool, but it's a phone... you can wait a few days for crying out loud.
And, yes, "bad Steven Seagal movie" IS redundant.
Posted 15 July 2008 - 09:44 AM
But that's exactly the problem. The stores in NYC and other trendy tech hangouts seem to have all models available even at the end of the day, and every day, while those of us in other large metro areas have been empty since Friday early afternoon. Not a single extra iPhone to be had at all.
I'm willing to wait for a few days or even a week or so, but if it takes a week just to get more in to the store, only to have them immediately sell out again, well that's just cruel. And considering I want one for the SO who refuses to wait in line at all, the last thing I want to do is get one for me and switch carriers and then later try to go with the family plan and have AT&T screw up that transition.
Posted 15 July 2008 - 11:39 AM
On a lighter note, I have the iPhone 3g, and I have 3 original iPhones... after the 2.0 update (which is on both types), the only benefit to the iPhone 3G is GPS.. which is worthless with Google Maps other than to look cool with satellite imaging, and the 3G.. however, I find myself having to force the iPhone 3G to classic EDGE most of the time because 3G drops calls constantly... 10-12 times per day, where as regular Edge does not...
Also, in Albuquerque where I live, Edge is full signal everywhere, whereas 3G only has full signals around the Apple Store / Uptown, and somewhat along Montgomery.
The good areas (Academy, etc) no 3G at all... SE ABQ (air force base), no 3G (well maybe one or two bars, but constantly flips back to Edge).
Just because you get a good Edge signal, does not mean you get a good 3G signal... in fact, I would almost guess ATT has like 4 towers with 3G in our area, because it works hardly anywhere...
My advice... don't be upset about not getting the new iPhone.. the first iPhone is built better (true aluminum, great design and construction), whereas the new iPhone 3G is plastic, feels cheap, and already my headphone jack is shorting out...
If I had to pick only one, I'd pick the previous model... just my opinion.
Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:21 PM
Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:32 PM
Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:41 PM
I have to wait until they are in stock in o2 / CPW stores and I don't know when that will be!
There aren't even any black ones in o2 stores either, which makes my quest even harder!