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iPhone 3G supply snapshot: 61% of Apple Stores sold out

A week after its troubled launch, the iPhone 3G remains a hard-to-find item in the U.S., with nearly all of AT&T’s company-owned stores sold out. According to checks made earlier this morning by iLounge, Apple’s online iPhone 3G availability page shows approximately 61% of the company’s 187 retail stores sold out of iPhone 3G. 57 stores (30%) show availability of at least one iPhone 3G model, while only 15 stores (8%) report stock of all three models. Out of the 57 stores with at least one model in stock, 22 were located in New York and California, with 7 out of the 15 stores showing availability of all three models coming from those two states. This gives NY and CA a disproportionately high percentage (40%) of stores with stock remaining. While Apple is understood to be making shipments to its stores on an almost daily basis, it remains to be seen when iPhone 3G availability will again be widespread.

Additionally, AT&T stores contacted by iLounge have reported extremely limited availability of iPhone hardware, with one store claiming that a grievance has been filed against Apple for restricting shipments. The store noted that it had received a total of only 20 iPhones to offer to more than 100 lined-up customers, with only 5 of each 16GB model to sell. Meanwhile, the store noted that Apple Stores have been stocked with hundreds if not thousands of units.

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For the record, the situation up here in Canada is not much different.  16GB iPhones are virtually impossible to get your hands on unless you’re standing outside a Rogers/Fido store when the delivery truck shows up, and most stores sell out of the 8GB models within about four hours.

Even when ordering over the phone with Rogers, their tracking department starts with a recorded message that says if you’re calling about an iPhone order, to hang up and call back unless it’s been 10 days or more since you placed the original order (which is even funnier, considering they only started selling the iPhone 7 days ago :) ).

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 18, 2008 at 10:14 AM (CDT)


Bad in Colorado.  All of the Apple stores in Colorado sold out last weekend and haven’t shown stock.  All AT&T;stores in the Denver/Boulder area sold out of their 50-ish units last Friday at 10am.  Some got 20-30 more on Saturday that sold out by 10am.  Then I am not aware of any AT&T;stores getting any more.

I have a small business account, which means I can’t buy from Apple… I have to buy from AT&T;.  The stores here have no word on when any units will show up.


Posted by Jim Pollock on July 18, 2008 at 11:31 AM (CDT)


Same situation here in Europe: in all countries where sales opened on July 11th, iPhones were sold out on the same day or saturday latest, with very small stocks available. Here in France, sales opened yesterday (when I got mine), and everything was sold out on the same day, some few units were re-shipped today but are gone already since noon.. people are getting a bit upset about the small quantities (not) available.
Purpose to keep strong demand or real shortage?

Posted by Eye-Pod on July 18, 2008 at 1:05 PM (CDT)


I am also in Colorado (Denver) and after checking with AT&T;stores and Apple stores to no avail, I just direct-ordered from the AT&T;store near my office.  Ordered on Monday, July 14.  Just checked the status and it shipped this morning.  It should arrive at the store on Monday (yay!).  This may be the only way to guarantee that you’ll get an iPhone right away without having to go through the rigmarole of calling/stopping by the store to ask if they’ve received any stock and then getting there in time to actually buy one.

Posted by Jacob Kozlowski on July 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM (CDT)


This is pretty much making my decision for me - my T-mobile contract runs out on November 11.  If I could get one now, I would consider it, but I’ve heard it won’t be until September until the iPhone has wide availability - at that stage paying $200 to get out of a plan 2 months early makes no sense (paying it to get out 4 months early barely made any sense, but I digress).

Posted by Speener on July 18, 2008 at 1:24 PM (CDT)


I do not know how accurate the Apple website is. It lists my local Apple store as being out of stock for the last 4 days, but they have gotten shipments everyday. I went by my local store this morning and stood in line and they got a shipment of well over 100 units, and the website still said they were out of stock. So for you to say, 61% of stores are sold out and your data is based solely from that website, I would not take it seriously.

Posted by Kyle on July 18, 2008 at 3:34 PM (CDT)



The Apple site is accurate - however, it reflects the store’s stock as of 9:00 p.m. that night. It is true that many stores have been receiving shipments, as we noted in the story, but most of those shipments sell out the day they come in, and thus do not change the stock information as listed on the site.

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 18, 2008 at 5:04 PM (CDT)


Does anyone know if the Apple stores allow pre-orders? The AT&T;stores do this, then send you a confirmation email of the purchase and call you when it’s in stock.

If Apple stores don’t do pre-orders, then it would make sense that more phones would be reserved for potential buyers, as opposed to being used to fill back-orders for customers who’ve already ponied up the $199 at the AT&T;store.

Posted by Paul on July 18, 2008 at 8:36 PM (CDT)


This is complete BS! IMO Apple is either holding stock back or they apparently aren’t very good at logistics. I pre-purchased an Iphone on the 17th and the rep at the ATT store said it would be at least a 10 day wait.

I really dig the Iphone but if it doesn’t arrive by next week I’m canceling my order and getting something else. Not worth the wait or the money if Apple can’t get their SH*T together…...

Posted by bearboy on July 19, 2008 at 2:20 AM (CDT)


I think this is absolutely ridiculous. I avoided the first two days of the iPhone release and went to my AT&T;store to order one by means of direct fulfillment. That was Monday. My decision to consider an iPhone was based upon my desire to replace my aging Treo 650 with either the new Blackberry or the iPhone. Either one seems like a great choice.  But now, it’s been nearly a week since I placed my order and no phone…  That’s starting to make my decision for me.  If I don’t have an iPhone by the middle of next week, I’m going with the Blackberry.  Why wait and play this stupid kid’s game for the iPhone when I just need to get a new phone and press on with my life?

Posted by Jeff Nelson on July 19, 2008 at 12:40 PM (CDT)


No pre-orders at the Apple store. They either have the iPhone or they don’t.  Here’s something else that’s really weird… I went to the Apple store in Mission Valley (San Diego) attempting to purchase a MacBook Pro for my small business and a new iMac for my son who starts college in the fall. I was blocked at the door by an Apple store employee who wouldn’t allow me to enter the store,  claiming “there weren’t enough employees available to assist me,” and therefore I couldn’t enter the store at all.  He offered to let me join the queue in front of the store instead…  This is after I drove 20 miles from El Cajon.  Needless to say, my son now has a new Toshiba desktop, and I ordered a Dell XPS for my business. What the heck, Apple?  Trying to chase away business?  The iPhone thing is also a mess… After seeing the mess with inventory problems, I replaced all 22 of my business’s phones with new LG smart phones instead. I’m guessing Apple just lost somewhere around $24,000 in new business from me as a result of these events.  I just wish Apple knew how to handle its supply chain…

Posted by Robert on July 19, 2008 at 12:51 PM (CDT)


I did a DF order through my AT&T;store this week, but the web site where I check the order status says zero shipped all week… Meanwhile, the Apple website keeps teasing me saying the local store has both the 8GB and 16GB black phones, but when I reach the store, they’re gone…

I agree with bearboy (previous post). If Apple doesn’t straighten this out by next week, I’m canceling my order and getting something else. I need a new phone now, not just an iPhone, but a NEW phone. Period.

Posted by Jeff on July 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM (CDT)


C’mon, people!  quit whining and complaining.  it’s just a simple law of supply and demand; and you also have to factor in the fact that Apple is a CONSUMER-based company, NOT a company that is used to making high-end enterprise product.  they are trying to tap into this market, so there will understandably a learning curve and lots of growing pains (Microshaft, er, i mean Microsoft) went through the same thing during their early days (especially with getting Windows into the enterprise).  Eventually, Apple will find better ways to deliver their products to people outside of the consumer market. 

on another note, i guess it does pay off to wait in line early after all.  it’s kind of cheesy and campy (no pun intended) to be early birds, but i guess those people have the last laugh now.

Posted by phongsta on July 19, 2008 at 2:26 PM (CDT)


phongsta I hope your not a fanboy, trying to make excuses. This Iphone 3G situation is FUBAR. Why bother giving ATT stores any phones if their mostly going to Apple stores anyway.

People are shoveling out about $300.00 for this direct fufillmrent scam not to mention the extra $$$ ATT is going to tack on to everyone’s bill because it’s 3G (+ extras $$$ for texting).

I’m the fool because I sold my old Iphone in the anticipation of buying a new one and waiting maybe a couple days max. Now I’m stuck using my 3 year old Sony Ericsson phone. Apple is a large a publicly traded large technology company and should of been prepared logistics wise. If this was Micosoft, Sony or HP the press and techies would be crucifying them to no end.

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I dig the Iphone and Ipod but I ain’t no Apple fanboy. I’m giving it ‘till next Friday (7/25) and if I don’t have a 3G I’m givng Apple the bird and going in another direction.

Posted by bearboy on July 19, 2008 at 7:09 PM (CDT)

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