Well, today is the day that iPhone
junkies around the world have been waiting for -- today is the first
day that Apple is taking
pre-orders for the iPhone 4. However, trying to order an iPhone 4
from Apple's website this morning has been an exercise in futility.
The Apple Store came online for
pre-orders around 4am EST, but was quickly bombarded with requests.
Many people trying to get an iPhone 4 were greeted with error
messages or notices stating "Please wait while we access your
AT&T account information."
After a few hours of errors and polite
messages, Apple took the site down around 6am and put up its friendly
"We'll be back soon" Post-it note. Since that time, it's
been up and down for the past two and a half hours. Currently, the
site is down yet again.
To add insult to injury, those looking
to get their hands on a white iPhone 4 can't even pre-order it from
Apple (or anywhere else). Apple apparently doesn't have enough stock
to satisfy demand, so it's just going to make folks wait a while
longer before its makes the white 16GB and 32GB SKUs available.
Folks who go through AT&T's website
to order an iPhone 4 are having better luck grabbing a pre-order
(sans the white models), but there's yet another hitch that could
stop some customers in their tracks. Some people with AT&T
Premier accounts aren't even able to order the iPhone 4 because it
doesn't show up in their list of available phones.
The only option is to call up AT&T
and have them temporarily disable your FAN#. By doing this, the
iPhone 4 immediately shows up in your list of available phones, but
you lose your monthly discount on phone service (this discount can
range from 10% to 20% or more for some customers). However, it could
take up to two billing cycles for you to be able to add your FAN#
back to your account to get your discounts again.
That's a lot of trouble to simply get
an iPhone 4 on launch day, but many
people are choosing that route.
Brick and mortar stores like Best Buy,
Walmart, and Radio Shack are supposed to have their own in-store
pre-order programs in place for the iPhone 4, so if you want to go
that route, you have three additional options.
For those that have been living under a
rock, the iPhone will
be released on June 24. It features an Apple A4 processor, a new
640x960 display, and glass covering both the screen and the back of
the device. It is priced at $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the
32GB model with a new two-year contract.