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  (Source: MacRumors)

Small lines formed outside Apple and AT&T stores across the country for the iPhone 3G S launch. The phone, which features more memory and a faster processor, quickly sold out at most locations.  (Source: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Apple shoots for another sales record

With millions of iPhones already sold, Apple was hoping for another hit with the release of the iPhone 3G S.  The new phone features an improved camera (with AutoFocus), larger memory capacity, faster hardware, and a new OS.  Apple has been accepting preorders for the phone over the last couple weeks.

AT&T stores opened at 7:30 am in preparation for the launch.  Lines were relatively short and orderly even in busy locations like the AT&T Suffolk Street and Delancey Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side (according to MacRumors).  Louisville, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Montreal, Quebec were among the cities to have small lines of 100 people or less (via Twitter).  Despite the shorter lines, the phone reportedly sold out quickly.

The AT&T shops received stocks of approximately 60 units for those who did not preorder and many sold out within 20 minutes or less.  Stores will reportedly receive their next shipment 5 business days.  AT&T had already exhausted its pre-order supply a week ago.  Customers ordering over the last week will have to wait one to two weeks to have their phone delivery.

Outside the shops ringtone merchants and phone recyclers pestered many of the customers, try to get them to sell their older models for refurbishing, or to sell them ringtones or accessories.  Local TV channels even showed up to many of the events.

The phone costs $199 (16 GB) or $299 (32 GB) for new subscribers and as much as $599 (32 GB) for subscribers with under over a year left on their current contract.  Rather than risk a disastrous launch day OS update like last year (which saw Apple's servers crash from the traffic) the new OS v3.0 was released early this week, staggering the downloads from new phones and older iPhone 3G's 

The iPhone 3G S launch appears to have gone very well for Apple, and success seems certain for the powerful iPhone 3G S.  However, it features tough competition this fall from new Android handsets, the Blackberry Storm 2, the Palm Pre, and other phones such as the Nokia N97, or the Samsung Omnia Pro (Windows Mobile).





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Silly
By MrPerez on 6/22/2009 12:59:33 AM , Rating: 2
Its funny how consumers are paying for updated that should have been for free.

So auto focus (with NO flash), 16gig, "new" OS (NO qwerty kb) is really worth another 200 bucks +?

btw the 3GS's new network speed is useless under AT&T, the network does not support it, useless.

Next in line for apple to screw its consumers over is OSX service pack (Snow leopard) charging them for it, again silly.




RE: Silly
By dav115 on 6/22/2009 2:36:46 PM , Rating: 2
I tell you what else is funny - I can name at least five people I know who just recently put down £274 for the 3GS (plus £30 per month for 18 months) DESPITE being ~ 50% the way through their current iPhone contract... :/ Idiots...


RE: Silly
By callmeroy on 6/23/2009 8:38:43 AM , Rating: 2
While I agree with 90% of your comment, the 10% part is to let you know I don't think you saying that ATT doesn't support the new speed capabilities of the new IPhone is "news" to anyone.

I work with two guys that are way into the Iphone -- so for lunch we went to the Apple store by our office, the place was pretty crowded and everyone was in there talking about the new features -- the Apple store reps themselves , I overheard telling several people that the ATT network doesn't currently support the speed improves in our area yet. So if anyone thinks otherwise that's their fault with so much talk about it going on.

Alas....ATT has stated they are upgrading their network to accomodate the increased speeds and I believe some parts of the country will have the faster speeds for their Iphones at least --- as early as this fall.


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