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 640×960 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.
The piracy police made one 9-year-old a very unhappy camper
ZMAX will come with a Snapdragon 400 processor and 720p display
UC Davis dares to go where Toyota won't with the Prius
An Apple spokesperson fires back over Microsoft's latest commercials
Engadget gets the scoop on Dell's latest "ultra-portable" notebook