Pretty much like has happened the past couple of years, it looks like those folks pre-ordering the iPhone 3G S probably aren’t going to get their phone on the launch date. Due to major sell-outs, anyone pre-ordering from Saturday, June 13th and later are not going to get them at launch. AT&T’s internal sales system is directing staff to let customers know sorry, it’s not going to happen. Instead, they can expect their phone to show up 7 to 14 days after the order is made.
So, if you want one on launch day, and you held out on placing a pre-order, you are going to have to go to an AT&T or Apple store and wait. The regular availability is now set to begin at 8:00 am, rather than the 7:00 am start time they were previously hailing. Those people who did place a pre-order are supposed to expect an email letting them know when their phone is in stock.
For those that already have a pre-order in, you still get to join the line at 7:00 though, and let everyone else duke it out later for what is left. Best Buy and Walmart are also supposed to have them, but not until regular store hours on June 19th.
Can’t wait to see this circus when it comes to town.