Demand was so heavy for the new 3G iPhone that by noon Friday most area AT&T retail stores had sold all the phones on hand.
“We’re now taking direct fulfillment orders where people can order the phone,” AT&T spokesman Andy Morgan said. “Now some stores will get small shipments of phones tomorrow and will continue to get shipments next week.”
That would mean that buyers would have to come back to AT&T stores to pick up their iPhone once it arrived, Morgan said.
It appeared that the Apple retail store in Penn Square Mall had plenty of iPhones to supply the more than 200 customers waiting outside the store at 8 a.m.
First-day activation glitches also plagued AT&T, Morgan said. Apple’s iTunes software that is a key to activation of the phone did not work properly in many of the AT&T stores.
“We saw delays early on,” Morgan said. “What we were telling people is that after they bought the phone and the voice and data plan they could sync the phone later at home while Apple worked to resolve issues affecting Apple’s iTunes software.
“We made the decision to go ahead and activate the phone on our network but they still needed to do the part that involved iTunes at home.”
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