It looks like the price cut that O2 UK implemented on the 8GB iPhone variant in the UK boosted sales beyond even Apple’s expectations. Reports were trickling in that stores across the country were running low or completely out of stock on 8GB iPhones. Now, we’re hearing reports that all retail channels in the UK are sold out of iPhone 8GB stock, with no plans for any re-stocking shipments. Carphone Warehouse’s website indicates that the iPhone 8GB is “out of stock,” while O2’s website shows the handset as “no longer available.”
O2 has even issued an internal memo letting its retail staff know that they “will not be replenishing stock of this product as it has now gone to end of life.
Apple has apparently given the iPhone 8GB an end-of-life kiss, effectively discontinuing the handset in the UK. Just as the lower price point started to boost sales of the 8GB iPhone, Apple has up and stopped shipping new stock.
The discontinued iPhone 8GB could indicate that the 3G iPhone launch could happen sooner than the expected June 9 launch window. We’ll have to wait and see.
To all you UK iPhone hopefuls: best of luck trying to find an iPhone 8GB.
[Via: Apple Insider]