It seems not even Apple’s supply-chain expertise was enough to prevent iPhone shortages from hitting the Cupertino-based company’s home-country. AT&T stores are reportedly running dry on iPhone 3G stock, with resupplies coming in a spate of shipments ranging from a dozen to 100 units.
The backlog has resulted in AT&T stores being sold out of stock as consumers scurry to get their hands on Apple’s next-generation iPhone 3G. With a full week of sales since its launch on July 11, the iPhone 3G has apparently been a buying-priority among consumers.
Business customers are faced with even greater delays. As AT&T struggles to keep pace with frenzied consumer demand, business orders for the iPhone 3G initiated July 13th and onward won’t be fulfilled for at least another 10 to 14 days. Apple opened the door to an enterprise iPhone 3G market to great fanfare, but the company’s inexperience with the business-side of the mobile market is starting to become evident.
Even Apple stores are running low on iPhone 3G-stock. And, with long lines of eager iPhone 3G hopefuls waiting to get their hands on Apple’s latest piece of wireless kit, US-demand for the iPhone 3G is certainly still going strong.