How angry would you be if you spent hours and hours trying to preorder an Apple iPhone 4 yesterday only to find out AT&T canceled your order the next day? Well, scattered reports across the web have said anxious would-be iPhone owners are getting a cancellation notice.
In an e-mail to some customers, AT&T said:
“Unfortunately, we were either unable to verify the information you provided or you have exceeded the number of lines of service that we allow customers to purchase online. As a result, your order has been canceled.”
One would hope that AT&T would have noticed this during the preorders, as this could be the biggest smartphone tease we’ve seen in a while. Hopefully, none of these are false positives, either.
The second-largest U.S. carrier somehow didn’t seem prepared for the onslaught of iPhone 4 madness. The company said it received 10 times the amount of preorders for the iPhone 4 than the iPhone 3GS and it has had to halt the preorders because it can’t keep up with demand. The carrier has already sold about 600,000 units and this is pretty darn impressive considering it’s only preorders.
So, what’s all the preorder fuss about? Well, the iPhone 4 is arguably the biggest hardware upgrade in the history of Apple’s smartphones. Along with a super thin exterior, it packs a larger battery, an improved screen that could set the bar for visual clarity on a smartphone (the Retina display), a 5-megapixel camera that can record HD videos, a new stainless steel band that doubles as the antenna, and the A4 processor, which should make the handset run smoothly.
The iOS 4 update is nothing to sneeze at either, as it finally brings multitasking and background processing to the iPhone. This finally puts it on par with Android, BlackBerry and others and it could lead to some cool new programs in the App Store.
Did you preorder the iPhone 4 or are you sticking with something else?