iPhone pre-sales suspended

Apple Inc. said it took pre-orders for more than
600,000 of its new iPhone 4 on its first day of availability, amid strong
demand that overwhelmed computer systems and resulted in “many order and approval
system malfunctions.”

The
company said “many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in
frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope
that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4
is in stock.”

AT&T Inc. stopped  taking advance orders for the iPhone 4 just
one day after orders started, citing inventory issues and unexpectedly high
demand

The
carrier is suspending the orders “in order to fulfil the orders we’ve already
received,” it said in a statement. It might resume taking pre-orders before
the 24 June launch, depending on inventory, AT&T added.

The
suspension comes a day after a crush of traffic paralyzed AT&T and Apple’s
Web sites on the first day of pre-orders, leaving many unable to reserve the
new iPhone ahead of time while some customers inadvertently ended up on others’
account pages.

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