In Australia, iTWire has heard from some would-be iPhone 3G owners that the deposit they paid to Optus has been refunded, suggesting that the carrier either accepted more deposits than its expected number of iPhones, or it hasn't received as many phones from Apple as it originally expected. Could stock possibly have been diverted to Telstra, which was a little late to the iPhone party?
Meanwhile, reports from Canada suggest Rogers has had its quota of iPhones scaled back.
The cynical will probably say that all this is just manipulation on Apple's part to ensure continued interest in the iPhone 3G launch, but if that was the case it could have the reverse effect - if people don't expect to be able to buy an iPhone this Friday, surely that increases the chance that stock will be left on the shelves.
Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.