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Apple iPhone 3GS Sold Out? Nope!

Quick, how many blogs have you read since yesterday suggesting that pre-orders for the new AppleiPhone 3GS have been so robust, that they're already sold out? Boy Genius Report had that news yesterday. InformationWeek is reporting that Apple and AT&T have both already sold out of their launch day pre-order units.

Not quite.

AT&T may have issues meeting demand in its stores, but the Apple web site is still offering to satisfy those early adopters. And in a remarkably easy process. Go to Apple and the siteis still letting shoppers reserve their 3GS's today and pick them up at an Apple retail store on June 19; or reserve the phone with an online pre-order today and it'll be shipped to you for arrival on the release date on June 19. Oh, and shipping is free!

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So once again, hype begins to steamroll its way through the marketplace. Of course, judgment day comes this Friday when we'll know for sure whether these pre-orders actually get filled. But I just spoke with Apple, and the company directed me to the website to get the latest availability news. And yes, Apple is still taking pre-orders online.

Also, no one is talking about how many of these phones are actually available, or how many will be available at AT&T stores versus the stockpile Apple is sitting on, but you gotta wonder if Apple is holding out on its carrier partner! Whether it is or isn't, shoppers have a choice, and if your local AT&T store is crying "sell-out," there's another option, and it comes directly from the source.

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