O2 was named the exclusive carrier for the iPhone 3G in the UK, but Apple may be looking to add another to the mix. While O2 certainly has done a fairly good job with offering their iPhone users coverage plans far better than in most countries, rumor has it that Apple's exclusive agreement with the company will end by the end of the year, and that Orange will be stepping in as a second carrier of the device.
Supplies of iPhone 3G's at Apple stores and carrier stores alike have been low, but some have been wondering if the carriers have secretly been holding out on customers. Both O2 and AT&T have commented on their supplies, and both of them have said, not surprisingly, "no". They're exactly as short on iPhone 3G's as you think they are.
I was really excited to get my iPhone 3G on Friday, but my activation process was a nightmare and left me in suspense for several hours while I waited to get through. And by no means was I the only one. People across the US had the same problem. Similarly, things were less than perfect in the UK.
It looks like we're not the only ones having major iPhone 3G activation issues. Reports are saying that customers in the UK are also getting frustrated due to an unforeseen software compatibility issue in their activation process. The registration process for O2 does not use iTunes, but instead uses a web-based system. Unfortunately for Apple Stores, their system requires Internet Explorer to function, whereas Apple Stores had only Safari to work with. They managed to get around it by installing Fusion on some of the Macs but their system isn't going as smoothly as hoped.
O2 Sales Director Stephen Shurrock has said in a message to potential customers that they are expecting an iPhone 3G shortage that will last weeks due an unexpectedly high demand for the device. According to the message, their systems were knocked out during the swarm of online orders, and stores have since sold out of stock.
We have some bad news for our friends in the U.K. who were hoping to get one of the white iPhone 3Gs. O2 has revealed earlier that the white iPhone 3G will not be available from O2 on July 11th, but will "come later". In fact, Carphone Warehouse adds that "that the white 16GB model won’t be available at launch" anywhere in the UK. This makes us wonder if we'll be seeing the fabled white iPhone anywhere at launch, or for some time. [via PocketLint.co.uk]
Customers in the UK hoping for the pay-as-you-go iPhone 3G may have quite a wait, according to The Register. Carphone Warehouse has announced that their pay-as-you-go models will be available in time for Christmas. They haven't specified what their prices will be yet, but they are promising more information as the time draws nearer. [via The Register]
There had been rumors going around that O2 would be allowing customers to pre-order their iPhone 3G's in advance before launch day in the UK and elsewhere, and since then had been gaining credibility. Now it has been confirmed once and for all. O2 sent out emails to customers informing them that the iPhone 3G would be available for pre-order as of 8AM, July 7th (today), up until July 11th, at which time they will be delivered to the recipients doorstep.
A reader of the computer technology website PC Advisor is claiming to have information on the plans for the new iPhone's launch at Carphone Warehouse in the UK. He claims that a staff member at his local store revealed times and dates for the launch on his computer.
O2 has announced further details regarding the iPhone 3G launch later this month. The company said that their stores will be opening to sell the new device on the 11th at 7AM. They also said that devices will be limited to one per customer, and will be offered on a first come first served basis, and that they will be offering more details on how to pre-order an iPhone 3G before the 11th. [via Macworld UK]