Think you're getting the new iPhone 4 on the day it hits the streets? Well, you might be in for a surprise.
Pre-orders of the fourth generation of Apple's magical device started Tuesday online at the AT&T and Apple sites. The demand was so high that many people had huge problems trying to even access the sites.
As of today AT&T has halted pre-sales and Apple has pouched back the delivery date to July 2, from the promised drop date of June 24 offered ONLY yesterday. Right now clicking the "pre-order now" button for the Apple iPhone 4 at AT&T's web site gives you a pop-up that reads "Pre-orders for iPhone temporarily suspended."
Some lucky folks ordering as early as 5am this morning, were still able to obtain the June 24 ship date. We hope that sticks.
All this comes amid reports from Gizmodo that claims AT&T is exposing credit cards and shipping information during iPhone 4 pre-orders. Some people who did not pre-order iPhones have gotten emails, letting them know their order went through. Apparently, even wrong shipping information has been used by AT&T and Apple's websites.
according to Gizmodo:
This is how it happens: A customer tries to log into their AT&T account to order a new iPhone 4 upgrade. Despite entering their username and password, the AT&T system would take them to another user account. This gives access to all kinds of private information about the mistaken customer: Addresses, phone calls, and bills, along with the rest of private information, becomes exposed to random.
Gizmodo has documented several cases, though AT&T has said they have been unable to duplicate the error.
At a certain point you have to wonder how many black-eyes Apple is going to allow AT&T to give its 'iconic' phone. The biggest drawback among many people to the iPhone has been AT&T.
This latest issue follows on the heels of the iPad security breech from AT&T. When will enough be enough? Pull the plug on this turkey!