The iPhone 4 Arrives June 24th. Or June 23rd

By  |  Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 7:47 am

Yesterday, i got a message from Apple confirming that the iPhone 4 I reserved will be ready on Thursday:

But as Engadget’s Ross Miller is reporting, at least some of the people who ordered iPhones 4 for delivery rather than reserved them for pickup are getting e-mails saying they’ll arrive tomorrow.

Unless those e-mails are a massive mistake (seems unlikely!) the mail-order iPhones will be in consumers’ hands before the retail ones will.

In the past, waking up at 3am so you could be in line at 4am at an Apple Store that opened at 7am was an onerous but effective way to get an iPhone a few hours before those who stayed home and waited for Fedex to knock on the door. This time, however, there seems to be no benefit to the retail route–unless you need help transferring contacts and setting up e-mail. Which I don’t.

More on the iPhone 4 on Thursday–unless there’s a second mysterious wave of e-mails telling us to show up tomorrow.

 
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  1. Jared Says:

    So let me get this straight. You pay for a phone, you pay for service and you still have to see adds to use it?

  2. shawn Says:

    either appleinsider or macrumors made a good point: getting phones in *some* people’s hands might be a great way to make sure that att has actually fixed the debacle before the vast majority of people start clogging up their servers again.

    of course, I’m sympathetic to anything that means I get my phone a day early, and I can engage in all sorts of ex-post rationalization as to why it’s a “good idea.”

    after all – I *am* an economist, and we’re great at telling stories. :)

  3. shawn Says:

    related to my post:

    http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/18/reliably-predicting-the-future/

  4. Paul Judd Says:

    Jared,
    Not unusual Most people pay the same on their cable bill every month and what do they see? Ads. Just because you pay for something doesn’t preclude advertising.

  5. Luiz Dias Says:

    I received FedEx tracking numbers yesterday morning for my phones (one for my wife). And today the FedEx tracking site said that they would be shipped today and arrive by 3:00 EST on Wednesday.

  6. strongfist Says:

    Theres an article at http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com/ that gives a possible reason to why Apple shipped out their products before the launch day. It gives reference to Android and steve jobs fear of it O_o

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