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AT&T Claims Almost Sold out of Apple iPhones on Friday Night

Reuters News Wire (
Sat, 30 Jun 2007 14:46:01 -0500

AT&T Inc. sold almost all its initial stock of Apple Inc.'s iPhone
within hours of the device going on sale, an AT&T spokesman said on

An Apple spokesman was not immediately available to comment on the
number of iPhones sold at its 162 U.S. outlets.

The combination cell phone, media player and Web browser went on sale
at AT&T and Apple stores on Friday at 6 p.m. in each U.S. time zone in
the most anticipated gadget launch of the year.

"Virtually all of our stores sold out of the iPhone last night," AT&T
spokesman Mark Siegel said, declining to specify how many units had been

AT&T, which runs about 1,800 stores in the United States, was still
taking orders for iPhones and giving customers the option of picking
the handset up in a store later or having it shipped to them directly,
Siegel said.

Asked about problems that some iPhone buyers were having with
activating their phones, Siegel said the "vast majority" of customers
were able to begin using their phones within minutes.

"There are some whose activation process is being delayed and that's
something that can happen in a launch like this and we're resolving
those on a case-by-case basis," Siegel said.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.

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