iPhone 3G inventory plummets over weekend

iPhone 3G inventories plummeted over the weekend. Computerworld said Apple's own inventory tool showed fewer than 9 percent of its stores had any phones to sell yesterday. As of 11 a.m. ET, only 16 of Apple's U.S. retail stores, or 8.5 percent of the 188 stores, listed the 3G iPhone device as being available. On Thursday last week, some 50 stores, or 27 percent, said they had the device in stock.

The hardest-to-find iPhone 3G was the $299 black 16GB model, which was available today in only three stores, or 1.6 percent, of the outlets. Meanwhile, AT&T's own retail stores were nearly sold out of iPhones as early as last Tuesday. Reportedly, many subscribers who ordered an iPhone 3G on July 11 and 12 through AT&T's direct fulfillment program were notified their phones had shipped either Friday or Saturday.

For more:
- see Computerworld

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