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16GB Apple iPhone sells out across UK despite lack of subsidies

Several sources have confirmed that the iPhone stock in UK has been rapidly dwindling since O2 and Carphone Warehouse have announced that they would not be restocking iPhones till the next version comes out.

Trustedviews reported that the uber expensive £329 16GB iPhone is out of stock online, which will probably prompt some scenes of jubilation at Apple Europe.

This happened despite the fact that there were no discounts applied; it means that for the next 30 days, the only place where you will be able to get your iPhone is online at Apple where the 8GB version is available for £269 (opens in new tab) and the 16GB veresion for £329.

This situation also shows that Apple users react differently compared to mainstream ones who would be expected to shy away from full price clearance items when the next, upgraded version is on its way.

The only similar situation in tech is that of Microsoft's Windows XP which still commands top price.

The current iPhone shortage is the perfect stage for the forthcoming release of the brand new, updated 3G iPhone which is set to debut at the Aplpe WorldWide Developer conference in June.

Apple expects to sell 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008 and until now, UK sales have been excellent compared to the rest of Europe but still lags well behind US.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.