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O2, CPW quick to dismiss reports of iPhone stock crisis

In what appears to be a pseudo-opportunistic PR crisis, O2 has been quick to brush off claims that the Apple iPhone is completely out of stock in the UK.

The claims came as iPhone inventories online were temporarily out of stock as a "please note : 8GB and 16GB iPhone are no longer available" message sent potential purchasers panicking.

An O2 spokesperson told Techradar that the more expensive 16GB iPhones will be available soon and that there is no shortage per se; although matters could be different for the 16GB version.

Carphone Warehouse has already said that there won't be any stock issues for 16GB models at least although there's speculation that both vendors won't bother restocking the closer we will be to the 3G iPhone launch.

Sales of the iPhone rocketed after a £100 rebate was applied last month, bringing the price of the cheapest iPhone to £269 and causing a massive surge in demand.

The next generation so-called 3G iPhone is scheduled to be released next month during Apple's Annual WorldWide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

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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 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.