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iPhone 3G S Already Sold Out In Some Stores

So the iPhone 3G S has been released and is on sale at Carphonewarehouse and O2, both online and in their high street stores; already there are reports of shops having sold out.

Long queues of iPhone Aficionados could be found outside all central London O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores. Mobiletoday reports that the Oxford street O2 store sold out soon after it opened. Many are reporting that other O2 stores - like in Fenchurch - have also sold out within a couple of hours and have told customers to wait till next week.

The company issued a statement saying that they sold more iPhone 3G S deices in the first 120 minutes than all handsets they'd nomally sell on an averag day. It also said that the number of customers in its stores was 10 times more tha on an average day and that the black iPhone models are outselling white ones by 3 to 1.

Most O2 stores will receive new stock during the weekend but it is very likely that both Carphone Warehouse and O2 websites will experience some very heavy traffic over the next 72 hours. O2 already said that its online site saw a 150 percent increase in traffic.

Furthermore, more than half of O2's iPhone customers have already downloaded the new iPhone OS 3.0 Software uptate. One important missing data that O2 didn't disclose was the actual percentage of new customers (as opposed to existing customers who upgrades their iPhones).

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One writer on Twitter noticed that the fervour this year is not as intense as last year's and that the iPhone 3G was out of stock online before it was even launched in the UK. Nothing like that this year, maybe due to better stocking procedures.

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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.