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Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Start Shipping

Consumers have reported being told they will receive their pre-ordered iPhone 4 by 4:30 pm on 24 June.

A number of customers have updated their Twitter accounts to say they have received shipment e-mails from Apple, stating the expected delivery date.

Some consumers even claim to have received notification from Apple that their iPhone 4 will be delivered as early as 23 June - a day before the device is due to arrive in retail stores in the United States and the UK.

The reports come amid news that Apple and AT&T have been contacting some customers to say that their iPhone 4 pre-orders have been cancelled, due to incomplete authorisation processes and unverified payment details.

Pre-orders for iPhone have exceeded many retailers' initial estimates, according to Apple and AT&T. It is believed that the unexpected demand may have led to delays in some quarters.

Apple has reported receiving about 600,000 advance orders for the new device.

Désiré Athow

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.