O2 has delayed the release of the 3G iPhone on prepay until Christmas following a huge volume of pre-orders for the device from contract customers.
Customers who registered their interest in the device online received text messages this morning (July 7) alerting them to the pre-order option. O2’s website crashed as it struggled to cope with instant pre-order volumes.
O2 has split pre-order stock between new customers and upgrading O2 customers, and said it sold out of its stock allocation of the 16GB version for new customers within two hours of being made available for pre-order.
It still has both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the 3G iPhone in stock for pre-orders from existing O2 customers, and is guaranteeing delivery by its official launch this Friday (July 11), when it goes on sale in O2, Carphone Warehouse and Apple stores at 8.02am.
An O2 spokesman said: "There has been phenomenal interest in the new 3G iPhone. Our website temporarily crashed with the number of people trying to pre order it."