- 7 Jul 08, 16:31 GMT
We've been contacted by a couple of people who tell us that O2's launch this morning of iPhone 3G pre-ordering was a bit of a shambles. First, the O2 website crashed, then after a few hours the entire stock was sold out.
"The website... seems not to have been tested or designed well at all," said one correspondent, "so a lot of people are frustrated... disappointed."
"It was an absolute shambles, I've never seen anything handled so badly in my life," said another.
A quick call to O2 brought this admission: "We did have a few problems with the site - due to demand." Apparently, the 16GB version went first, but by lunchtime the 8GB had gone too.
Of course there will be plenty in the shops on Friday. O2 won't say how many iPhones were made available for pre-ordering. Is it too cynical to wonder whether it was just enough to ensure a wobbly website, a quick sell-out and a heightened sense of anticipation?
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