iPhone 3GS shortage appears over

Kathryn Edwards, Computerworld Australia
16 November, 2009
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Despite a shortage earlier this year, Australia’s major telcos have said they may have enough iPhones in time for Christmas.

Earlier this year, stocks of Apple’s iPhone 3GS were exhausted across Australia, with the vendor admitting it was unable to make enough devices to meet demand.

The iPhone 3GS launched in Australia on June 26, and has since spurred domestic smartphone shipments up 29 percent.

In response to Computerworld’s inquiries, a Telstra spokesperson indicated the company has the iPhone 3GS in stock, but did not elaborate on how many were on hand or possible shipping times. An “out of stock” message which appeared back in August on Telstra’s Website has now been removed.

An Optus spokesperson said there is stock for online orders, but urges shoppers to check with their local store before heading in. It too has removed any “out of stock” disclaimers from its Website.

The Vodafone Website sill carries the disclaimer: “Due to high demand stock is low and orders may be delayed.”

However, a VHA spokesperson said it is continuing to receive deliveries of the iPhone 3GS.

The 3 mobile Website also indicates the iPhone 3GS is in stock despite almost selling out of the phone on the day of its launch.

A spokesperson for Apple confirmed all carriers are continuing to receive shipments.

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