AT&T’s melt down might have not just been poor forcasting on their part.  There might have been unexpected, pent up demand.  In Germany, iPhone 4 demand may have been ten times higher than for the iPhone 3GS when it went on pre-sale last year – and things are the same in the US.
AT&T has released the following statement since this report was first created.

“iPhone 4 pre-order sales yesterday were 10-times higher than the first day of pre-ordering for the iPhone 3G S last year. Consumers are clearly excited about iPhone 4, AT&T’s more affordable data plans and our early upgrade pricing.

“Given this unprecedented demand and our current expectations for our iPhone 4 inventory levels when the device is available June 24, we’re suspending pre-ordering today in order to fulfill the orders we’ve already received.

“The availability of additional inventory will determine if we can resume taking pre-orders.”

It wasn’t just AT&T that creaked under the strain. Deutsche Telekom faced

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