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Carphone sees x10 interest in iPhone pre-registrations

If you’ve been reading Ben’s tale of woe trying to register to get a 3G iPhone from o2, earlier, then this piece of news is, as Kylie used to sing, especially for you.

Carphone Warehouse, the nation’s behemoth mobile phone retailer, is ready and waiting to take your orders online, right now at www.carphonewarehouse.com/iphone.

If, incidentally, you’d like to pick up an iPhone in person, no trouble. Head along to your local store this coming Friday at precisely 8.02am (did you see what they did there? Nice!) and they’ll be ready to help.

In fact, I’m going to see if we can place our very own contributor (and he with the RFID chip in his arm) Dan Lane in a Carphone Warehouse store for the morning of Friday 11th to cover the shenanigans.

You’d do well to get in there early and place your order online — Carphone are reporting a ten-fold increase in pre-registrations over the old iPhone launch last year. Exciting times.

o2, Carphone and Apple will, of course, be doing their best to hook in the zealot mobile fanboys and girls with 18 month contracts. A little while later — just in time for Christmas — expect to be able to get hold of an iPhone on a Pay As You Go basis. Good policy this, from the point of view of the fanboys who’ll be able to lord it over everyone for a good few months before the great unwashed consider grabbing hold of one.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

18 replies on “Carphone sees x10 interest in iPhone pre-registrations”

Hmm. I'm not seeing any online order option at the CPW site. Once this is live, I hope you'll be able to buy online and pick up instore on Friday – that'd be brilliant. There's just 28 minutes from 8:02 til when I've got to bein work, 2 miles from the Carphone Warehouse store. Tight timing in the extreme… I'll try to do a Qik video of the queue outside (if there is one).

CPW is miles better than O2 this morning. Just preordered a 16GB iPhone to collect in store on Friday morning. Excellent – no messing around with deliveries.

Oh, I spoke too soon again. Just got this email:

Thank you for ordering with http://www.carphonewarehouse.com.

We have now processed it through our secure systems, but are unable to despatch the item to you for security reasons. This order has now been cancelled.

If you still wish to make a purchase please call 0870 087 0870.

What? What does that even mean? The phoneline's engaged too.

Looks like some sort of error at their end. Waiting for someone to call me back. Whatever's caused it means I probably won't get an iPhone 3G at launch now. Grrr.

Looks like some sort of error at their end. Waiting for someone to call me back. Whatever's caused it means I probably won't get an iPhone 3G at launch now. Grrr.

Hmm. I'm not seeing any online order option at the CPW site. Once this is live, I hope you'll be able to buy online and pick up instore on Friday – that'd be brilliant. There's just 28 minutes from 8:02 til when I've got to bein work, 2 miles from the Carphone Warehouse store. Tight timing in the extreme… I'll try to do a Qik video of the queue outside (if there is one).

CPW is miles better than O2 this morning. Just preordered a 16GB iPhone to collect in store on Friday morning. Excellent – no messing around with deliveries.

Oh, I spoke too soon again. Just got this email:

Thank you for ordering with http://www.carphonewarehouse.com.

We have now processed it through our secure systems, but are unable to despatch the item to you for security reasons. This order has now been cancelled.

If you still wish to make a purchase please call 0870 087 0870.

What? What does that even mean? The phoneline's engaged too.

Looks like some sort of error at their end. Waiting for someone to call me back. Whatever's caused it means I probably won't get an iPhone 3G at launch now. Grrr.

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