Originally Posted by urbanleopard
It would make sense for Apple to restrict supplies if they had a silent hardware fix in the works.
They are NOT restricting supplies. And there is no hardware fix. This whole antenna issue is blown way out. Even the Consumer Reports article noted that they were only talking about diminished reception in areas where ATT already sucks. Where ATT is great, it really don't do jack.
Also if this was a hardware flaw you'd see mass reports all over the world. There were and haven't been.
The only reason why they are giving out the bumpers is because the media hyped up that that was the perfect solution and it is easier and cheaper to just do it than explain why its more often than not unneeded.
Originally Posted by ghostface147
So why can't Apple do what they did with the 3Gs? They had a link on their site for the retail stores that showed whether the 3Gs was in stock or not. If there is such a link, correct me.
Because it would be a total disaster. You would either have folks pissed off because online said the phone were in stock when they checked at home but there's a huge line and the phones are out by the time they get their turn so they are pissed. Or you'd have to have a way to reserve and then the folks in line would be pissed because suddenly there's not enough.
Apparently they tried some kind of reservation thing for a few weeks but folks weren't coming and getting them, or would call in and say they could make it within the day they had and wanted their phone held because they didn't think they should have to go to the end of the line again etc etc. And then there were walk ins that couldn't get a phone so they finally said to hell with that. closed taking names, cycled through who was in the system and now it's first come period.