19 days after it was initially launched, it still appears Apple have restricted the White iPhone 3G to Apple stores and “brand new customers only”.
There are only 3 official sources for the iPhone 3G in the UK:
1 – Apple
2 – Carphone Warehouse (CPW)
3 – O2
If you are an existing iPhone owner and wish to upgrade you cannot go to an Apple store! All upgrades for current iPhone users have to be done through Carphone Warehouse or O2.
The problem is, Apple have so far not given any stock of the White iPhone 3G to either O2 or CPW. This effectively means that existing iPhone users cannot upgrade to the White iPhone 3G and must, for now at least, settle for the black version.
I’ve made near daily visits and several phone calls to both O2 and Carphone Warehouse trying to confirm a date that they’ll be receiving stock of the White iPhone 3G so that I can upgrade and some of the responses I’ve been getting are shocking:
“oh no sir, there’s no white iPhone only black, you must be confusing it with the iPods?”
“the White iPhone is going to be exclusive to the Carphone Warehouse, O2 won’t have any”
“the White iPhone is going to be for Pay As You Go customers only”
“The White iPhone will launch between October and December along with the PAYG version”
For Pay As You Go customers only!! Don’t talk rubbish, why would a PAYG customer (who’s going to be paying well over the odds for the phone in the first place) be restricted to getting the White one, which is 16GB only? Christmas time? Really? The Apple store has plenty of them in right now.