Shipping Estimates Improve for iPhone 4…In the U.S.

Even though this only applies to the U.S. online Apple store, this could very well mean the tide is swaying in our favour (that being, those of us who still haven’t got our new iPhone 4). The shipping estimate south of the border has improved from 3 weeks to just 5-7 business days for both the 16GB and 32GB models. Of course, still no white iPhone 4 in sight.

The bad news is, those shipping estimates have not improved in Canada. A quick jaunt over to the Apple.ca store still shows a 3 week shipping estimate but if things are improving for our American friends, maybe it will for us in the near future.

This improvement aligns with analyst predictions late in the summer that supply might start to better meet demand by the end of September. However, it will still be a while before we see 24 hour shipping times (if ever). It took about four months (late August) for the iPad to reach that after being released in April. If we follow that logic, we MIGHT see 24 hour turn-around by December but don’t quote me on that.

Of course, this is for online orders and although there is an obvious correlation to in-store stock and vendor/carrier availability, people have had varied success in getting their hands on the iPhone 4 in significantly less time.

How soon do you think it’ll be before the Canadian shipping estimates drop as well?

[AppleInsider]

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  • Anonymous

    I was predicting the flow of more stock in the first week of October as soon as Apple limited the free case program to September 30. My theory was that Apple was holding stock back as not to have to ship out 1000’s more bumpers and cases. In the last week of Sept. my local Fido store got 3 shipments in 3 days, after only getting 1 a week since launch. I was unlucky and finally got mine on the 1st of October, missed the free bumper by one day.

  • Anonymous

    Give apple a call and complain about the death grip problem and they’ll send you a free case.

  • Owais

    Hi,

    I order my unlocked 16 GB phone on Sept 16th. On Sept 30th the status changed to “Prepared for Shipment” but it didnt ship till Oct 4th due to the weekend. Fedex says I should recieve it by 7th Oct.

    Apple’s website says that the free case is for purchases made up until Sept 30 and you must claim yours within 30 days of purchase. So really if you purchashed one on Sept 30th you should be able to order one till Oct 30th via the iPhone Free Case App?

    So will my purchase date be Sept 16th (Placed order online), Sept 30th (Prepared for Shipment) or Oct 4th (Shiping date with Fedex tracking #)? Can someone tell me if I will qualify for the Free bumper using the iPhone Free Case app or do I need to talk to tech support to get one?

    Thanks!

  • Owais

    For the conspiracy theorist, I have heard that the real reason the Apple stock was in such short supply was not the fear of giving away more free cases but rarher to get fewer returns.

    Since iPhone 4’s were in such high demand and low supply someone who didnt like it due to antenna issue or other problems would rather sell it for more money then they purchased it for on criagslist/kijiji/ebay even as a used phone. That would reduce the returns to apple and hence they can continue to claim that the antenna problem is really not a problem at all.

    Im interested to hear for you all about your thoughts on this conspiracy theory.

    Thanks!

  • Typically the US gets faster shipping times, then it trickles to Canada. With the end of the Bumper program, many have speculated that stocks have “suddenly” appeared. Let the theories begin!

    As for the White iPhone 4…that has become a myth, joining unicorns, gryphons, and minotaurs.

  • Pringle420

    You may be able to phone and get a case as stated below. But as of Sept. 30th the Free Bumper App was removed from the App Store.

  • Chris A.

    I considered writing about that angle but I figured I’d leave the conspiracy theories to you guys.

  • Chris A.

    I considered writing about that angle but I figured I’d leave the conspiracy theories to you guys.

  • Chris A.

    I considered writing about that angle but I figured I’d leave the conspiracy theories to you guys.

  • Sammysoso

    I finally got my 32GB from Rogers last week… Also, Happy to say the Antenna issue does not seem as bad as all the press it was given. Happy with the performance and can’t seem to put it down.

  • Sammysoso

    I finally got my 32GB from Rogers last week… Also, Happy to say the Antenna issue does not seem as bad as all the press it was given. Happy with the performance and can’t seem to put it down.

  • Joyce

    I ordered mine Sept 16. It said it would ship in 3 weeks (Oct 5), but actually shipped 11 days after with an arrival date of Sept 29. And then FedEx was early so I got it on the 28th.
    Three days from China to Vancouver! Impressed with their speed, but it would’ve been faster if they didn’t go from Ontario to Tennessee and back.

  • Joyce

    Edit: Numbers don’t add up.. Ordered on 14, not 16.

  • Joyce

    Edit: Numbers don’t add up.. Ordered on 14, not 16.

  • Joyce

    Edit: Numbers don’t add up.. Ordered on 14, not 16.

  • It is good news for users..Who like the iPhone 4.I am also like this iPhone.Every one about shipping policy matter across the boards.

  • BM

    Yawn (zzzzzz). Don’t care anymore. Got mine today.

    AND IT IS AWESOME!

  • Owais

    @Pringle420: The iPhone 4 Case Program app is still available on iTunes in Canada. May be you are searching iTunes from some other country or quiet possibily speculating without verifying facts.

    Based on the Terms and Conditions of the Case Program I should still be able to order the case for 30 days after I purchase the phone as long as I purchased it on or before Sept 30th. There is no confusion on that, therefore the case program app should be available on iTunes till Oct 30th atleast.

    My question was only if someone can tell me what will apple consider as my purchase date in your opinion?

    1. Sept 16th (Placed order online)
    2. Sept 30th (Prepared for Shipment)
    3. Oct 4th (Shiping date with Fedex tracking #)

    Thanks!

  • Owais

    @Pringle420: The iPhone 4 Case Program app is still available on iTunes in Canada. May be you are searching iTunes from some other country or quiet possibily speculating without verifying facts.

    Based on the Terms and Conditions of the Case Program I should still be able to order the case for 30 days after I purchase the phone as long as I purchased it on or before Sept 30th. There is no confusion on that, therefore the case program app should be available on iTunes till Oct 30th atleast.

    My question was only if someone can tell me what will apple consider as my purchase date in your opinion?

    1. Sept 16th (Placed order online)
    2. Sept 30th (Prepared for Shipment)
    3. Oct 4th (Shiping date with Fedex tracking #)

    Thanks!

  • A. Paris

    I find that here in the East Coast, in Halifax in particular, you can get your hands on an iPhone 4 within 48 hours from the store. In order to do that however, you have to constainly call around as most retailers usually gets new shipments everyday. At the end of the day, it comes down to how bad do you want the iPhone 4.

  • Pringle420

    You are correct. Sorry.

    I downloaded the app, and ordered a bumper. It only asked to confirm my shipping info, and did not ask when I purchased the phone. We shall see if I get a bumper or not.

  • Half_Pint

    Interesting. The Telus Team Web Store also just started carrying the iPhone 4 this week.

  • Owais

    @Pringle420: Thanks for confirming that the Free Case Program app is still on iTunes. Its good to know that you were able to place your order for the bumper. Was the selection still the same? or was it now restricted to the Apple bumper case only? And did they have more color choices for the Apple Bumper case?

    Please update when you can. Ill get my iPhone 4 16GB (Black) delivered later today.

    Thanks!

  • Owais

    @Pringle420: Thanks for confirming that the Free Case Program app is still on iTunes. Its good to know that you were able to place your order for the bumper. Was the selection still the same? or was it now restricted to the Apple bumper case only? And did they have more color choices for the Apple Bumper case?

    Please update when you can. Ill get my iPhone 4 16GB (Black) delivered later today.

    Thanks!

  • Owais

    @Pringle420: Thanks for confirming that the Free Case Program app is still on iTunes. Its good to know that you were able to place your order for the bumper. Was the selection still the same? or was it now restricted to the Apple bumper case only? And did they have more color choices for the Apple Bumper case?

    Please update when you can. Ill get my iPhone 4 16GB (Black) delivered later today.

    Thanks!

  • Owais

    @Pringle420: Thanks for confirming that the Free Case Program app is still on iTunes. Its good to know that you were able to place your order for the bumper. Was the selection still the same? or was it now restricted to the Apple bumper case only? And did they have more color choices for the Apple Bumper case?

    Please update when you can. Ill get my iPhone 4 16GB (Black) delivered later today.

    Thanks!

  • Owais

    @Pringle420: Thanks for confirming that the Free Case Program app is still on iTunes. Its good to know that you were able to place your order for the bumper. Was the selection still the same? or was it now restricted to the Apple bumper case only? And did they have more color choices for the Apple Bumper case?

    Please update when you can. Ill get my iPhone 4 16GB (Black) delivered later today.

    Thanks!

  • Owais

    @Pringle420: Thanks for confirming that the Free Case Program app is still on iTunes. Its good to know that you were able to place your order for the bumper. Was the selection still the same? or was it now restricted to the Apple bumper case only? And did they have more color choices for the Apple Bumper case?

    Please update when you can. Ill get my iPhone 4 16GB (Black) delivered later today.

    Thanks!