Over the last month we have seen Walmart (USA) low the price of the iPhone 3GS to $99 (on contract) and no longer sell the iPhone 3G. We have seen the Apple Online Store remove the “select” button for the iPhone 3G, preventing users from purchasing the device. We have seen analysts predict that Apple will sell the 16GB iPhone 3GS at $99 alongside the next generation iPhone. We have seen AT&T rumors pointing to a June 2010 release for the next generation iPhone.
Oh, and we’ve even seen the next iPhone! So what’s left to see?
Well, it looks like AT&T this morning wants to add to the overwhelming amount of evidence that the iPhone 3G is gone and a next generation iPhone is imminent.
AT&T apparently sent out an internal company memo to AT&T retail employees notifying them that the company is out of stock of the 8GB iPhone 3G.
June 4, 2010
iPhone 3G 8 GB is Out of Stock
Effective immediately, iPhone 3G 8GB is Out of Stock. Please refer all customers to iPhone 3GS 16 GB and 32 GB models.
Q: When will we receive inventory for iPhone 3G 8GB?
A: At this time, we do not know when more iPhone 3G 8GB will arrive.
Q: Are there any iPhone 3G 8 GB available in COR if my customer can purchase there?
A: Check with your local COR stores to see if they have any inventory available.
The memo seems to be directed at AT&T authorized retailers permitted to carry the iPhone and refers those employees to contact local company-owned retail stores (COR) to check for any remaining stock of the 8GB iPhone 3G.
At this time, none of the Canadian wireless carriers have made any inventory announcements regarding the 8GB iPhone 3G, but it is possible that the Canadian carriers have lots of inventory of the device.
In any case, Apple is expected to introduce the next-generation iPhone at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) beginning next week on Monday June 7, 2010.