AT&T Suspends Online iPhone 4 Pre-orders

AT&T has stopped accepting iPhone 4 pre-orders through its Web site as of Wednesday morning, and is now presenting customers with a dialog stating “Pre-orders for iPhone temporarily suspended.”

The temporary shutdown comes a day after iPhone 4 pre-sales kicked off to a rocky start. Customers hoping to pre-order the new iPhone for launch-day delivery on June 24 were hampered by stalled servers on Tuesday that prevented many people from completing their orders.

No iPhone pre-orders at AT&T

While AT&T may have stopped its online pre-order program, Apple is still accepting pre-orders. Apple, however, has changed the deliver date for new orders from June 24 to July 2.

iPhone 4 buyers dealt with frustration on Tuesday when the order process stalled out for what appeared to be AT&T server-related issues. Based on the number of people attempting to complete the pre-order process, it appeared that AT&T’s servers couldn’t keep up.

Apple introduced the iPhone 4 during Steve Jobs’s keynote presentation at the company’s World Wide Developer Conference on June 7 with the promise that the company would begin accepting pre-orders on the 15th for the June 24 release.

The new iPhone sports a redesigned form factor that’s almost 25 percent thinner than the iPhone 3GS, a higher resolution multi-touch display, a 5 megapixel camera capable of capturing 720p HD video, an LED flash, a front-facing camera for video calls, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a built-in gyroscope and digital compass, Apple’s A4 processor, and more. The 16GB iPhone 4 is priced at US$199, and the 32GB model costs $299.

AT&T declined to comment on Tuesday when The Mac Observer asked if the company was experiencing iPhone 4 order-related server issues.