Best Buys Halts iPhone 4 Pre-orders

Best Buy followed AT&T’s move and is no longer accepting pre-orders for Apple’s new iPhone 4. The big box retailer said it will honor the pre-orders it has already accepted, but isn’t guaranteeing customers will get their new iPhone on the June 24th launch day.

“Please note that effective immediately Best Buy will no longer be accepting pre-orders for any models of the iPhone 4,” the company said in a statement on its iPhone 4 FAQ Web page.

While AT&T and Best Buy have stopped processing iPhone 4 pre-orders, Apple has pushed its delivery date out to July 14 for all new pre-orders.

Apple and its partners launched their iPhone 4 pre-order programs on June 15 and processed over 600,000 orders that day. The high volume of orders, however, led to server stalls and frustrated customers.

“It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions,” Apple said in a statement. “Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.”

The iPhone 4 is set for a June 24 release date, and most customers that managed to successfully complete the pre-order process on the 15th will receive their new combination iPod and smartphone on launch day.