A bunch of folks are sending in variations on this story saying that AT&T has stopped its online sales of iPhones to anyone in New York City
. This is fueling all sorts of speculation, given that the NYC market was one where there were quite a lot of complaints about congestion problems for iPhone users. Add to that a random AT&T customer service person telling Consumerist "New York is not ready for the iPhone"
, and you've got quite a story. AT&T's initial response (at the first link above) is amazing for its lack of anything resembling an explanation:
"We periodically modify our promotions and distribution channels," said Fletcher Cook, an AT&T spokesman.
Further investigation by some turned up that you can get new iPhones in New York
if you go into stores, or if you are an existing customer looking to upgrade. Plus, it looks like if you order directly from Apple itself, you can buy an iPhone in New York
. So, on the whole this sounds like some sort of inventory management issue that will probably be worked out pretty quickly, rather than some attempt to limit usage of iPhones in New York.