The 3G iPhone hype is already pretty red hot and at this time nobody really questions that the 3G iPhone will become available in June/July timeframe. Wouldn't it be very, very disappointing if it does not ship that early? Today I was at a T-Mobile shop in Munich, Germany. When I mentioned the 3G iPhone is coming in June, the sales person said right away no it is coming in early 2009 in Germany.
She further said that Apple would announce the 3G iPhone in June, but it would be available in the United States earliest in Fall and then a couple of months later in Germany, which would be 2009 by then.
The way she said it, it sounded like a dictated standard answer from T-Mobile HQ. Afterall T-Mobile is selling the iPhone at the killer price of 99 Euro in Germany right now. O2 in the UK is sold out and the iPhone is not available on the Apple Store.
Adding that up, it could mean that T-Mobile is sitting on a pile of unsold iPhones. What speaks against that is that this T-Mobile shop I was at is getting new iPhone stock, as they were out of stock last week. Where are these iPhones coming from? Are they shipped from Apple, or from some T-Mobile warehouse?