Apple said it was the biggest first day of preorders the company had ever had, and there were likely plenty of people disappointed they didn't get a chance to reserve themselves an iPhone. However, some of the folks who thought they were lucky enough to get one are disappointed too. It looks like Apple and AT&T are randomly canceling preorders with no explanation.
Last week there was word that some people were having their preorders canceled by AT&T without any notice. At the time, it was said that this was because some people had accidentally ordered more than one iPhone 4 by clicking submit too many times. However, an increasing number of people are receiving emails and it looks like some of them only ordered one iPhone in the first place.
Gizmodo reports that it has received multiple tips from readers regarding the issue. Despite an email from someone purporting to be an AT&T rep explaining that only extra preorders are being canceled, some readers say that even though they only ordered one phone, only one iPhone 4 showed up on their bill and their contract with AT&T was renewed for two more years, they still received an email to say their order had been canceled.
One reader way down in the comments of the Giz piece says he knows why it's happening. After speaking with both Apple and AT&T (at the same time because he was sick of getting the run around), he discovered that the two are canceling some orders because they've run out of phones.
Still no official word from AT&T or Apple on this but we'll keep your posted.