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Rush on iPhones cripples Telekom site, delays deliveries

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Rush on iPhones cripples Telekom site, delays deliveries
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11:39 CEST+02:00
Anyone hoping to buy an iPhone 4 in Germany will have to wait until at least July. A crush of customers trying to pre-order the new model have overwhelmed Apple's German partner Deutsche Telekom.

“The demand was 10 times as high as it was for the debut of the previous 3GS model,” a Deutsche Telekom spokesperson said on Wednesday, the first day for pre-orders. “The rush on the website was enormous.”

At 10 am the company opened its site to orders for the next generation iPhone, but the number of applicants quickly caused a break down.

“In the meantime it's all working again,” the spokesperson added.

Apple reported more than 600,000 orders for the new phone on Wednesday, more than any other previous iPhone introduction. The company apologised after online shops around the world suffered errors due to the number of orders.

Though the first iPhones were scheduled to be delivered beginning on June 24, the California-based company said that many deliveries would be pushed to July 14.

Germans will be the first customers outside the US to receive the much-anticipated phone.

Apple head Steve Jobs presented the new iPhone a week ago, showing off an improved screen, longer battery life, a faster processor and two video cameras on the front and back of the device.

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