Apple iPhone 3G S on-line order now due to arrive on Friday 6/19 instead of earlier as UPS had reported

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Update 6/17/09 5:15 PM – A few hours later another e-mail from Apple arrived. It states that they will refund my “express shipping” fee. Okay, I’ll take that money back, but I would have rather had my iPhone two days early. Here’s what Apple had to say:
” To Our Valued Apple Customer:
Thank you for your recent order with Apple.
Our records indicate that when you placed your iPhone 3G S pre-order,
you chose to pay for upgraded shipping.
Apple automatically upgraded all iPhone 3G S pre-orders to the best
shipping method available to ensure delivery on June 19.
Apple will process a refund for the shipping charge on your order within
5 business days, based on your original form of payment. You will
receive an email when the refund has been processed. For information
about when to expect your refund, please visit the Returns & Refunds
section of online Help: <>.
We expect your iPhone to be delivered on June 19, 2009. You can view the
most up-to-date status of your order at <>.
Thank you for shopping at the Apple Online Store.
Apple Online Store Team”
Update 6/17/09 3:06 PM – Another e-mail (make that four e-mails all saying the same thing) from Apple arrived today to say the following: ” To Our Valued Apple Customer: Thank you for your recent order with Apple. Our records indicate that your iPhone 3G S pre-order has shipped. Our carrier’s website may have displayed an incorrect delivery date for your order. However, we expect your iPhone order to be delivered on time on June 19, 2009.”
Update 6/17/09 – More info has been added to my UPS tracking. UPS now states that the package is now in a state of “exception” and that “THE RECEIVER REQUESTED A HOLD FOR A FUTURE DELIVERY DATE. UPS WILL ATTEMPT DELIVERY ON DATE REQUESTED”. I called UPS and they said it is on target for delivery tomorrow (Thursday 6/18/09) pending U.S. Customs clearance. Needless to say, I did not request it be delivered at a later date. I was really hoping for today, but it looks like it will be tomorrow.

Update 6/16/09 10:06 PM – So it appears UPS has updated my tracking info to take away the enticing part about “Your package is on time with a scheduled delivery date of 06/17/2009”. That’s either a sad fact of a huge shipment of iPhones making their way through U.S. Customs in Anchorage, Alaska, or someone is raining on my party. See updated UPS tracking info from UPS below:

I ordered my new iPhone 3G S via Apple’s website shortly after WWDC 2009 ended. I figured that going the online route would save me from camping out for one, and perhaps maybe protect my order in case the Apple Store sold out early (it’s happened before). The Blogosphere is reporting that AT&T is already sold out of the units available for advance orders.
I got an e-mail note from Apple late yesterday telling me that my iPhone had shipped. I figured that they would have it timed to arrive here on Friday. When I ordered it I paid an extra $16. for “Express Shipping” hoping that would speed my results. When I checked the UPS tracking number Apple provided (in yesterday’s e-mail), it states that my iPhone will be here Wednesday 6/17. It was shipped directly from China.
If my iPhone shows up on Wednesday as promised, I’ll be sure to post the unboxing here then.

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