This one has us scratching our heads. When attempting to order the iPhone for zip codes in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities, everything seems perfectly fine. However, NYC zip codes, more specifically Brooklyn, removes the iPhone as an option for online sales. We called several stores in the NYC area, including one in Brooklyn, and the sales reps said stock was perfectly fine. So we chatted up online sales and they told us it wasn’t available in that area and, as noted by the image below, they couldn’t tell us why:
Consumerist has a slightly different twist in this story — the rep they spoke with said it’s because NYC isn’t ready for the iPhone. That’s fine and most New Yorkers would agree, but that doesn’t explain the sufficient stock available in stores throughout that area. One Consumerist reader wrote a comment saying that “Due to massive fraud in online ordering, iPhones are not available online only.” Now that is definitely interesting, but you can order an iPhone online if you have a non-NYC zip code. We’re digging deep and trying to sort this one out for you guys and we’ll definitely bring the updates as they come.