Following iPhone 3GS/AT&T activation delays that were in some cases 48 hours long, Apple has allegedly responded with a $US30 "We're sorry" gift that will be good at the iTunes Store on Monday.
Notification came by way of an email, which we've seen from Giz readers as well as around the Net this weekend:
Dear Apple Customer,
Thank you for your recent Apple Store order. We appreciate your patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused by the delay in your iPhone activation.
We are still resolving the issue that was encountered while activating your iPhone with AT&T. Unfortunately, due to system issues and continued high activation volumes, this could take us up to an additional 48 hours to complete.
On Monday, you'll receive an email from Apple with an iTunes Store credit in the amount of $US30. We hope you will enjoy this gift and accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience this delay has caused.
Thank you for choosing Apple.
Sincerely, Apple Online Store Team
So, on the one hand you're going to get $US30 in free stuff from Apple on Monday. On the other hand you could be one of the unlucky saps on the far end of this issue who's about to experience 96 hours without a phone. Worse still, your new iPhone 3GS could be singing to you right now too. [Thanks, Patrick, et al]