While iPhone 4S pre-orders in the US seem to be working just fine, international demand for the 4S has caused Apple to push back the shipping estimate for the 4S to 1-2 weeks. Instead of the assured delivery date on October 14th that Apple originally promised, shipping estimates for the 4S have slipped to a more uncertain delivery date for international customers.

Apple stores in countries like Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and Australia have all had shipping dates pushed back already. The iPhone 4S became available for pre-order after 12AM this morning…

The 4S was supposed to be available for pre-order at 12:01AM PST on Friday, but Apple’s online store and carrier pre-order pages took nearly an hour to become fully operational. Like most iPhone pre-order launches, huge amounts of traffic began to hit Apple’s website at once throughout the night. Traffic bottlenecks on both Apple.com and carrier websites blocked many customers from completing their pre-orders.

Within 4 hours of the pre-order floodgates opening internationally, shipping estimates for the 4S got pushed back to 1-2 weeks.

MacRumors reports:

“Apple eventually shut down its iPhone pre-order system for a brief period of time, bringing it back up to issue reservations that would allow users to return later to verify eligibility and select their service plans. Apple has begun notifying users who placed early reservations that they may now return to apple.com to complete their orders, and that they must complete the process by 5:00 PM Pacific Time tomorrow in order maintain their priority order status.”

Customers that wish to buy an unlocked GSM iPhone 4S have to wait until November.

Have you had trouble pre-order an iPhone 4S in one of Apple’s international stores? Let us know what the experience was like for you in the comments below.

  • iamlynda

    I ordered mine with Bell via the phone ~ went very smoothly. They said I’ll be able to p/u at my location (Edmonton) on the 15th – I hope this doesn’t change!!

  • Zahaan

    I tried to order my iPhone 4S today and they told me that it would be shipped in 2-3weeks and IM IN THE US!!
    Soo its not fine here

  • Francesco

    Sprint delivery 14-15 but hope it doesn’t change and I hope it comes Friday 🙂 not saturday

  • Siony doors

    Apple uk was not operational for about 50 mins,after trying to order over the phone, on my iPad 2 and iPhone 4 all at the same time I eventually secured my iPhone 4s after an hour. I still think apple should launch pre orders first for loyal customers then the wider public.

  • Siony doors

    I still have delivery date of the 14 th

  • Mitch_Spartan

    I ordered mine just after 10am and I had an email saying the phone would arrive on 14th October. It’s a sim free 32gb White version.

  • Danny Walls

    I ordered my white 16GB 4S on the German Telekom website and it said ‘In Stock’ at the confirmatory page. Delivery will be on the 14th though.

  • Just double checked my order and it’s still saying will be shipped by 14th, I ordered online at 3:45am est. In Canada.

  • zYx

    My unlocked 64GB iPhone 4S will be delivered on 21-28 October 😛 no need to wait till November.

  • marz

    Woww where did u get that unlocked iphone4s? Can australian customer order the unlocked iphone4s from us?

  • Jj

    I fell asleep waiting for 2:01 central time. And woke up at 3:24 placed my order via ipad2 apple store. Went smooth no problems
    at all. Not even slow. Took Less than
    40 seconds. Be here on the 14th. Yaaaa!

  • Carl

    I purchased mine it uk 10 o’clock gmt and went smooth and my date says ships October the 14.

  • Greensprout

    Orange in the UK said ‘within 30 days’ when I ordered mine.

  • Damion

    Orange UK told me this morning (saturday) Mine will be with me on the 14th october as im in the first batch to be delivered. I went for the white 16gb version and they said they had less demand for the white iphone

  • Paul B Reyes

    l pre-ordered mine ,,,thursday at midnight 32GB white…l have the confirmation,,order and location numbers,,,so lm good to go…l have a feeling they will notify this wednesday,,,

  • rich

    laaaaaame pre order usually meens u get it on time or before others….