Apple’s new iPhone sold out online in Britain ahead of its Friday
launch, defying general consumer gloom as the country’s economy
threatened to tip over into its first recession in more than a
Carrier O2 said on Tuesday its website had been unable to cope
with demand, which peaked at 13,000 per second. It later said it
had sold out. Carphone Warehouse said the level of interest was 10
times that for the original iPhone last year.