Why I won't buy an iPhone on Friday

I am very impressed with the specs and reported performance of the iPhone. For weeks, I've been thinking over whether to go buy one.

I am very impressed with the specs and reported performance of the iPhone. For weeks, I've been thinking over whether to go buy one. The catch has always been AT&T, which may be the biggest wireless provider, but not the best. And if you are old enough to remember phone use before 1984, when the old AT&T was broken up, there's still a sour taste in our collective mouths.

So, today, I found the definitive reason not to sign up for the iPhone. AT&T has not prepared well for the iPhone launch. When I used the "Find an AT&T store link" on Apple.com to see where the phones might be in stock, the following error message appeared:

AT&TÂ’s iPhone disconnect

If you can't read it, the URI is "www.wireless.att.com/find-a-store/iphone. And maintenance is in progress. 48 hours before the biggest consumer electronics launch in history and they can't keep their site up. I reloaded the page several times, but the store locator was offline.

I think I'll wait on the iPhone.

UPDATE: The locator came back online after about 10 minutes.