AT&T has stopped selling iPhones to New Yorkers from its Web site, for unclear reasons.
The company hasn't explained the suspension, which started a few days ago. It said Monday that it periodically "modifies" its distribution channels.
On AT&T Inc.'s Web site, buyers who supply New York City ZIP codes are told to "Please shop for another phone."
AT&T has acknowledged that its data network is overburdened with iPhone users in New York and San Francisco, sparking online speculation that the sales suspension is a means of managing traffic.
However, because the phones are still available in New York retail stores and from Apple Inc.'s Web site, the ban could instead be a way to curb fraudsters who buy phones and sell them on, reneging on the service contracts.
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