The iPhone's on eBay already

Apple and AT&T won't introduce the iPhone until June, but a few sellers on eBay have units up for presale, promising the product will ship within 30 days.

Apple won't say exactly when the iPhone will arrive, and you won't find it in any of AT&T's wireless stores, but eBay sellers are taking orders.

Several eBay sellers are already offering presales of iPhones. Apple

Apple's 8GB iPhone is available from several eBay sellers who promise to ship the coveted phone within 30 days of the date the item is purchased or when the listing ends, in line with eBay's policies on pre-sale listings. The iPhones went up for sale over the weekend, and several auctions are ending today with winning bids around $1,000--well over the starting prices of $499 and $599. Thirty days from today is June 13, smack in the middle of Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference.

The sellers, however, are going beyond that in promising that they'll have iPhones from within 30 days of the start of the auctions, which was May 11 for the earliest ones, notes Apple 2.0. That's June 11, the same day CEO Steve Jobs is expected to address developers gathered for the annual conference in San Francisco.

All Apple has said on the matter is "late June," but some fans might not want to bother standing in the inevitable line outside major Apple stores during the first days the device becomes available.

One potential obstacle to the eBay sales? The Federal Communications Commission has yet to formally approve the iPhone. "This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained," according to the fine print on Apple's iPhone page.

UPDATED -- The auctions listed above were removed from eBay later in the day. A call to eBay's public relations department inquiring why the auctions were removed was not returned.

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