Some iPhone 4 orders prepared to ship, others getting cancelled?

Good news and bad news time -- readers are letting us know they're starting to get their "prepared for shipment" notifications from Apple, but others are getting order cancelations.

You can see the prepared for shipment notice up top. The cancelation is after the break and appears linked to a failure to authorize. There's a theory going around that this has to do with people who, during the great order frak-up of 2010, ended up hitting the "submit" button multiple times, and these are just the extra phones being cancelled, but who knows at this point?

If you've gotten an notification from Apple or AT&T, let us know in the comments.

[Thanks to everyone who sent these in, including Darren and David. Additional info via Gizmodo]

"Dear Customer,We were unable to complete the authorization process for your iPhone order. As a result, we had to cancel your iPhone order. To complete the purchase of your iPhone, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an AT&T company-owned retail store.To locate an Apple Retail Store near you, please visit apologize for this inconvenience.Sincerely,Apple Online Store Team

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