UK MOBILE OPERATOR O2 might not have stock of the iPhone 5S until November.
O2 announced news of its stock shortage on Twitter on Thursday, revealing that the iPhone 5S won't be available in-store, with buyers instead having to request for a handset to be ordered.
O2 has since revealed that those who order a handset might not receive the phone until as late as November, and the firm said that delivery could take three to six weeks.
Nearly #O2iPhone Friday! Get 5c instore & order 5s online & on phone. No 5s in stores but they'll order for you and say when it's in.— O2 in the UK (@O2) September 19, 2013
O2 said in a statement, "We won't have iPhone 5S stock in stores to sell but customers will be able to place their order with us in store. They can also order online or over the phone. If customers are in store they'll be able to get a demo of the phone and place their order with the help of one of our store advisers.
"We anticipate that orders made in our stores for the 5S will be available to collect at the store in three to six weeks. The customer will receive a text when their handset is ready for collection."
O2's website is also showing delivery times of between three to six weeks. The 16GB iPhone 5S gold model has already sold out on the website, but the mobile network, oddly, has stock of all "Space Grey" models.
Although not explicitly mentioned, this stock delay is likely linked to the fact that O2 won't offer the iPhone 5S on 4G until it rolls out a software update. The INQUIRER has heard that that this is because the operator did not carry out sufficient testing before the handset's launch, so it could be that Apple is withholding stock from the carrier. This, of course, is just speculation.
However, it also follows speculation that Apple's iPhone 5S is in short supply, although there didn't seem to be any shortage of stock at Apple's flagship London store on Friday morning. µ
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