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O2 clients wanting to grab a brand-new iPhone 5S when it goes on sale in the UK on Friday, won’t have the ability to do so from the network’s retail stores around the nation.
Amid reports declaring the Touch ID-enabled gadget will be in seriously short supply, O2 verified it’ll just be available to order in store, over the phone and online from 8am on Friday.
The network tweeted on Thursday afternoon: ‘Nearly # O2iPhone Friday! Get 5c in shop & order 5s online & on phone. No Fives in stores however they’ll purchase for you and say when it’s in.’
In even less positive news, the company stated it doesn’t anticipate to satisfy orders made in store for a massive 3-6 weeks.
It’s the latest blow for O2 clients, who’ll currently be waiting weeks for Apple to authorize the company’s 4G LTE network.
In a statement O2 informed Pocket-Lint: ‘We’ll not have actually 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 clients are in shop they’ll be able to get a demo of the phone and put their order with the assistance of among our store advisers.
‘We prepare for that orders made in our stores for the FIVES will be offered to gather at the shop in 3 to six weeks. The customer will receive a text when their mobile is prepared for collection.’
It’s actually been rumored since Apple launched the device during a keynote address on September 10 that the iPhone 5S would not be as conveniently available as recently.
This was shown by Apple’s unwillingness to provide the iPhone 5S for pre-order prior to the release date, while reports suggesting inadequate yields of the fingerprint sensor tech was at fault.
Sources have actually confirmed to TechRadar that other networks are also struggling for stock, however it appears the very best bet to guarantee you are carrying an iPhone 5S on Friday evening is to sign up with the droves currently at Apple Stores. Tomorrow, at least, guarantees to be more fascinating than typical.