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Apple iPhone 5 stock dwindles around the world, unless you want Sprint

Published Oct 1st, 2012 9:35AM EDT

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iPhone 5 Sales Sprint

Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 demand is still off the charts, with most Apple stores around the world still out of stock. In fact, we’ve checked multiple carrier locations in the United States since launch and none have even received new shipments of the iPhone 5 yet. Your best bet is still at an Apple store, but you’ll quickly find that any available iPhone 5’s will most likely be for Sprint and Sprint only.

Even with the only true unlimited data plan, Sprint’s (S) the least desirable option when looking for an iPhone and this certainly applies to the iPhone 5, but it’s still surprising that there are even Sprint iPhone 5’s sprinkled around the countries’ Apple stores. While the Verizon and Sprint model are identical as far as hardware — they are also the same model phone that is sold outside of the United States — they can’t be used on each other’s networks unfortunately. Apple’s online store is still quoting a 3-4 week delivery timeframe for iPhone 5 orders placed today.

Jonathan S. Geller
Jonathan Geller Founder, President & Editor-in-chief

Jonathan S. Geller founded Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, in 2006. It became the biggest mobile news destination in the world by the end of 2009, and BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010.

Jonathan is President of BGR Media, LLC., and Editor-in-chief of the BGR website.

What started as a side project at the age of 16, quickly transpired into 24-hour days and nights of sharing exclusive and breaking news about the mobile communications industry. BGR now reaches up to 100 million readers a month through the website, syndication partners, and additional channels.