UK walk in availability tomorrow. The facts.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kaidan, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Kaidan macrumors member

    Kaidan

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    Speaking to numerous sources in various telecommunication companies (non Apple) the great news is that if you've pre-ordered you will be guaranteed a handset around the dates you were told. The iPhone 5 has been a phenomenal sales success story and demand had meant that you will not be able to queue outside non Apple stores early to pick one up. All stock delivered to stores has been to fulfil pre-orders. By all means try but just don't be too disappointed. If it was me I'd head to Apple directly as soon as possible. Even staff have been amazed by this shortage. Just to pass on my thoughts.
     
  2. c14nhl macrumors 6502

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    I don't have any insider information here, however I did contact all of my local O2 stores who were able to confirm there will be stock available for in store purchases tomorrow morning.
     
  3. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    As we all know (and have read here over the past week) "telecommunication companies" in the UK are very unreliable......namely because of their ill informed under educated employees....I would take this information with a pinch of salt, as my local O2 said they will have "some" leftover on launch day to satisfy customers who did not get a chance to order.......so there you go again, another conflicting story....that, when i was being told thought, " how much of this are you actually making up???" I was also told they would not sell any of their handsets on pay n go as they prefer to contract people...same bs, different year! (Glad I ordered through Apple, my partner didn't hence the O2 shop enquiry)
    Facts? Hardly.......there is the website truth and the retail store employee truth - and they don't match up.
     
  4. Kaidan thread starter macrumors member

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    SO after speaking with 8 retail store managers across 3 networks and 1 independent, all say the same thing. Up until today they were expecting available stock to sell on launch day as usual. Internal Communications and store deliveries have shown availability to not be there for walk in sales tomorrow morning. Pre-order stock will be held for between 48hrs and 5 days if not collected (not available tomorrow). Unless the iPhone fairy delivers tonight by non usual delivery methods availability in most retailers excluding Apple is going to be practically non existent to say the least. Unfortunately for the majority the fact is that they won't get one.
     
  5. Sheza macrumors 65816

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    You can't pre-order an iPhone 5 for collection at an Apple Store...
     
  6. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    I think you're confusing "facts" with "not facts"
     
  7. Kaidan thread starter macrumors member

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    How so?

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    I've probably forgotten to mention that I currently work in one of the Network stores and have worked in the past for the others. I've known and worked with some of these guys for over 10 years that I've had the discussions with today. Just felt to share to avoid any disappointment for some tomorrow.
     

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