It may be hum drum, but Aussie appetite for the iPhone 5 is still voracious, as Telstra sells out within hours.
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Telstra sold out of the iPhone 5 in just 18 hours after the pre-orders kicked off on Friday 5:30 pm, marking a new sales record for the telco.
“Tens of thousands pre-registered interest in the new Apple and we sold out within two working says “smashing all Telstra previous online sales records, even the iPhone 4S which also sold out within a few days.
A spokesperson told SmartHouse they are “thrilled” with huge demand for the iPhone 5, which “exceeded all expectations.”
The 4″ screen, 4G-enabled, thinner, longer iPhone 5 has features Android devices have had for some time, was announced by Apple with much fanfare last week, which many are slamming as mundane.
The telco released their pricing plans for the new i5 on Friday, and are flogging four plans (S, M, L, XL) for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5.
Telstra’s S 16GB iPhone 5 plan starts at $67 per month ($600 call, unlimited txt and 1GB data) and also comes in $80, $100 and the top end $120 deals.
Further up the scale, the 32GB iPhone 5 on Telstra’s S starts at $71 (with the same allowances as the 16GB plan) but if you want a massive data allowance you will pay $132 for XL deal which gives unlimited talk, text and 3GB data.
The 64GB iPhone 5 S plan starts at $77 per month.
With no more devices in stock, consumers are currently unable to pre-order the device online.
A Telstra spokesperson said it is currently reviewing how to feed consumers huge hunger for the new 4G smartie but was “pleased” customers are embracing its online store with such aplomb.
“Our online pre-order has been very popular and for the moment, we’re out of stock. We’re working on getting more in,” according to Telstra’s website.
Vodafone, too, released its plans for i5, which starts at $6 a month on the $60 Plan ($700 value, infinite calls on 3/Vodafone’s network, infinite text standard and international and 1GB of data.)
A Vodafone spokesperson also confirmed demand is “strong” and will know more precise sales figures later today.
Optus are also riding high on i5 demand and are already sold out of the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 on pre-orders, with pricing plans starting at $30 (+$18 handset repayment), $60 (+$6) and $80, revealed Friday afternoon.