Optus has sold out of its first pre-order batch of iPhone 5 models, five days after the new smartphone became available, but a new batch will be available in store on Friday.
An Optus spokesperson told CRN the white version of Apple’s new iPhone had proved the most popular, with the 32GB and 64GB models selling out first yesterday and the remainder going today.
Optus is the second telco to sell out of its pre-orders for the iPhone 5, after Telstra announced on Monday its initial stock had been exhausted.
Telstra is yet to confirm availability of a second batch. Vodafone is still offering current customers an upgrade.
Despite the sell out, Optus confirmed it will have more stock in stores for the phone's offical launch this Friday.
The iPhone 5 will be available for purchase at 8am on Friday from all Optus 'Yes' stores around Australia.
Pre-order customers will be able to bypass lines to pick up their devices on the day.
Optus was Australia’s first telco to announce its pricing for the new smartphone.
Optus’ eight plans range from $30 plus an $18 handset repayment fee, which offers $200 of call and SMS credits and 200MB of data a month, to $129 for 4GB and unlimited calls and SMS.
The base $30 plan is the only plan to not include unlimited SMS. All plans are on a 24 month contract.
The iPhone 5 has proven to be Apple’s most successful smartphone launch to date, casting aside criticisms of a lack of innovation.
Apple sold out of its pre-order iPhone 5 in just one hour after it became available on its website on Friday night. It smashed records set by the iPhone 4S by double, booking orders for over two million models.
The overwhelming demand forced Apple to push back its shipment date a week, from September 21 to September 28. It said most phones would be delivered as planned this Friday, the initial first day of shipment.
Related: iPhone 5: Australian buying guide
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