We here at Phones Review would like to point out our frustration with the iPhone 5 ridiculous delivery time and contracts being favoured. We have been very busy indeed and that is why we have not had the time to buy our own Apple iPhone 5, so we decided it was time too. Last week we got the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 with ease via O2 UK in Bristol, the reason we have got these phones is simply down to reviewing many aspects as well as many products we are getting sent to us.
Whilst we was in O2 we purchased the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, that was easy and painless, then we asked the O2 store worker for the 32GB iPhone 5 and the reply came back stating they only had the 64GB version. We here at Phones Review wanted the Pay & Go version and even on O2’s website they state, “All stock of iPhone 5 on Pay & Go has been snapped up. Check back later to see when we’ve got some.”
The online O2 store also states that there are no iPhone 5 smartphones on contract either but you can check in-store using there dedicated section where you add your postcode, and yes they do have them in stock here in Bristol. We have asked many readers if they are having trouble getting there iPhone 5 on Pay & Go and they said yes.
Someone we know ordered his iPhone 5 via Vodafone last week and it was delivered to his door yesterday, and yes this was on contract. We decided that O2 was not the place to be so we decided to visit the Apple store, and yet again they have not got any unlocked iPhone 5’s either only contract versions. We just find it a little strange that you can get the iPhone 5 on contract but not Pay & Go, we have pre-ordered ours via the Apple Store online but had an email stating 3 to 4 week delivery with an estimated delivery date between November 24th / 26th. The Apple service is always fantastic but they did ask if we wanted the iPhone 5 unlocked or on contract, we Said “Unlocked Please” they said that they do not have any in stock, which tells us they have them on contract in stock, strange that.
Are you still waiting for your iPhone 5? If so please let us know where you have ordered from and if it is on contract or unlocked. Are we missing something why this is the case, or is it that those wanting these smartphones on contract are more favoured as the carriers get more money in the long run?
Another thing we might add is that Apple sells the 32GB iPhone 5 for £599, but if you decide to use O2 they charge £619, yes that is £20 more, makes sense to shop Apple really. If you shop O2 you have to get a Pay & Go SIM card being it £10 or £20, whereas Apple you can simply get the phone as is.
Hopefully we are not barking up the wrong tree here, but do you agree that it is strange you can go into the Apple store and get contract iPhone 5’s but not unlocked?