iPhone 5 in short supply around town

Juneau’s telecommunications companies have sold out or await shipment of the recently released iPhone 5.

AT&T sold out of Apple’s newest smart phone on its September 21 release date. The company has only one iPhone 5 left in its Juneau store and it is used for hands-on testing only. Customers can order an iPhone 5 with a two-to three-week waiting period, but the store expects to receive more phones to sell in-store next month.

Staff at Alaska Communications Lemon Creek store and call-center had not yet received word on when to expect shipment of the iPhone 5.

GCI spokesperson David Morris said nationwide demand has tightened the availability of Apple’s phone.

Therefore “we expect an extremely limited quantity to be available on [Friday],” Morris said. “We have postponed our midnight store opening events.”

GCI has storefronts downtown and near the airport.

Customers registered online at www.gci.com will have their requests handled, first-come-first-serve, as inventory arrives, Morris said.

Depending on the carrier and contract and data plan a customer selects, iPhone 5 phones can run $150-$199 for the 16GB model, $250-$199 for 32GB, or $350-$399 for the 64GB model.

A slew of Apple competitors are releasing flagship smart phones in the next several months. Nokia plans to release its Windows 8 Lumina 920 soon with HTC’s Windows Phone 8 around the same time. Samsung has announced an early 2013 release of the successor to its popular Galaxy SIII. LG announced a U.S. release for its flagship Android phone Optimus G for November.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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