FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks is still waiting on additional shipments of the newly released iPhone 5, which Apple launched Sept. 21 but quickly ran out of.
Just three days after the release, Apple reached a new record of 5 million sales, drying up its supply. Pre-orders made in Alaska through GCI and AT&T will be fulfilled when Apple sends more phones, company representatives said. This is an issue retailers worldwide are facing.
“The disappointing thing is we have no idea how many we would have sold had the supplies been there,” GCI Vice President David Morris said.
The company was forced to delay its midnight store opening, scheduled for Friday night, and is waiting to reschedule pending sufficient inventory. GCI received fewer than 1,000 phones and still has plenty of customers anxiously waiting.
“I think a lot of folks were just really wanting that device,” Morris said, “but there’s not one thing we could have done better to get the phones here.”
Jonathon Perkins, AT&T’s assistant manager at its Old Steese Highway branch in Fairbanks, said AT&T also is sold out. It has received one shipment of fewer than 100 phones and is expecting more in two to three weeks.
Alaska Communications has yet to announce when it will have the iPhone 5 available.
“We are working with Apple and look forward to sharing more information with our customers in the future,” said Heather Cavanaugh, director of corporate communications for AC. She added that the Samsung Galaxy III and the Samsung Note are available for preorder.
The iPhone 5 features a larger screen, slimmer body and is lighter than previous versions. The phone runs between $149 and $399, depending on model, provider, contract and data plan.
Sarah Richards is a University of Alaska journalism student who is an intern at the Daily News-Miner.