Multiple sources are claiming that Deutsche Telekom, the German carrier that owns T-Mobile, is offering reservations to customers for the as yet unreleased iPhone 5. According to Bloomberg, a Deutsche Telekom customer can “expressly request the successor model to the iPhone 4, without providing the name or release details of the device.”
Apparently this unusual pre-order method is being done in an attempt to combat the pre-order shortages and issues that plagued customers when the iPhone 4 was released. Though, that doesn’t mean the carrier is flaunting it. Overall this pre-pre-order is being kept pretty low profile, with no ads in retail or online stores. In other words, it’s a word-of-mouth thing… or, it was until the internet found out about it.
I assume Apple probably won’t be too happy about this, which is why Deutsche Telekom was trying to keep it quite. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how the company responds now that the news is out there.
What do you guys think about this? Will Apple let this fly, or do you think it’ll put a stop to it? And, if any of our readers are German, have you taken advantage of this deal yet? If not, I’d hurry up. This definitely won’t last for long.