iPhone 5 pre-order starts in Germany, UK envious

By Gary Johnson - Sep 5, 2011

Despite the evidence growing that the next iPhone release date is growing closer we still do not have a definite date for the device. In recent weeks we have seen alleged parts for the device emerging, and the news the next version of the iOS software is nearing completion. Even though a date is not known iPhone 5 pre-orders starts in Germany, with consumers in the UK envious.

At present we don’t know any confirmed details about the new iPhone, but that hasn’t stopped Germany’s Deutsche Telekom beginning taking preorders for the device from customers. According to AppleInsider via Bloomberg customers can now reserve the handset, and Deutsche Telekom has started now to avoid a mad rush when the handset finally does get released.

Customers who decide to sign up now for the iPhone 5 will be given a coupon for the device when it goes on sale. The carrier is like most other people outside of Apple and doesn’t know any details of the device including its name, specifications, and more importantly when it will be launched.

Other information about the offer has been learnt via Google Translate, and the reservation process is not currently being advertised. You will also not see it on the carrier’s online store as users have to go to one of the retail stores the carrier has. This is where they will be given a ‘premiere ticket’.

It is a first come first served system and customers are only allowed one ticket each. When the handset is released in the country it will be the first time the carrier has not had the iPhone as an exclusive device at launch. Last October both O2 and Vodafone started selling the iPhone to their customers.

It is looking more likely we will see the iPhone 5 during October, and last time round the iPhone 4 went on sale in the US first as well as Germany, France, Japan, and the UK. We will have to wait and see if other carriers follow suit and start preorders for the iPhone 5 early.

Are you surprised that Deutsche Telekom has started preorders already for the iPhone 5?

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