Germany’s giant operator ventures while not having a clue about the hardware
Deutsche Telekom-owned wireless operator T-Mobile has announced reservations for Apple’s as-of-yet unreleased iPhone 5. The carrier is issuing support tickets to those who are putting off their purchase of an iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS, reports say.Deutsche Telekom AG is a telecommunications company headquartered in Bonn, Germany.
As the largest company of its kind in Europe, Deutsche Telekom was formed in 1996 when the former state-owned monopoly Deutsche Bundespost was privatized.
The German government holds a 15% stake in company stock directly as of June 2008. Another 17% is owned through the government's bank, KfW.
Deutsche Telekom has various subsidiaries, including T-Mobile.
The coupons the carrier is now distributing will ensure customer eligibility for claiming Apple’s next-gen smartphone when it’s made physically available.
It will be done on a first-come-first-served basis. Clients must contact sales representatives in a brick-and-mortar store owned by Deutsche Telekom in order to reserve a ticket.
Alternately, they can call up customer support, according to reports.
Following such rumors, a Deutsche Telekom AG spokesperson talked to the press and confirmed their initiative.
Reportedly, the German wireless operator is expecting supply bottlenecks for the fifth-generation iPhone.
Spokesman Alexander von Schmettow also said they will give coupons to those who expressly request the successor the current-generation hardware (iPhone 4).
It is unclear whether Apple plans to launch a single new iPhone model this year, or two (including a cheaper one), as many analysts have speculated.
An iPhone 4S acting as an incremental upgrade of the current hardware is widely expected to arrive alongside the more beefed-up, fully fledged fifth-generation iPhone this fall.
Some, however, believe Apple only plans to launch an iPhone 4S, not an iPhone 5 as well.