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Mobile & Wireless

French operators sell fewer iPhone 5s than expected - report

Thursday 18 October 2012 | 09:38 CET | News
French operators' sales of iPhone 5s have been lower than anticipated, writes Les Echos. Orange France was expecting its sales to be 30-50 percent higher than the iPhone 4S last year, but they are at the same level, according to a company source. An SFR insider told the newspaper that the operator did not experience the doubling of sales seen at the world level, with the iPhone 5 selling like the iPhone 4S at its launch. The iPhone 4 and 4S still account for around a third of operators' iPhone sales, with the iPhone 4 now out of stock at Free Mobile. Some operators have also complained of supply problems with the iPhone 5. Although Orange is well served, SFR's supply seems to be insufficient, Bouygues Telecom is having problems obtaining enough and Free Mobile stopped taking orders. One operator said it waits for the precious delivery of iPhone 5s every two weeks, without knowing exactly how many units it will receive or why they are being rationed. Several operators feel that Apple is favouring its own retail network of 13 Apple Stores in France. Nevertheless, the supply is expected to increase in mid-November, according to one source.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Apple / Bouygues Telecom / Free Mobile / Orange France / SFR
Countries: France
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