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EE" target="out">iPhone 5S Shortages
Short supply of the latest Apple EE" target="out">iPhone has left mobile networks frustrated and concerned
Several networks said that stock of the latest premium model - the 5S - was severely limited in the UK, and would be likely to cause disappointment.
None of the networks contacted wanted to be identified over worries they could be further disadvantaged when supplies were replenished.
Apple told the BBC it did not comment on stock levels.
However, networks contacted by the BBC pointed out that supplies of the new 5C, a lower-cost phone and newcomer to Apple's range, were plentiful.
Insiders from two of the companies told the BBC they suspected Apple was trying to drive sales of the cheaper 5C model, but that their own figures suggested customers had been hesitant to place orders.
Apple has prevented networks and retailers from allowing customers to pre-order the EE" target="out">iPhone 5S.
The new EE" target="out">iPhone 5S is currently available, with good stock levels, from:
The Carphone Warehouse
News article from BBC Technology News
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