Deutsche Telekom Begins iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Pre-Announcement
The "offer" is not being widely publicized, nor is it available on the carrier's site. Instead customers need to go to a brick-and-mortar store in order to "sign up" for a pre-order.
Once there, store employees will give the customer a "premiere ticket," which can be redeemed for a pre-order for the iPhone 5. The coupon does not mention either date, details of the device, or even its name. It's unclear, as of yet, if the device will be dubbed the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, or something different.
Despite DT's statement about possible supply shortfalls, there's another reason for the early pre-orders: this next-generation iPhone will be that Deutsche Telekom will not have exclusivity over the iPhone in Germany at launch. Vodafone and O2 began selling the iPhone last October.
Additionally, since the deal for its T-Mobile USA acquisition by AT&T seems teetering, it certainly can't hurt DT to get a leg up on its German rivals.