Du reacts to iPhone shortage in UAE
Says Apple is unable to keep up with demand as stocks get snapped up
UAE telco du has admitted there's a shortage of iPhone 3GS smartphones in the country in the run-up to Christmas and revealed that makers of the popular smartphone are unable to meet demand.
The issue first came to light when The National reported on the situation, which has been made worse by customers buying dozens of the devices at a time.
A spokesman for Etisalat told the paper that iPhones were being sent daily to stores across the UAE, while du has publicly apologised for the lack of sufficient supply on Twitter and said that Apple is unable to keep up with demand for the device.
"Even though we're getting more stock almost every week, they're flying out very quickly....we're trying to get more supply of the iPhone 3GS, but Apple is unable to make enough iPhone 3GS's to meet demand," wrote @dutweets, which is the telco's official Twitter account.
A 32GB iPhone 3GS costs about AED 2,800 from both Etisalat and du and comes packed with features including a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus and video recording functionality, voice control and a compass.
According to du's latest update, fresh stock of the phone is now available for order through their e-shop.