The iPhone 5 is proving to be a very popular device on Sprint – on the east coast, in any case. A Sprint spokesperson recently said that the carrier is already struggling to meet demand for the device, which launched at 8 a.m. this morning.
“At this time, the majority of East Coast Sprint-branded retail stores are seriously constrained or sold out of the iPhone 5 inventory provided to us by Apple,” a spokesperson told AllThingsD. “Our stores will be resupplied as soon as additional devices are received from Apple.” Sprint did not say when it expects new shipments in, but those who aren’t able to buy one today can secure one by plopping down $50 for a gift card.
A recent report from comScore suggests that AT&T received the largest onslaught of pre-orders out of any U.S. carriers. ““If we look back at the launch of the iPhone 4S, AT&T led with 48 percent of online sales among the three carriers in the first three days,” the research firm said. “Verizon represented 35 percent of online sales while Sprint, which joined Verizon and AT&T as an official iPhone carrier with the release of the 4S, captured 17 percent.”