updated 03:05 am EDT, Wed July 9, 2008
iPhone line forms in Japan
While the first iPhone 3G lineup began at Apple's flagship NYC store, people are already lining up in Japan at the Softbank flagship store in "Tokyo's Fifth Avenue", Omotesandou street where the iPhone will be "available extra-early in this particular store on July 11th, 7 am (July 10th, 6pm EST)," CrunchGear notes. "And the man you can see in the video, Hiroyuki Sano, will be the first person in Asia to lay his hands on the 3G iPhone (assuming stores in Hong Kong will open later in the day). I shot the video and the pictures just now, in the middle of the night (July 8th, 2pm EST). This means Hiroyuki and the 15 people waiting with him must suffer for another 52 hours from Tokyo's tropical heat."
The report notes that the college-going Sano will turn 25 on July 11th and took off school for four days to lineup early; he travelled 230 miles from his hometown Nagoya to Tokyo and paid more for the travel than he will need for the iPhone itself ($213), CrunchGear wrote.
Photo courtesy of CrunchGear