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iPhone 3G S goes on sale in eight countries

updated 09:45 am EDT, Fri June 19, 2009

iPhone 3G S goes on sale

In early-morning launches at carrier and Apple Stores, the iPhone 3G S has gone on sale in different eight countries, including the likes of the United States, Canada, France and Germany. The most prominent launch so far has been the one at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City, where despite less press coverage and lower publicity from Apple, approximately 200 people waited in line to be some of the first in the US to own a 3G S. The Soho and 14th Street stores in New York bore witness to smaller lineups.

In Italy, roughly 70 people are said to have crowded in front of Rome's Apple Store, despite Apple allowing web orders in the country for the first time. The draw may may be attributable to somewhat cheaper phone prices than from carriers TIM and Vodafone, and the unwillingness of the latter companies to sell without contract, even though Italian iPhones have been unlocked since last year. The white 32GB iPhone is said to have sold out at the Rome Apple Store within 45 minutes.

In London, the lineup is said to have been disappointing at Apple's Regent Street store, with only "a handful" of people queuing up in time for an 8AM opening. Traffic picked up closer to noon. Demand is said to have been greater at an O2 store on Oxford Street, with 45-minute waits, only permitting entrance for iPhone customers.


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by MacNN Staff

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  1. themouse

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    the cost

    I paid $499.00 this morning and I bought my 3G the first day last year. But because I don't have texting added to my plan I wasn't paying $99 and wasn't as eligible as everyone who did and got discount pricing.

    That price surprise - especially after the announcement day $199-$299 statement - could be changing many people's minds.

  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    thanks Apple

    Thanks Apple for showing how it's done.
    I reserved my phone on the Apple website, showed up at the W14th Apple store in Manhattan at 7am (thanks for opening early enough for me to still get to work on time); the line took 2 hours but was calm and orderly thanks to Hector and a few other great Apple staff passing out water, answers and smiles (remind you this is 7am NYC); got surveyed by an Oppenheimer analyst, got to the front door and interviewed with Nina Pineda from Eyewitness News; walked in and was greeted by a specialist - Darren (who's a great guy and bass player); he was so calm and easy to talk with getting my new phone activated was almost an imperceptible process. Next thing I knew I received my first welcome text from AT&T and I was off to work. Not one single thing went wrong the entire 2 hours.

    *sidenote: Apple's seamless integration of their retail/sales operations with the laptops and handhelds in their spacious sunlit converted-warehouse showroom really shines for these moments. Genius.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: the cost

    Well, apparently the cost wasn't that much of a detriment, as you paid it.

    Maybe ATT knows what it is doing in terms of pricing. You charge what the cattle will pay.

  1. zimbardo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    O2 UK Upgrade Offer

    O2 UK is offering early upgrades to existing customers which allows all original (2G) customers to get a potentially free 3GS now.

    iPhone 3G customers will be eligible for the deal as well. I was on an 18 month contract at the iPhone 3G launch, and will be eligible for a discounted or free iphone as early as July 12th.

    All customers with bills averaging 80.00 a month, receive a 6 month early upgrade.
    All customers with bills averaging 50.00 a month, receive a 3 month early upgrade.
    All customers with bills averaging 35.00 a month, receive a 1 month early upgrade.

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