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.