“Gadget lovers worldwide are already camped out ahead of Friday’s global rollout of the new model of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, which is also the first iPhone to go on sale in many countries,” Yuri Kageyama reports for The Associated Press.
“Carrier Softbank Corp., which beat market leader NTT DoCoMo for the right to sell the iPhone in Japan, is planning a countdown ceremony at its flagship downtown store. By late Thursday, a line of nearly 800 iPhone fans snaked around the block, with some sleeping on the streets to ensure they would be among the first customers,” Kageyama reports.
“The iPhone goes on sale there five hours earlier than other nationwide outlets, helping to kick off a global rollout in 22 nations,” Kageyama reports.
“Because of time differences, the new iPhones went on sale first in New Zealand, then Australia. Japan and Hong Kong are to follow. In the United States, phones will be available at 8 a.m. in each time zone,” Kageyama reports.
“The iPhone has sparked similar enthusiasm in Australia,” Kageyama reports. “In downtown Sydney, a few hundred people who had camped outside an Optus telecom store on a cold and windy winter night were treated to free pizza, coffee, massages and entertainment as the clocked inched toward midnight.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “mark” for the heads up.]
The bloodbath is upon us.