Orange pays people to line up for Apple iPhone launch in Poland

“When Apple Inc rolled out its iPhone in the United States, some fans paid big money to be among the first to get their hands on the device. In Poland, people are getting paid to line up,” Chris Borowski reports for Reuters.

“‘We have these fake queues at front of 20 stores around the country to drum up interest in the iPhone,’ a spokesman said,” Borowski reports.

MacDailyNews Take: A spokesman whose head, if it actually exists, Orange will soon serve up on a silver platter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Borowski continues, “As part of a marketing campaign ahead of the iPhone’s Friday launch in Poland, the country’s largest mobile operator Orange is paying dozens of actors to stand in queues.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If Borowski’s report is accurate, that spokesman is definitely Polish.

30 Comments

  1. Well, you’d think that with Multi-touch, it would take about 5 citizens to operate one. No wonder they don’t want one! Smart fellers–sick of being the butt of all those jokes.

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  2. Reuters have something of a track record for making up stories, they’ve also done it with Apple stories before now.

    It will be interesting to see if this story holds up to scrutiny.

  3. I confirm from Poland: it’s true. Silly as it sounds, Orange made that happen. Fortunately they’re not the only network to sell iPhones in Poland, and the other networks did not come up with such dumb ideas ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Huh? It’s the iPhone there is no need to pay people to create a fake line. If this is true, whoever that marketing person that came up with this idea is an idiot. Sorry I hate calling people names, but he/she deserves this one.

  5. What really sucks is that people in countries where the iphone is not available (SA) would pay big $ to get their hands on one, yet it keeps on getting released in countries where people dont care about it or who cannot afford it. I saw a 1st gen in a shop yesterday for $800.00. Oh well I think we will just have to wait and hope we get it soon.

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