“Predictably, the snaking queues have already started to form in Tokyo, ahead of the Thursday launch of the iPhone 4,” Jones reports. “It’s partly to be first to get the device — but waiting in line and proving your commitment, for some, is part of the fun.”
Outside a Softbank cellphone store in Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood, Ryunoske Sakai, 34, a self-proclaimed ‘tweet jockey,’ arrived at 3.30 p.m. Tuesday. Behind him are Yuta Kami, a 21-year-old college student, and Manabu Ishiyama, 28, who works in sales,” Jones reports. “The three of them have already reserved their iPhones, but they don’t want to miss out on an opportunity for fame, however fleeting: Japan’s first iPad buyer got his share.”
Jones reports, “What makes this different from the iPad, however, is that these gentlemen could be among the first consumers anywhere in the world to smudge an iPhone 4. It goes on sale in Japan, the U.S., the United Kingdom, France and Germany on June 24, and the time difference gives Japan an edge.”
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