After Asia, Europe took possession of the latest Apple phone on Friday, with thousands of people rushing to shops and operator stores.
“To have my iPhone, I came 10 pm yesterday, I slept there”, says AFP Marc, 34, one of the first ten to have received the iPhone 4S at the Apple store near Opra Paris.
In addition to a caf, each person receives a ticket on which is written a reference number. This sesame guarantees to have a telephone. Among this crowd, many tourists passing through the capital take advantage of their stopover to leave with the phone.
"I came here to visit but as in Brazil he only comes out in December this is the right opportunity. I will be one of the first to have it in Brazil! ”, rejoices Ricardo, arrived at 5am.
According to security estimates, it took an average of three hours before entering the store where some planted flowers in tribute to its founder Steve who died on October 5.
In Hamburg or Frankfurt, thousands of fans did not hesitate to brave temperatures close to 0. "I have wanted to buy the iPhone 4 for a long time, but I preferred to wait for the release of the 4S version. Now I'm glad that this 6 month wait is finally over! ”, said Rhea, a 23-year-old German student from Mainz (west). Faced with the large number of pre-orders "there may be delays", however, recognized Ren Obermann, director of Deutsche Telekom at the Bild am Sonntag.
In London, in front of the largest Apple store in the world, hundreds of enthusiasts also lined up in a good mood. Among them, Rob Shoesmith, 30, who presents himself as a "standard Apple fan", claims to have camped near the store for ten days to be sure he could get his hands on the phone. Coming from Coventry in central England, he says he survived by trading small Apple accessories for food and drink.
Duncan Hoare, 42, a London-based forex trader, said that the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs had "made him want to buy the iPhone even more."
In the tail of the London store were also due to rival BlackBerry, which has just experienced a nearly three-day blackout. Like Kat Golub, 22, now converted to the virtues of the iPhone: “I've been wanting to change for weeks. The screen is bigger (…) and then I had problems this week ”, she explains.
In the upscale Omotesando neighborhood, several hundred people lined up outside the Softbank store, located on the Champs Elyses in Tokyo. “I am very impatient and impressed that there are so many people and journalists”, how a young man at the head of the long queue.
Softbank CEO Masyoshi Son welcomed the first buyers with a huge smile. “This iPhone 4S is not a product, it is a work”, said Son, saluting the memory of Steve Jobs with whom he had both friendly and professional relationships. "I am very happy that we can offer the iPhone and thus offer customers an environment in which they have the choice", meanwhile, how the boss of KDDI, Takashi Tanaka, delighted to have broken the de facto monopoly enjoyed until now by Softbank on the iPhone range.
Forced to register hundreds of requests simultaneously on Friday, Softbank’s computer system was nonetheless malfunctioning in the early hours of the morning, an incident that further extended customer wait times, the group said.
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