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Old Jan 12, 2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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Hundreds Lining Up for iPhone 4S at Chinese Apple Stores




With close to twelve hours still to go until opening time, Tech in Asia reports that Apple's five retail stores in China are seeing huge lines for the iPhone 4S, with stores said to already be seeing hundreds of people in line.
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At the two stores in Beijing, and the three in Shanghai, there are clearly lines stretching hundreds of meters, with reports of hundreds of queuers at each, snaking around city blocks (see more photos below). Most stores have a ticketing system to deter queue-jumpers, but that won't stop the 'scalpers' who buy the phones to resell later at a profit.



Apple's Xidan Joy City store in Beijing
The report notes that Apple's iPhone partner China Unicom will begin selling the iPhone 4S online at 12:01 AM, but that there is undoubtedly significant interest in unlocked devices sold directly from Apple. Pricing is set at the equivalent of $790/$932/$1,074 for the three capacities of unlocked iPhone 4S models.




Apple's Pudong store in Shanghai
For those customers willing to sign up for a contract with China Unicom, the carrier is offering the iPhone 4S for free under certain rate plans and contract lengths.

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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:01 AM   #2
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It is amazing that so many people are in line for this phone, with all of the clones available in China, and the overall cost of the device over there.

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just noticed the free option available with some plans.
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:02 AM   #4
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The area these pictures were taken in is beautiful. I'm impressed by the lines. Really didn't think it would be a big deal for the Chinese, mostly because of what 840quadra said.

Also, I'm sick, so forgive me that I read this too quickly as, "Hundreds Lining Up for Chinese at Apple Stores" and immediately realized what I had done, causing one of those aches & pains laughs we all hate.
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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Haven't they seen the Samsung commercials?
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:06 AM   #6
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Haven't they seen the Samsung commercials?
I guess not. It's pretty evident they're still on ye ole' band wagon.
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:08 AM   #7
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No siri on those phones, and there's still lines like that.
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:08 AM   #8
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I wonder if the Foxconn workers have to punch out and then go wait in line to purchase the very phone they helped build.
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:08 AM   #9
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In related news hundreds of students at my son's school lined up for government issued chicken nuggets, fries and mixed vegetables during yesterday's lunch hour.
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:09 AM   #10
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This should ease the demand strain on Hong Kong at least a bit.
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:09 AM   #11
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There is usually no such thing as a line in china, when the door opens, people just squeeze in.
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:10 AM   #12
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re original article

que, q, queue

i just like plain old "line"

..."reports of hundreds of queuers..."
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:11 AM   #13
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This clearly means the iPhone is the best most capable smartphone of all-time. Look it has long lines!

Anyway, with the amount of people in china and the limited place to get a device like this, I would expect long lines!
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Isn't it interesting that the design of the iPhone appeals to so many different cultures.

I can imagine an alternative world were different design aesthetics appealed to different nations and ideologies, but it seems that the Apple minimalist simplicity is fashionable all over the world right now.

Perhaps China/USA are just more alike than I imagine, I've not been to China yet so I don't really know.
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Wasn't this phone supposed to be a disappointment/letdown/anticlimactic event?
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:18 AM   #16
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The clone phones do not work as well as the original, and there are plenty of people in China with money to buy a real iPhone.

China will be the largest iPhone market in a very short time.
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Isn't it interesting that the design of the iPhone appeals to so many different cultures.

I can imagine an alternative world were different design aesthetics appealed to different nations and ideologies, but it seems that the Apple minimalist simplicity is fashionable all over the world right now.

Perhaps China/USA are just more alike than I imagine, I've not been to China yet so I don't really know.

The Trillions in US debt will be forgiven because the Chinese like Angry Birds
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No siri on those phones, and there's still lines like that.
Chinese version doesn't have siri? Due to gov't regulations? Was unaware.
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Chinese version doesn't have siri? Due to gov't regulations? Was unaware.
They have Siri, it just does not work with Chinese as yet.
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Isn't it interesting that the design of the iPhone appeals to so many different cultures.
"Design isn't how something looks, it's how something works" -- Steve Jobs

I don't think it's a cultural thing to appreciate that something works well.
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Wasn't this phone supposed to be a disappointment/letdown/anticlimactic event?
Only to the people who can't see the big picture.
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:35 AM   #22
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This proves that even with all of the clones on the market, people still want the real thing. I hope Apple sells millions of iPhones in China!
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Old Jan 12, 2012, 09:37 AM   #23
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There is usually no such thing as a line in china, when the door opens, people just squeeze in.
Other places maybe, but not in Shanghai
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Anyone ever see a line like that for an Android phone outside a Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T store? Just curious.
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