August 18, 2010

S Korean Website Overflowing With New iPhone Orders

South Korea's KT Corp reported on Wednesday that its website was jammed by thousands of people attempting to pre-order Apple's iPhone 4.

KT Corp said that over 110,000 people pre-ordered Apple's latest smartphone in just nine hours after its online shop opened.

"Our online shop server was jammed instantly as too many clients placed orders simultaneously," KT spokesman Jin Byung-Kwon told the AFP news agency.

"So far, the number of orders for the iPhone 4 exceeds well beyond that of the iPhone 3GS," he said.

KT, which is the country's sole distributor of the device, said its online shop would receive orders for a week.

Apple sold over 850,000 iPhones in South Korea since it hit the local market nine months ago.

"We didn't expect so many people to preorder the iPhone 4 in such a short time," Jin told AFP.

Local competitors like Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have been trying to compete against Apple's popular iPhone by introducing new smartphones like the Galaxy S and Optimus series.

South Korea's mobile phone market includes 45 million users in a population of 49 million people.  However, smartphones have been a relatively small share so far.


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