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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