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by tan kit hoong AND lee kah leng
Over 200 customers waited in line at the the Celcom Blue Cube at Sunway Pyramid to buy the new iPhone 5s.
KUALA LUMPUR: Champagne gold proves to be a hit among most Malaysians as they lined up to be among the first in the country to grab the latest iPhone 5s at local telcos.
Most said that they were hoping to get their hands on the new Apple smartphones before they run out of stock. The iPhone 5s went on sale in Malaysia from 12.01am yesterday.
At the Celcom Blue Cube store at Sunway Pyramid, over 200 customers waited in line – some even before the outlet opened for business – to be the first customers to pick up the new phones.
First in line was network presentation editor Mohd Abdullah Mohd Azam, 26, who had been waiting with his pregnant wife since 8.45am.
“I have been using the iPhone 4s for the past two years and am going to switch to the champagne gold 32GB iPhone 5s,” he said.
Both Mohd Abdullah and his wife had intended to buy the iPhones, but were instead rewarded for being first in line with a free champagne gold iPhone 5s each by Celcom.
Ahmad Izzudin Ahmad Borhanudin, 26, who was second in line at Blue Cube, was also hoping for the gold iPhone 5s, adding that it was unique as the colour was a first for Apple products.
The DiGi launch at the company’s store in SS2, Petaling Jaya, was similarly crowded, with people gathering a little later in the evening for the midnight launch.
First in line was designer Jason Ooi Seng Oon, 21, who had been waiting since 5.30pm.
Ooi, who was also aiming for the gold iPhone 5s, said he was formerly a BlackBerry user.
“The main reason I am getting an iPhone is because my friends who were BlackBerry users convinced me to change to an iPhone after they did,” said Ooi.
Maxis Berhad was the only local telco that did not have a public launching for the new Apple smartphones, opting instead to hold a private event for Maxis One Club customers.
In terms of pricing, there are varying plans available from each telco – depending on the iPhone model and amount of data subscribed to – with detailed rates available on their websites.
Apple has reportedly had problems keeping up with demand for the new iPhones, especially for the gold coloured one.
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