KUALA LUMPUR: Local telcos opened their doors to large crowds as the latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models from Apple went on sale at midnight of Oct 30, with most planning to buy the champagne gold version of the smartphone.
At the Celcom Blue Cube store at Sunway Pyramid, over two hundred customers waited in line, some from early in the morning, to be the first customers to pick up the new smartphones.
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 I am going for the champagne gold 32GB iPhone 5s," he said.
Both Mohd Abdullah and his wife had intended to buy iPhones but were rewarded for being first in line with a free champagne gold iPhone 5s each by Celcom.
Most customers interviewed by The Star said that they were hoping to get the champagne gold version, a new colour exclusive to the iPhone 5s.
Ahmad Izzudin Ahmad Borhanudin, 26, who was second in line at Blue Cube, was also hoping for the gold iPhone 5s, adding that the colour was unique and a first for Apple products.
The DiGi launch at the company's store in SS2, Petaling Jaya, was also 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 a gold iPhone 5s, said he was a former BlackBerry user.
"My friends, who were BlackBerry users, convinced me to change to an iPhone," said Jason.
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 only.
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, which has seen very high demand around the world.
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