19 Aug 2010
The iPhone 4 made its delayed debut in Korea yesterday, jamming Korea Telecom’s servers as tens of thousands of people tried to place orders.
The Korean telco registered 130,000 pre-orders in the first 13 hours of taking registration, it told the Korea Herald. Its online store almost fell over, resulting in delays ordering phones, AFP reported.
The handset is selling much quicker than the iPhone 3G S last year, which saw just 14,500 pre-orders in the first day.
KT plans to launch the iPhone next month and is taking pre-orders through its online ordering system and in its retail stores.
Korea was set to be one of the first markets for the iPhone 4’s international debut last month, but was dropped at the last minute because Apple couldn’t meet demand for shipments.
The company has sold over 850,000 iPhones in South Korea since the first-generation launch nine years ago, AP said.