"Phoney" iPhone Lines in Poland

rated by 0 users
This post has 12 Replies | 2 Followers

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 25,848
Points 1,170,695
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Sat, Aug 23 2008 3:45 PM

On Friday, Apple's iPhone went on sale in 21 other countries, including India and Poland as iPhone 3G Rollout Phase II began. While demand for the iPhone 3G has been loud and clear in many countries so far (unlike 3G service on the device), the iPhone isn't quite such a hot commodity in the newly launched set countries.

For one, Telekomunikacja Polska (TP), which France Telecom (whose wireless division is Orange) has a controlling stake in, has admitted it used actors to form fake lines, trying to make people believe that demand for the iPhone was higher than it actually was (see above).

TP spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski said:
"It was a marketing move. We thought it was a pretty interesting strategy. The aim was to attract attention. The people in the queues told passers-by about the iPhone."
France Telecom commented similarly:
"The aim was to draw people's attention to the product, and to make some buzz around it."
T-Mobile also sells the iPhone in Poland, and it didn't try the same stunt. Thus, it had no lines outside its stores.

Meanwhile, in India, lines were also non-existent, with the price of the iPhone ranging from $702 for the 8 GB model and $830 for the 16 GB model, as neither Vodafone nor Airtel will subsidize the phone in India --- and there's no 3G in India, to make matters worse.







You can't discount the 3G and application crash complaints as having some effect on sales as well.

But how successful will the iPhone be in emerging markets? Motorola was unable to dent Nokia's share in these markets. For example, in India Nokia has a 55% share of the market and competition from Apple in the high-end segment will do little to change things.



Nokia dominates many markets in Europe and Asia, and the E71 has received great reviews, with some saying that for its target audience, it is a far better phone than the iPhone.



So, Apple has its work cut out for it. Can it do it? Well, first things first: fix the 3G!



  • | Post Points: 35
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,181
Points 90,135
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: United States, Virginia
Moderator

There were not big lines here either.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 75 Contributor
Posts 1,218
Points 18,720
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: United States, Texas
warlord replied on Sun, Aug 24 2008 6:09 PM
No lines to be seen in Texas either

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 5,053
Points 60,700
Joined: May 2008
Location: U.S.
Moderator
3vi1 replied on Mon, Aug 25 2008 2:43 PM

Not sure where you are, but there were lines at the mall in The Woodlands (north of Houston) every time they got a new shipment, for weeks.

This may sound weird, since I'm usually so into tech gadgets (for instance, I own all the video game consoles and almost never play them), but I've just can't understand what's attractive to people about this device. Remember when phones were for talking to people, not platforms for selling you ringtones and stuff?

Wow... I guess I'm old AND cranky.  :)

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

++++++++++++[>++++>+++++++++>+++>+<<<<-]>+++.>++++++++++.-------------.+++.>---.>--.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,181
Points 90,135
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: United States, Virginia
Moderator

3vi1:

Not sure where you are, but there were lines at the mall in The Woodlands (north of Houston) every time they got a new shipment, for weeks.

This may sound weird, since I'm usually so into tech gadgets (for instance, I own all the video game consoles and almost never play them), but I've just can't understand what's attractive to people about this device. Remember when phones were for talking to people, not platforms for selling you ringtones and stuff?

Wow... I guess I'm old AND cranky.  :)

Its the wow factor. I have to admit the games make me think about getting one again.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 5,053
Points 60,700
Joined: May 2008
Location: U.S.
Moderator
3vi1 replied on Mon, Aug 25 2008 5:08 PM
The iPhone specs do look nice for gaming, but it's hindered by not having a good gamepad. For now, I'll stick with the much less expensive PSP.

Too bad GamePark went bankrupt. :(

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

++++++++++++[>++++>+++++++++>+++>+<<<<-]>+++.>++++++++++.-------------.+++.>---.>--.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,181
Points 90,135
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: United States, Virginia
Moderator

By the time you buy a few games you lose the savings on the psp.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 5,053
Points 60,700
Joined: May 2008
Location: U.S.
Moderator
3vi1 replied on Mon, Aug 25 2008 7:20 PM
I only use my PSP to play homebrew games/emus. :)

Wait...iPhone games don't cost money?

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

++++++++++++[>++++>+++++++++>+++>+<<<<-]>+++.>++++++++++.-------------.+++.>---.>--.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,181
Points 90,135
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: United States, Virginia
Moderator

They do but its like $10 instead of $30

 

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 75 Contributor
Posts 1,218
Points 18,720
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: United States, Texas
warlord replied on Tue, Aug 26 2008 5:49 PM

I didn't even know that the iphone had games...Confused

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,181
Points 90,135
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: United States, Virginia
Moderator

Since the launch of the new Iphone.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 75 Contributor
Posts 1,218
Points 18,720
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: United States, Texas
warlord replied on Wed, Aug 27 2008 2:49 PM

I feel outta touch Embarrassed

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,181
Points 90,135
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: United States, Virginia
Moderator

Check out the app store sometime. Makes me want a ipod touch.

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (13 items) | RSS