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    iPhone 3G Japan launch

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 July 11日 Friday

    People have been queuing up at the SoftBank flagship store in the trendy Omotesando shop (in Harajuku) of Tokyo since Monday the 7th for Apple’s iPhone 3G’s Japan release on Friday the 11th. The iPod phones are supposed to go on sale at 7am at the Omotesando store. A friend of mine went there and handed out Krispy Kreme donuts to her friends in the queue. Apparently the 10 pm news reported that there were 740 people waiting in line, and the line kept on growing. I wonder if the delivery to the Omotesando store will be enough for everyone in line. Then again, Apple doesn’t take the Nintendo/Sony approach to launch scarcity and reports mention that you should be able to buy one if you join the queue. Apparently there are people using their MacBooks in the line, but the batteries can’t possibly last that long…

    Hiroyuki Sano, a graduate student from Nagoya studying information engineering, was first in line.

    “I took a night train and got here at 6 a.m. yesterday,” he said, adding it took him about five hours to get to Tokyo.

    According to Sano, there were seven or eight other people who were checking to see when the line would start, and they eventually decided to play a game of rock, scissors and paper to decide who would be first.


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