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Taiwanese man queues up for 24 hours to buy iPhone 8

2017/09/22 13:42:12

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) A Taiwanese consumer, who had been queuing up for 24 hours, was the first person in Taiwan to purchase one of Apple Inc.'s newest smartphone models, an iPhone 8, at a telecommunications service store Friday.

The man, identified only by the surname of Lin (林), bought a gold iPhone 8 with 256 GB of storage at Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. in Taipei's busy commercial Xinyi District.

Lin said he had been queuing up since around 8 a.m. Thursday and was the first consumer to enter the store at 8 a.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, at Taiwan Mobile Co.'s service store in the same Xinyi Vieshow commercial zone, a consumer surnamed Shih (石) was the first to buy an iPhone 8 after standing in line for 22 hours.

Shih purchased a grey iPhone 8 Plus with 256 GB of storage and won a NT$20,000 (US$661) coupon for online shopping, which was offered by Taiwan Mobile in the celebration of its 20th anniversary.

At the Vieshow outlet of Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's biggest telecom company, a buyer surnamed Lee (李) was at the front of the queue and bought a gold iPhone 8 Plus after a 16-hour wait in line.

Lee was also given a free 64 GB iPhone 8 as a gift.

Taiwan, one of the countries included in the first wave launch of Apple's new iPhones this year, started online pre-orders officially on Sept. 15 but did not begin sales in physical stores until Friday.



(By Jeffery Wu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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