Chaos surrounds New Zealand iPhone 4 day
Launch? What launch!
Apple's iPhone 4 went on sale today in New Zealand. But Vodafone NZ's handling of the launch left much to be desired, with hundreds of customers left in the lurch.
Many had queued up overnight outside Vodafone NZ stores to told by staff that "no iPhones coming in today and they didn't know when they were coming in," Jacob Creech, a Wellington-based customer, told the Wall Street Journal. "It was quite a nightmare and the worse thing was there was no information."
By mid-day, iPhones were in some stores and by 4pm the country's entire stock was sold out, the WSJ reports.
So what went wrong? Some pundits point to stock issues, but we suspect that the Sydney Morning Herald is more on the money.
It cites a Voda source who "said the telco and Apple were 'banging heads' over the iPhone 4".
Any which way, New Zealand's iPhone 4 Launch Day is well and truly launched. Customers who missed out today will get their handsets soon enough. ®
It was a nightmare
"the worse thing was there was no information."
Sorry fella but if you've just spent all night queuing to buy a freaking phone then I can assure you that you have FAR more important things to worry about than a lack of information.
Q: How many fanbois does it take to change a light bulb?
One to hold it right
One to fit the free lampshade
And one to claim all lightbulbs are dark
"People still want to buy these?"
- sheep don't ask questions.
"it was a nightmare"
No! coming home to find a hole in your roof with water pouring in (as I did a couple of years ago) is a nightmare.
This, my misguided Kiwi friend is a small inconvenience and there are better phones out there anyway.
Beer, because he needs to sit down, enjoy one and reassess his priorities.
Hundreds of thousands
Only hundreds who are silly enough to want a Jesusphone.
Heck, Vodaphone are having a hard time getting SMS working right lately. God forbid they start messing with a phone that dies if you hold it wrong while txting.