Overnight queues in Belfast for iPhone5

Published Friday, 21 September 2012
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Apple mania reached Belfast on Friday as crowds queued up in Victoria Square to get their hands on the iPhone5.

Overnight queues in Belfast for iPhone5
Lines around Victoria Square for the launch of the iPhone5. (© Pacemaker)

The company's latest offering promises to be their thinnest, lightest smartphone and has a bigger screen and faster processor than its predecessor.

Around 500 people stood in line outside the Apple Store waiting for doors to open at 8am on Friday, with some there since 11pm the night before.

"There seems to be a real brand loyalty from customers that they would queue up overnight," said UTV's Chris Andrews who was one of those in the queue.

The phone is already guaranteed to be a best-seller, with the company reporting pre-orders around the world of two million in just 24 hours and many customers not expected to receive theirs until October.

"It's just really cool cause it's the newest thing out there and I've been waiting for over two hours because I really want it," said one person in the queue, while others agreed it was all about the name that comes with the phone.

"I'm not entirely sure why I'm excited, £600 less in my wallet," explained another.

The iPhone5 will run on the newly announced 4G network which offers speeds up to five times faster than 3G.

The battle for domination of the mobile and tablet market has become increasingly heated recently with Apple's competitors taking it on with a series of new products.

Nokia and Microsoft recently joined forces to launch two new phones which will run on the Windows operating system.

And online retailer Amazon unveiled new models of its Kindle Fire tablets, which were previously not for sale in the UK, and are seen as rivals to Apple's best-selling iPad.

© UTV News
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11 Comments
Frosty in Here wrote (699 days ago):
£600 for a phone? I got mine for 20 quid, does the same job. The Apple store must have big windows, they seen them coming.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (699 days ago):
It never fails to amaze me how easy it is for big companies to fool people in departing with their money so easily. This new iphone will just be replaced with a new one and better one within a month or so. All this about queueing up, waitinng hours for the new phone is just to make people think that this phone is a "must-have" while in reality its not much different from an earlier design, maybe alittle faster, a different colour but thats all lol
Johnny Mac in Belfast wrote (699 days ago):
I really don't understand why anyone would want to queue all night for a phone which is vastly over-priced and over-hyped.Those queuing must have very good jobs, indeed. I'm still using a very basic Samsung phone that I paid about £16 for in 2009.
jamesbelfast in Belfast wrote (699 days ago):
I had a look at that crowd and I thought to myself. There is a flock of sheep being led into the abattoir and paying to get themselves slaughtered. You couldn't dream it up if you tried to. Strange thing is though many of the owners of such products think it makes them look cool in the eyes of others but did they invent them or make them - most definitely not. It's bit like me saying I've a light bulb in my coal-shed aren't I cool. But oh I forgot Edison invented it about 100 years ago.
petra in belfast wrote (700 days ago):
Got myself an android for £80 from h/kong has gps etc etc even tv why pay so much when in a few months china will be doing copies
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