iPhone 6s & 6s Plus preorders sell out within 30 minutes in Samsung's home of South Korea

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in iPhone edited October 2015
The first batch of South Korean preorders for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sold out within minutes on Monday at the country's three major cellphone carriers, setting a blockbuster pace ahead of Friday's official launch.




One of the companies, KT, topped 10,000 orders within one minute and closed applications less than 10 minutes later after 50,000 preorder units were claimed, Yonhap reported. Similarly, LG Uplus halted preorders within five minutes.

SK Telecom took slightly longer to end preorders, shuttering them after 30 minutes. The company declined to say how many units it recorded, but market watchers quoted by Yonhap estimate the figure at 50,000.

KT opened up a second round of reservations later in the day, but didn't comment on performance.

The latest iPhones will launch in Korea on Friday, Oct. 23. Preorders had been scheduled for last week, but were delayed for reasons unknown. Yonhap pointed to speculation that telecom authorities asked carriers to avoid "overheating" the market.

The iPhone is a popular device in South Korea, in spite of two of Apple's biggest competitors -- Samsung and LG -- being based in the region. Samsung in fact recently cut the price of the Galaxy S6 to 799,700 won ($706), also preparing a "pink gold" option to match Apple's rose gold. LG recently launched its V10 phone for 799,700 won, a rare thing in a market where flagship phones typically start over 800,000 won.
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  • Reply 1 of 53

    Wait what's this? Oh yeah Apple is Doomed!

  • Reply 2 of 53
    Now all Samsung needs to do is limit preorders for their next S7 to two or three in the US, so they can claim they should led out faster ;)
  • Reply 3 of 53
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,340member

    I'd love to be a fly on the wall at Samsung's HQ to see the expressions on their faces if this news is in fact accurate.



    ScamScum puts out such crap, it's sweet schadenfreude for me.

  • Reply 4 of 53

    The news of the Samsung 'Pink Gold' (or Rose Gold copy) colour they are rushing out seems to of made a difference. /s

     

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    Looks like its face is blushing in this colour, wonder if their bosses are too at this news. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />


     


    Edit: Meant to have a pic, obviously, but it is not showing up.
  • Reply 5 of 53
    bheitbheit Posts: 15member
    What? S Koreans getting tired of being hacked and taken for suckers? Perhaps security and an excellent OS do matter!
  • Reply 6 of 53
    The news of the Samsung 'Pink Gold' (or Rose Gold copy) colour they are rushing out seems to of made a difference. /s


    Looks like its face is blushing in this colour, wonder if their bosses are too at this news. :lol:
     
    Edit: Meant to have a pic, obviously, but it is not showing up.

    On a side note: a friend's gf had a pink metallic car. Last time she said it's now rose gold ;)
  • Reply 7 of 53
    schlackschlack Posts: 677member
    the fact that they copy Apple with a rose gold phone only further cements the Apple brand as the leader brand and Samsung as the copy brand...which will have to sell at a lower premium. Good for Apple overall, even if Samsung sells a bunch of the rose gold phones.
  • Reply 8 of 53
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    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post

     

    I'd love to be a fly on the wall at Samsung's HQ to see the expressions on their faces if this news is in fact accurate.



    ScamScum puts out such crap, it's sweet schadenfreude for me.


     

    Considering Samsung is providing processors for some of the 6S/6S+ and LPDDR3 for all, then they're all probably pretty happy at the success.

  • Reply 9 of 53
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,267member
    What's interesting is that while these numbers, 50,000 times three sellers, don't look like much, something I've been reading in a couple of places, they really are. S Korea has about 50 million people, while we have comfortably more than 300 million. That's over 6 times the population.

    If we're conservative, and say 6 times, that results in the equivelant of 300 thousand pre orders per seller. That's a total of 900 thousand pre orders. That's pretty good.
  • Reply 10 of 53
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,340member
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    Originally Posted by MAJANI View Post

     

     

    Considering Samsung is providing processors for some of the 6S/6S+ and LPDDR3 for all, then they're all probably pretty happy at the success.




    Has nothing to do with Samsung Mobile.

  • Reply 11 of 53
    Events like this demonstrate that iPhone sales have plenty of growth potential, globally.
  • Reply 12 of 53
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    Has nothing to do with Samsung Mobile.


     

    So? Still part of the Samsung group. I can't imagine them being bitter about their own company making money.

  • Reply 13 of 53
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    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post

     



    Has nothing to do with Samsung Mobile.


     

    Quote was for Samsung HQ.

  • Reply 14 of 53
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    Originally Posted by MAJANI View Post

     

     

    So? Still part of the Samsung group. I can't imagine them being bitter about their own company making money.


     

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    Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post

     

     

    Quote was for Samsung HQ.


     

    Both of you are irrelevant - anyone with half a brain understood what was meant.

     

    Samsung Mobile is going to be pissed at this news. Samsung Semi will be happy. Like two brothers and the hot girl next door. One of them is in love with her, the other hates her with a passion. She flirts with the one brother, and laughs at the other. Everyone wants to be like her.

  • Reply 15 of 53
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,267member
    sflocal wrote: »

    Has nothing to do with Samsung Mobile.

    They're both part of Samsung electronics, and so, yes, they're pretty happy.
  • Reply 16 of 53
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,267member

    Both of you are irrelevant - anyone with half a brain understood what was meant.

    Samsung Mobile is going to be pissed at this news. Samsung Semi will be happy. Like two brothers and the hot girl next door. One of them is in love with her, the other hates her with a passion. She flirts with the one brother, and laughs at the other. Everyone wants to be like her.

    It doesn't matter what the guys running the mobile division think. Apple's relationship with Samsung goes much deeper. Though, in an article in Seeming Alpha, it's believed that Apple may move more of its SoC production to TSMC, and possibly, all of it. If so, then Samsung won't be happy. Almost 50% of its chip production goes to Apple.
  • Reply 17 of 53
    jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,564member
    On a side note: a friend's gf had a pink metallic car. Last time she said it's now rose gold ;)

    700


    "It's blush and bashful."
  • Reply 18 of 53
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    Originally Posted by melgross View Post





    It doesn't matter what the guys running the mobile division think. Apple's relationship with Samsung goes much deeper. Though, in an article in Seeming Alpha, it's believed that Apple may move more of its SoC production to TSMC, and possibly, all of it. If so, then Samsung won't be happy. Almost 50% of its chip production goes to Apple.

     

    Do you have any idea the size of the Samsung group? It's not some tiny little chip manufacturer that exists solely because of Apple paying them to produce chips. They've got $300bn in revenue and more than $500bn in assets, and contracts into the tens of billions for things like building nuclear power plants and providing petrochemical storage.

     

    Samsung's entire electronic division - encompassing phones, computers, NAND, RAM, CPUs, TVs & home theatre, white good and contracts with other companies providing parts - is only worth 37% of what Samsung is, and Apple's contract is only worth $14bn, including building new manufacturing and fabrication plants for said technologies.

     

    You can read a complete breakdown of their profits and overall structure here. I'm not saying that the loss of a $14bn contract will be unnoticed by the company, but I very much doubt that either company really bogs themselves down with petty bickering over brands and ultimately does what is good for business and good for perpetuating their existence. Realistically, both are more concerned with milking their sheeple fanboys of all they are worth.

  • Reply 19 of 53
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,969member
    schlack wrote: »
    the fact that they copy Apple with a rose gold phone only further cements the Apple brand as the leader brand and Samsung as the copy brand...which will have to sell at a lower premium. Good for Apple overall, even if Samsung sells a bunch of the rose gold phones.

    And now we have another iPhone 6 clone.

    http://bgr.com/2015/10/15/htc-one-a9-photos-leak-orange/
  • Reply 20 of 53

    Tomorrow, analysts will claim this a huge failure by Apple because it took 30 minutes to sell out and not 29 minutes.

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