Apple’s latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus phones have sold out in Korea after preorders started on Oct. 14, ahead of their official launch on Oct. 21 here.
Amid the unprecedented recall of Samsung Electronics
’ Galaxy Note 7 globally, the new iPhones have been speculated to benefit most from the bigger-screen rival’s withdrawal from the market, including on Samsung’s home turf.
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus “Jet Black” edition
According to the nation’s top three telecom carriers, their first batch of iPhone preorders sold out in just a few minutes on the first day it opened. KT
, the largest seller of iPhones in Korea, said the first batch of 50,000 online preorders were sold out in 15 minutes. SK Telecom
, the nation’s No. 1 telecom carrier, didn’t specify the number but said its preorders were also sold out in 20 minutes. Especially, the hot-selling “Jet Black” model sold out in two minutes, it said. LG Uplus
, the smallest carrier, said it sold 20,000 units of the new iPhones online in one minute.
In Korea, the retail prices for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus start from 869,000 won (US$767) and 1.02 million won, respectively, for their basic 32GB models.
By Lee Ji-yoon (firstname.lastname@example.org