Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus goes on sale in South Korea and 22 other countries this Friday, October 31. So the country’s three biggest mobile carriers including SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG UPlus started accepting pre-orders for the new iPhones began last Friday.
Wall Street Journal reports that pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have topped 100,000 units in South Korea, outpacing the rate reported for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 at its launch in South Korea in September.
KT Corp., the first telecom company to introduce the iPhone to the Korean market, said the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus models together racked up 10,000 orders in one minute, and in thirty minutes topped 50,000 orders.
LG Uplus Corp., which is selling the iPhone for the first time, said it received 20,000 orders for the new iPhones within 20 minutes.
South Korea’s largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom Co., declined to comment on specific figures but confirmed that the first and second batch of presale orders for the new iPhones have been fully booked. The carrier opened up its third round this morning, a SK Telecom spokesman said. None of the carriers would specify the quota of phones for each presale period.
Analysts estimate that pre-orders for the new iPhones may have reached roughly 100,000 units, which is significantly more than the 30,000 units for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 over a similar time frame. However, we must point out that comparing the pre-order numbers of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with Samsung Galaxy Note 4, without including the pre-order number of Galaxy S5 (which goes head-on with iPhone 6) may not be a fair comparison.
However, Apple’s decision to launch iPhones with bigger screens, especially the iPhone 6 Plus with 5.5-inch screen to compete with Galaxy Note 4 that comes with 5.7-inch screen seems to be paying off, as smartphones with 5.5-inch+ screens or phablet category have been growing in popularity, particularly in Asia, and it is certainly going to make a dent in Samsung’s market share on their home turf.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus goes on sale in 23 countries including Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand on October 31.