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Actors paid to stand in line for iPhone

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 21 Aug 2008 21:40 User comments (8)

Actors paid to stand in line for iPhone Anticipating the release of Apple Inc.'s multimedia / touch-screen iPhone in the country, the largest mobile phone operator in Poland is paying dozens of actors to stand in queues in order to get consumers attention. "We have these fake queues at front of 20 stores around the country to drum up interest in the iPhone," a spokesman said.
The iPhone is set to make its debut in Poland in Friday, and Orange is the country's largest mobile phone operator. When launched in the United States, many customers lined up for extended periods of time to buy the expensive gadget first, but it must be a lot nicer to get paid to stand in line for one.

While around 1 million iPhones were sold over its weekend launch in the United States back in July, customers in Poland seem a lot less reluctant to buy into the high monthly charges that they will also get. T-Mobile is also set to launch the iPhone on Friday in the country, but has no queues outside its stores waiting for the phone.


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8 user comments

121.8.2008 22:48

just two words, UBER FAIL

221.8.2008 23:39

What a waste of money. Why don't they do a little market research and decide how to drum up interest.

322.8.2008 1:39
varnull
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Make it's debut? They are in for a shock.. that's where we export the blocked ones at about 25% of the price apple want for them. Unlocked and broken with apps installed.. nuff said.. Poland is a good market for blocked UK phones.

422.8.2008 12:17

Lol...I had a Polish joke for that one :P

522.8.2008 17:41

The articles states, "While around 1 million iPhones were sold over its weekend launch in the United States back in July, customers in Poland seem a lot less reluctant to buy into the high monthly charges that they will also get."

Shouldn't that read, "more reluctant"?

623.8.2008 3:21

Funny it seems that actors there and here in the US will do just about anything for money! Maybe they should pay the customers instead or better yet drop the price per month on the service. Why don't they just spend the money on finding ways to increase battery life or better yet having less dropped calls. Wow now there's a novel idea!

723.8.2008 14:07

In other words..they're lying.

Whats that quote from Hamlet? Or is it Macbeth? "Away, and mock the time with fairest show, false face must hide what the false heart doth know".

(only shakespeare quote I ever memorized..)

824.8.2008 12:28

That is just sick!!!!!

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