The new iPhone shares outpaced Samsung in South Korea

Date : 26 Ekim 2014 Pazar - 23:35, Category : TECHNOLOGY

The new iPhone shares outpaced Samsung in South Korea

The new iPhone shares outpaced Samsung in South Korea

The presale orders for Apple's new iPhones were huge in South Korea, which is called as Samsung land.

On Friday, three mobile carriers of South Korea began taking orders for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In less than an hour, the carriers reported that orders had reached tens of thousands, outpacing the rate reported for Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Note 4 model at its launch here 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 they were 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. The other two carriers are also taking further presale orders. The iPhones will be made available on store shelves and for customers from Oct 31. Analysts estimate the total presale figures for the new iPhones have reached roughly 100,000 units, which tops an estimated 30,000 units for the Galaxy Note 4 over a similar time frame. A spokesman for LG Uplus confirmed that the pace of the presale for the Galaxy Note 4 phone hadn't been as fast as for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus. In the second quarter, Apple's handset market share in Korea stood at 6%, ranking fourth after Samsung's 63%, LG Electronics Inc.'s 22% and Pantech Co.'s 7%, according to Counterpoint Research. 'But with Apple piggybacking on Samsung's large-screen strategy, there are concerns that Samsung will lose its only advantage, which has been its large screen sizes,' said Lee Seung-woo, an analyst with IBK Securities in Seoul. In the fourth quarter, Mr. Lee reckons the shipment figures for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 pair versus the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus pair could be drastically different, with the latter outselling the former by at least five times, globally.

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