Apple fans froze the websites of Taiwan's three telecom providers in their rush to snap up an iPhone 4S. (File Photo/Wang Ying-hao)
The websites of three major telecom providers in Taiwan were jammed Thursday by a huge volume of customers desperately wanting to get their hands on the iPhone 4S, which has been hailed as the last project of late Apple founder Steve Jobs. The smartphone is scheduled to be available at stores in Taiwan on Dec. 16.
Taiwan Mobile and Far Eastone Telecom both opened their online pre-order services for the device Thursday afternoon. The more than 2,500 free phone cases Taiwan Mobile had set aside for gifts with pre-orders were distributed within hours and Far Eastone's network was jammed by too many consumers, according to the Want China Times' Chinese-language sister paper the China Times.
Taiwan's largest provider Chunghwa Telecom, who started accepting pre-orders at 10 am Friday, said they expected 50,000 pre-orders based on previous experience and extended the bandwidth for its iPhone 4S pre-orders website. Although the telecom companies did not limit the number of phone case gifts and pre-orders, the orders and free cases are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The price of an unlocked iPhone 4S is expected to be slightly higher than previous version, around NT$25,400 (US$842). Chunghwa Telecom has lowered the price of the 8G version of the iPhone 3GS. Chunghwa and Apple both started to offer the iPhone 4 8G on their websites Thursday.
Chunghwa Telecom 中華電信
Far Eastone Telecom 遠傳電信
Taiwan Mobile 台灣大哥大