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All-nighters, scalpers mark iPhone mania

By Zhu Shenshen (Shanghai Daily)

08:35, January 13, 2012

Apple fans, and scalpers, line up outside the Apple Store in Shanghai's Lujiazui financial zone last night waiting to snap up the iPhone 4S. The phone is on sale on China's mainland from today, three months after it was launched in the United States. But eager customers didn't have too long to wait as Apple Stores began selling the popular device at 7am. (Shanghai Daily Photo)

HOW do you get a new iPhone 4S that goes on sale today?

People have had to choose from among three ways: Stay up outdoors for a whole winter night, pay an additional 150 yuan (US$23.80) to hire a scalper or shop online, which will require waiting one or two weeks for the iPhone to arrive if you are lucky enough to procure one.

The demand shows the popularity of Apple's long-awaited iPhone 4S, even though its Chinese mainland debut is three months later than the US kick-off in October.

Before 7pm yesterday, at least 200 people had gathered in a line in front of the Apple Store in Lujiazui of the Pudong New Area. They had registered their identity card numbers and were allowed to buy two of the new iPhones.

"I will take the white models, probably one 16-gigabyte and one 32-gigabyte model," said a 40-year-old man at head of the line who declined to be identified.

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