Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Call Was Put out for New iPhones

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Call Was Put out for New iPhones

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter

HUNDREDS of technology fans queued in Newcastle yesterday as the latest model of the iPhone was released.

More than 500 people queued outside Eldon Square to buy the iPhone 5s and 5c.

It went on sale at 8am yesterday and people arrived as early as 4am to get in the queue to snap one up.

But many were disappointed when the iPhone 5s sold out within hours of going on sale.

Stephen Carter, 51, travelled from Stockton-on-Tees with his future son-in-law Ben Chapman, 23, to buy his new phone at Eldon Square.

Stephen, a partner in Beanie Girl gift shop in the Castlegate Centre, said: "I came to get the 5s in space grey but I was told they had just sold out. I didn't want to queue so I must have come too late. However, I will order it online or come back on another day.

I have an iPhone 4 at the moment so I can live without the 5s for a little while longer. I was coming to the Apple Store anyway as I wanted a wifi box, which I managed to get."

Shops at the Metrocentre and Eldon Square opened their doors at 8am with shoppers flooding through the doors. Crowds started arriving around 4am in Newcastle, while some had been waiting since 5am at the Metrocentre. In London at Apple's flagship store at Regent Street people set up tents overnight. The 5s introduces a finger print sensor to identify the user and comes in gold, silver and space grey, while the 5c comes with a plastic back in a range of colours. The 5s price ranges from PS549 to PS709 and the 5c from PS469 to PS549.

Asad Rahman, 24, of Newcastle, said: "I bought the 5s in grey. I had to get the 32GB because the 16GB had sold out. It cost me more money but I'm pleased with it."

Devraj Nataray, 24, a Newcastle University student, from Jesmond, Newcastle, said: "I bought the iPhone 5c in blue for PS469. …

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