Apple iPhone 5 was launched in South Korea today, a base of its rival Samsung, with more release dates scheduled in 50 other countries later this month. The smartphone has arrived in the South Korea three months after California company announced the device in September. Mobile networks across the home of its rival, Samsung, have prepared extensively for the the launch of iPhone 5.
Two largest mobile networks in South Korea, SK Telecom and KT, had huge events to advertise the iPhone 5′s launch in the country. KT received 250,000 pre-orders before the launch while SK Telecom raked in 50,000 requests in two hours after the announcement of the opening of reservation services.
Talking about the pre-orders of iPhone 5, a SK Telecom executive said, “Online pre-orders ended just two hours after we received reservations on December 1, as we immediately racked up 50,000 requests.” Samsung, a South-Korean based company, has been embroiled with Apple over patent infringement issues.
China is scheduled to receive the iPhone 5 on December 14 along with Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and many other countries. December 21 will see the release of the smartphone in the Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt and other African countries.
Many analysts predict that iPhone 5 sales might be less, as it has been three months since the launch of the smartphone and it faces competition from Samsung Galaxy 3 and Galaxy Note 2, LG Optimus G and Pantech Vega R3. Apple will have a keen eye on the sales numbers of the smartphone in South Korea.