Apple Flooded with iPhone Pre-Orders in Korea

The latest iPhone 4S has arrived in Korea. Korea's two largest telecommunication firms SK Telecom and KT opened online pre-orders on Friday midnight and were immediately inundated with orders.

The website crashed due to high traffic at one point, and the two companies had over 200,000 pre-orders the same day, much more than the 130,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 in August last year. A total of 1.3 million iPhone 4S handsets were sold in the first day of its release in seven countries including Australia, Japan, and the U.S. last month, setting the new record.

Samsung Electronics is considering whether to file for an injunction to prevent the sale of the iPhone 4S in Korea. Samsung has already sued in Australia, France, Italy and Japan, saying Apples infringes patents for core communication technologies. A Samsung spokesman said it will make the decision around Nov. 11, when actual sales of the iPhone 4S start.

Samsung is poised to launch its own Galaxy S2 HD phone later this month.

englishnews@chosun.com / Nov. 07, 2011 13:41 KST