The recent launch of the iPhone in South Korea gets off to a strong start

The recent launch of the iPhone in South Korea has gotten off to an impressive start, with the KT Corp, the largest mobile carrier in the country, already reporting pre-orders in the range of 65,000.

Writing for CNN, Philip Elmer-De Witt writes that the recent launch of the iPhone in South Korea has gotten off to an impressive start, with the KT Corp, the largest mobile carrier in the country, already reporting pre-orders in the range of 65,000. While iPhone launches abroad typically create a frenzy among consumers, the apparent success of the iPhone in South Korea is noteworthy because it comes on the heels of the iPhone's somewhat lukewarm introduction in China, a country with an inordinate number of cell users.

To be fair, there are a lot of reasons why the iPhone has thus far failed to take China by storm (high prices, an abundance of knockoffs etc.) And on the flip side, South Korea only recently changed a law which required all locally sold mobile phones to come from South Korean manufacturers like Samsung. That being the case, the iPhone may be a welcome breath of fresh air for South Korean consumers used to a limited number of phone options. Moreover, and this may be a first, but the iPhone in South Korea is actually cheaper than comparable phones for sale in the country.

Below is the first ad for the iPhone in South Korea.

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