SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – U.S. tech giant Apple Inc. released the latest editions of its iPhone lineup in South Korea on Friday amid the vacuum of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.
The country’s three major mobile carriers — SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Inc. — released the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus for sale via their retail stores across the country.
The 4.7-inch iPhone 7s is available for 869,000 won (US$767) for the 32GB model, 999,900 won for the 128GB model and 1,130,800 won for the 256GB model. The telecom companies said their subsidies range from 115,000 won to 122,000 won.
Yoo Byung-moon, a 25-year-old businessman operating in Seoul, became the first buyer of an iPhone 7 from KT Corp. Yoo, who waited in front of the KT headquarters in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul, for four days since Tuesday afternoon, was awarded by KT financial benefits worth 2.3 million won in celebration of his first subscription.
The release of the new iPhones came as Samsung Electronics Co. is struggling to win back public trust in South Korea and around the world following battery problems with its Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung Electronics halted production of the flagship Note 7 smartphone earlier this month after some of the devices caught fire.
Also Friday, Apple began sales of its new Apple Watch Series 2 that has features such as a built-in GPS and heart rate sensor. The smartwatch is available for 459,000 won.