The iPhone 4S, Apple’s latest smartphone model, is expected to be available at more than 1,000 outlets of Taiwan’s three largest telecoms operators when it goes on sale on Friday, market sources said yesterday.
The sources said that because of robust preorders, the three top operators — Chunghwa Telecom, Far EasTone Telecommunications and Taiwan Mobile — have pledged to try their best to provide local Apple fans with the iPhone 4S by making the product available through their sprawling distribution networks.
Following negotiations, the three telecoms operators agreed to start sales of the smartphone on Friday morning, the sources said.
They are expected to stage product-launching ceremonies at their flagship outlets near Vieshow Cinemas in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義), they said.
Since early this month, when the three telecoms operators launched preorders, more than 400,000 consumers have signed up for the purchases, including more than 200,000 potential buyers registering for Chunghwa Telecom’s services.
Chunghwa Telecom, which will have the smartphone available in 230 of its more than 500 outlets, said it expected its supply to satisfy the large number of potential iPhone 4S buyers.
Taiwan Mobile, which will have more than 300 outlets providing the smartphone, expects sales of the iPhone 4S to drive its growth for the fourth quarter.