AUSTRALIANS were among the first in the world to get their hands on the new model iPhones yesterday but few in Albury seemed to care.
Matthew Hardinge arrived at the Telstra store with a camping chair and cup of coffee at 7am, ready to join the queue waiting to buy the new iPhone 5c and 5s.
But there was nobody else there.
Two people joined him just before the store opened at 8am.
It was a tiny turnout compared with last year’s crowd of 60 who waited at the Dean Street store for the iPhone 5.
Despite the slow opening, Telstra Albury store manager Shaun Graef believed they would still sell all 85 units by the end of the day, with some sold within 15 minutes.
At Albury’s JB HiFi, two customers had waited out the front of the store for the new phones, while no one waited out the front of the Optus dealer.
Asked whether he was annoyed to have camped out at Telstra with little competition, Mr Hardinge responded with “maybe”.
“Nah, it’s all good ... I got the phone.”
He also got a free coffee, with Telstra staff taking pity on the man sitting out in the cold.
“We were expecting quite a few people so the least we can do is offer a coffee while they wait,” Mr Graef said.
Due to time differences, Apple said Australia’s stores were the first in the world to open yesterday and begin selling the new smart phone.