The IPhone 4s may be a great phone, an iconic one, as it is somewhat endearing to the late Steve Jobs. It may have sold over 4 million units in the USA after three days of its release, but no matter how sentimental or popular the Iphone 4s can be, South Korea does not seem to care, as frenzy over the IPhone quickly faded. In fact, thousands of orders have been canceled, and the earlier reports of 300, 000 sales after pre-order has been debunk by South Korea’s SK Telecom and KT.
“That’s not true. The actual sales were below 150,000. As people made pre-orders with both SK Telecom and KT, as well as a certain local carrier’s policy to allow one customer to order a maximum three of the iPhone 4S, the numbers were out of control,’’ said one SK official requesting anonymity.
Better Spec Androids; IPhone 4s Hardware Issues
This feeling may have been due to the release of much higher spec Android phones in the recent months, sporting much bigger displays of between 4.3” to 5” (Samsung Galaxy Note). It does not help either to hear rumors of quad-core phones, such as the HTC Zeta, being released either this year or early next year. Furthermore, Long Term Evolution (LTE) is becoming a standard feature among new Android phones making Apple fall further behind in terms of data speeds development. Aside from these, there has been much criticism hurled at Apple for its failure to address hardware problems over the IPhone 4. Costumers also feel that Apple has still failed to address battery drain issues on its new IPhone 4s.
“I dropped my plan to buy the iPhone 4S. It’s not wholly-new and also there are big problems relating to hardware-related issues. I am a big Apple fan. But I’m very disappointed by the uncompetitive iPhone 4S,’’ said Park Yeon-gee, a 31-year-old office worker in Seoul, who’s been using the iPhone 4.
“Apple knows the problem however it has still not taken any action or even issued an official statement over the numerous battery-related complaints. It doesn’t make any sense,’’ said Cho Yong-hee, a 34-year-old employee at a local Internet firm, by telephone, separately.
Furthermore, IPhone 4s costumers were also experiencing a “hissing” sound while making calls in 3G. A South Korean Apple spokesperson has promised that future software updates would resolve the issue. Costumers, however, doubt Apples motivation behind all these.
“For me, Apple is a bully. It’s losing entrepreneurship. It seems quite evident that Apple is regarding Korean consumers as a `testing-tool’ for its devices, which is ridiculous,’’ said Ham So-young, a 27-year-old graduate student in Seoul.
Long Term Evolution (LTE)
LTE was also seen to be the reason for the decline of the IPhone 4s sales. South Korea’s telecoms are aggressively promoting LTE over 3G because of its ability to process data at a much higher speed. It is reported that over half-a-million have already subscribe to LTE services despite higher data plans.
Yet, All is not lost. SK Telecom and KT also reported that South Koreans are still eagerly waiting for the IPhone 5.