Four men line up for 10 days to get the first two iPhone 6 units – and to give them away

Four men line up for 10 days to get the first two iPhone 6 units – and to give them away
It seems that the very first two iPhone 6 units to be sold in the world will be immediately given away for free to two lucky Australians.

The whole endeavor is a PR stunt by Australian startup Alphatise. In short, Alphatise is a marketplace service, which helps shoppers find items they wish to buy at price points that the users themselves choose. It accomplishes said task via a dedicated app for iOS, Android, and desktop, which remembers users' criteria, scans online stores, and displays alerts when it finds the desired items and the desired price points (or below).

In order to increase its popularity, Alphatise ran a contest to give away two 4.7" iPhone 6 128 GB units in Space Gray. To enter the competition, all one had to do is register for the service. The contest ended today and the two lucky winners have been chosen, though, in order to be able to deliver on its promise, Alphatise has been preparing for the competition's end for more than a week.

It was on the 9th of September, when 4 patient men, representatives of the startup, were positioned in front of the Apple store in Sydney, Australia, and reserved spots № 1 and № 2 in the line for the new smartphones. They rotate in teams of 2 – one keeping the spots occupied during the day, the other – holding them during the night. Well, it seems their mission is nearing its end, with about 8 hours left for them to wait.

Due to time zones, the very first Apple store, offering the iPhone 6, to open its doors in 8 am on the 19th of September will be the one in Sydney. This means that the lucky Alphatise contest winners will not only get the new Apple flagships for free – they may get the very first ones to ever be in the hands of customers worldwide.


source: Mashable

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43 Comments

1. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

In this episode of Man Vs. Wild...

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And wild won

41. latinlegend

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Dont you mean worlds dumbest contest? One of my favorite shows by the way.

2. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Anyone have a clue on how many iPhones will be sold at AT&T stores (or how many they ship to any given AT&T store) for the first weekend?

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Not enough. Not because there's not enough supply, but because Apple loves to create shortages to put iDiots in a frenzy and generate hype.

13. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Should've known there'd be a smarta$$ response.

22. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

He's brainwashed into thinking that's what they actually do

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um...it's more like you are brainwashed into thinking that's not what they. Sure the demand is quite high now but what do you think is one of the best tools to create demand and hype? Yes fake shortages is a staple marketing tactic and I am pretty positive Apple is great at using it.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Is it possible but unlikely. Here is why. You have to consider this fact. iPhone usually starts production 3 months or so before it is released. Even with Foxconn and others dedicating factories that stay open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, I am not sure how many can be produced in that amount of time. I will assume they can make about 2-3 million per month. Apple always sells in less countries. It was 10 countries this time vs Samsung who has their device avail in 120 countries. How is it Samsung can have 2 or 3 million devices available for 12 times as many locations than Apple? Yet everyone keeps bragging about Apple's pre-order number. Here is why ti is stupid. When the Note 4 comes out, I will be able to walk right into my local carrier store and buy one. I won't have to stand in line and I can get whatever color I want. Now havign said that, if you go an wait at an Apple store for a day or 2, you still wont get a phone unless you are first in line. How is it, 100 people will stand in line and only 50 people might get a phone? How does a company that has $200Billion not have more units produced? After all they could easily open more factories...right? But see more factories means more overhead, more overhead means less profits. More overhead means you look lesser than your next best competitor. Apple buy the end of their fiscal year will sell more phones than Samsung per se as a single model. But Apple doesn't have the distribution or cash Samsung spends to make enough phones to where shortages are much more rare. I would say, Apple starts production late on purpose, so that tjeir arent enough phones, so fools will stand in line and so they can brand abot pre-orders. Samsung is still the pre-order king. Both the S4 and S5 has over 9M pre-orders. In fact for the first time I recall, the S5 was actually in short supply. But Samsung admitted it was because they didn't expect such a huge turn-up after some bad reviews of the S5 only being slightly better than the S4.

37. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

When I went to buy the Note 3, they were sold out.

29. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

See...who started to bash in this post. He is the one act like an idiot.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31669; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's not a certain amount allocated king. Get there early, my wife's headed to At&t at 10:30am. I'll take her place at noon. It's gonna be a madhouse bro.

14. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Yea, I know. I pre-ordered but accidently did the Next plan and don't want to lose my unlimited data plan I currently have. Just wondering how early I should get there. And when I do, if I see 40 people, should I turn around and leave. Also, I'm guessing the Note 4 will sell out too and there will also be a line for that..so say what you will about lines.

19. Damo579

Posts: 266; Member since: May 18, 2013

What time does the store open where you live? I live in NYC and the stores here are opening at 8AM.

20. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Same, 8am in the Dallas metroplex.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31669; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

8am in Vegas.

3. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

That's some Les Stroud Survivorman stuff right there...

5. xeonfire

Posts: 94; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

When i saw the headline, i thought its for some good cause, so its just marketing stunt, whatever.

6. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Aw so they've been on the line for an iPhone 6? what would happen if.. somehow.. they realize.. their beloved iPhone 6.. is the same iPhone 5S.. WITH JUST A BIGGER SCREEN!!!????

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That may be true, but it's also true. Same phone...BFD. Bigger screen, that matter to some. Maybe you're older or of poor sight, or maybe you're not a 4' tall midget with tiny hands and want a bigger screen. I definitely have my qualms with Apple and iOS, but I won't fault someone for wanting a screen that isn't Verne Troyer sized.

30. willytbk

Posts: 252; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Go home or troll somewhere else....boooooooo

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

36. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

so is every samsung phone except for maybe note 4 lets face it 2014 was the year of iterative enhancement but still i think iPhone has seen its biggest refresh yet . and one more think stop trolling dumbass , it is annoying . live and let live.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Any sign of darkjedi or mxy over there ?

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Camping next to the Apple store I'm afraid

42. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

With his middle aged saggy wife.....

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31669; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope darkkjedii is at work, making money. Off at 12pm, then to my local At&t. If it's ok with you?

35. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Lol....No need to get so worked up. You should reserve that sarcastic question for Tim when they're done trying to create artificial shortage for generating some hype.

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31669; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I couldn't care less what they create, as long as we get ours. I don't take this as serious as you do dude.

43. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You never take anything serious iPussicat, you can't even defend yourself, let alone your family. Cause you having an argument and getting a warning , mean much more than your family. And you say you care and love them. BS.

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