Rowdy mobs in Finland crazed over the... iPhone 4

Rowdy mobs in Finland crazed over the... iPhone 4
While most of Apple fans are waiting in line to get their hands on the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, some of their counterparts in Finland were busy fighting over... the iPhone 4. That's right, a local retailer that got its hands on a bunch of refurbished iPhone 4 and is selling them for €99 apiece, has stirred trouble in the Scandinavian country as demand far exceeded supply. 

Apparently, Verkkokauppa -- the retailer in question -- doesn't have quite big enough of an inventory of the iPhone 4, so each of its brick-and-mortars only had 50 units available and customers were only allowed ten at a time. As you can see from the footage below, this caused some trouble, as some Finns simply had to get one, prompting store managers to call the police. 

So what's all the fuss about? Well, apparently, handsets in the country are almost exclusively sold at full price, and the closest thing to a subsidy is the ability to pay off your device in small installments over a year or two. Unfortunately, this means no actual savings, and the situation is similar in other European countries, too. Check out the video below.


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41 Comments

2. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Srsly? I mean, is this planet earth? or am I nowhere near?

22. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Welcome to Finland, earthling.

40. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Verkkokauppa is Finnish for Walmart?

6. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

This...........is like 2010!

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This video makes Finland look like Russia. Gives a bad image :)

11. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Does this mean in Finland Iphone is the 2nd best phone after Nokia?

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's pretty darn popular. But people are starting to realize that Android gives better value for money.

15. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

And Nokia popularity is going down because it's not Finnish anymore.

16. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Blame it on Elop.

19. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Why are you talking about Russia, you are giving a bad image to Russians

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Because Russia my friend :)

29. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Stop spamming child.

35. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Not spamming. Not at all.

38. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

wow, age bashing? I thought tech was a forum where age doesn't matter, mostly because I know 12 year olds who can code circles around me - however they are too impatient for the more skilled trades, such as oxyacetylene welding, full pc assembly, and marshmallow roasting; so I'll give you that.

10. MegaEvolution

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Smart and educated Finn, glad we all love in first world where higher education adopted :)

17. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Educated my @$$, third world has much more Educated

21. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

So much so you have much more excellent grammer (sic)

13. Mena13Suvari

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Well, for 100 euros its a good deal, but nonetheless, come on, country of mighty Nokia? Damn shame!

14. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Former mighty Nokia. But yes this is shameful.

18. Rager722 unregistered

Does Finland get the iPhone 6?

20. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yup, 26th of September.

23. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

Isn't Finland the only country where nokia actually sells stuff considering it was founded there

24. peanut

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

"So what's all the fuss about? Well, apparently, handsets in the country are almost exclusively sold at full price, and the closest thing to a subsidy is the ability to pay off your device in small installments over a year or two. Unfortunately, this means no actual savings, and the situation is similar in other European countries, too." Thing is, that for example in finland, you can get unlimited text, calls and lte data (unlimited too), for as low as 25 € / month, with the ability to switch to another carrier whenever you like. Plus phones aren't locked to single carrier, no matter where you buy it. So in the end all that matters is the total price you're going to pay, not just the price of the phone. But still... This looks so dumb... And this really is how some of us behave. We don't line up for latest and greatest gadgets, we line up for 1 € microwaves and 100 € iphones...

25. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I always buy my phone at full price, because it's cheaper than on contract.

26. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Funny that the video ended up here. 99€ was quite a bargain.

30. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I still can't understand why people behave this way for iPhones.

31. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Me neither. And to top it off, it's a phone that was made years ago.

41. toddski

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

I'm embarrassed for these losers. A iPhone 4???? I wouldn't wait in a line for the new iPhone 6 even if they were giving them away for free. Apple sucks. In my opinion it's android, then Windows phone, then blackberry, then the garbage can.

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