iPhone 4 a hit despite antenna hype

Superior model sees more excitement

The iPhone 4 goes on sale in Australia on July 30, 2010

The iPhone 4 goes on sale in Australia on July 30, 2010

Last night thousands of people around the country braved the winter and queued to get their hands on the most anticipated technology device of the year – the iPhone 4. Apple’s latest generation mobile handset is now available in phone stores.

Recent hype around iPhone 4 antenna problems did not seem to dent the enthusiasm, with people more than happy to take the plunge and commit to a 24-month contract.

Possible mobile reception issues aside, the iPhone 4 is superior to its predecessors in almost every way. And the amount of applications it supports just keeps on climbing.

The response to the midnight launch was overwhelming, if not expected, and people were happy to queue up the street to be one of the first to experience the new handset.

Queues were not confined to city stores either with one TechWorld reader reporting a long line up today outside the Optus store in Tuggerah on the NSW Central Coast.

This week the three mobile carriers, Telstra, Optus and VHA (Vodafone and 3) whetted the appetite of the iPhone-hungry public by releasing their pricing and plan details ahead of the midnight launch parties.

To buy the new phone outright will cost from $859 for the 16GB model.

Rodney Gedda is Editor of TechWorld Australia. Follow Rodney on Twitter at @rodneygedda. Rodney's e-mail address is rodney_gedda@idg.com.au. Follow TechWorld Australia on Twitter at @Techworld_AU.

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