As you may or may not have heard Telecom threw a couple of launch events last night to celebrate getting the iPhone 4S. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch seemed to get the queues whilst Dunedin didn’t have much of anything. However in the other three centres a great time was had by all and, as far as we know, no one went home disappointed or empty-handed. Keep reading to see our launch party thoughts, video (nicely edited by Steve) and gallery of pictures.
Steve and I turned up at the Christchurch store just after 8pm, thinking there would be a number of people beginning to turn up already. Unfortunately we were the only ones there, with the exception of a few staff and the promo team. But slowly people began coming in and by midnight there were well over 60 people there, beating Wellington for numbers.
There was live entertainment from Lindon Puffin whose album, Hope Holiday, is available on iTunes on Monday and later in the evening Pizzas and Coffees kept us warm. Now you have to remember.. this isn’t the States, the UK or Aussie and numbers were never going to be as huge as there, but still we had a great turn out and in comparison to years-gone-by this was a great success.
Auckland had a great turn out with Dan Carter presenting the first iPhone 4S on XT at 12:01am to the lucky first customer who had been waiting in line since very early in the day. With entertainment from People of Paris and Josh Leys we understand that it was a fantastic night.
Wellington also had a great night with a similar set up to Christchurch with music, pizzas and coffees to keep everyone entertained and warm throughout the evening.
We also understand that Telecom still have stock at most of their stores today so if you didn’t make it to an event last night you may still be in luck.
The #4SonXT hashtag ended up trending on Twitter last night and it was great to see so many of you using it.
All-in-all it was a great night and Telecom did a fantastic job of launching the iPhone. Had it not been for them it is highly possible that we wouldn’t have seen any party again this year. We also want to say thanks to the great team at @TelecomNZ (Telecom’s Social Media presence) who kept everyone updated throughout the night. Our video and gallery are below but how was your night? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Finally we’d just like to note that whilst Vodafone and YooBee both had launch parties, no photos, videos or Tweets were sent to us and so we are unable to report on how they went. However please let us know in the comments if you went to one of their parties how it was.