After I have had a big and relaxed Friday lunch and desperately need some exercise, I get out of office and walk to the corner of Swanston St. and Bourke St. in the city. Plenty of sunshine, people are smiling and I know iPhone 5 is going to hit the shelf.
Telstra, Optus and Voda "you failed" fone all have opened shops in heart of the CBD. My first stop is Optus shop.
Surprised me, there are not a lot people inside the shop. But when I try to get in and have a look, I'm rejected because today is for Optus V.I.P. only.
As a not-so-valuable Optus customer, who pay NIL for Optus monthly service fee and make none phone call, dressed-up Optus girls at the shop entry ask me kindly and politely to "bugger off". Feel very very disappointed, I move on to the Vodafone shop next door.
Comparing to empty space in Optus shop, where you can set up free range chicken farm, it's quite crowdy in Vodafone shop. I notice a few pretty girls in the shop but just can't find the demonstrated iPhone 5. People queue up to pick up their already ordered iPhone 5 from counter. No one seems interested in asking me open the box for them, make a virgin voyage "down under" the product, then offer them some professional expertise. They just cherish something shining they have been waiting for so long and finally owned.
Another big disappointment, I come to Telstra super mall.
As the biggest telco in Australia, Telstra has the biggest showcase room in town. There is one counter set up with a dozen of iPhone 5 for demo. People already queued up to have a taste the latest hot gadget one by one.
I follow a queue with less people. The first impression when I hold iPhone 5 heartlessly is it's so lighter in hand. So light make you feel it's a product cheapish. Slide the bar and unlock the screen, I know why this queue has less people. The phone has been switched to a non-English, non-Latin, non-Chinese, non-Oriental, god damned know language and keyboard input!
"Go to hell you bloody dickhead …" I swear and curse the person who made this stupid stunt. However, depends on my memory, a few minutes tweak later, the phone is back to English, so I can start my testing now.
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