SEOUL, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- South Korea faced a larger-than- expected wave of preorders for the iPhone 4 on the day to start receiving reservations for the latest model of Apple Inc.'s smartphone, the local distributor said Wednesday.
According to South Korea's state-run KT Corp., it has received more than 60,000 preorders for the iPhone 4 in less than four hours since local time 6:00 a.m. (2100 Tuesday GMT) when the preorder process began.
Due to greater-than-expected influx of visitors which caused an overloading of the server, the KT's preorder website went through a delay for around an hour, the company said.
With continued preorders made throughout the day, KT said the actual shipment of the ordered smartphones will be made in September, without clearly settling the exact date.
The local telecommunication giant originally planned to release the iPhone 4 in July in South Korea, but later postponed the launch due to regulatory requirements.
Upon the arrival of Apple's new model in South Korea, local media expecting a more intense tug of war between Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4 and South Korean brand Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S.
Sales of Apple's previous model, the iPhone 3GS, have totaled to 850,000 since its launch in the nation at the end of 2009.
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