A graduate student from Phichit province who had queued up since yesterday morning was the first person in Thailand to get the new iPhone 5 handed out by Truemove early this morning.
Distribution of the pre-ordered phones began on the stroke of midnight at Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok, where more than 1,000 eager Apple fanboys queued for one of the long-awaited new smartphones.
The first unit was handed out to Pongpipat Penpone, 23, a Phichit province native who is currently a graduate engineering student at King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok. He had been waiting since 10.30am Thursday.
According to the official Apple website, the price of a 16 GB iPhone 5 starts at 22,900 baht, or about 1,555 baht cheaper than without-contract phones available through Thai wireless service providers. The iPhone 5s are pricier in Thailand due to a higher marketing cost and the currency exchange rate.
Currently, iPhone 5s with 32 GB storage capacity are priced at 26,500 baht each and 29,000 baht for each of the 64 GB units on the website. These are all cheaper the phones offered by the Thai wireless operators but with three to four weeks shipping and handling delays.