Customers flock to Apple store as iPhone 4S goes on sale


Hundreds queue for new iPhone in central London, but O2 is only operator to attract queues on release day

Apple fans flocked to Apple’s flagship store on Regents Street in London today as the iPhone 4S went on sale.

Around 350 people were in the queue outside the store, which stretched into a nearby square where Apple had set up a line of barriers to cope with the numbers hoping to get their hands on the device.

The first two customers to enter the Apple store and emerge with the new iPhone were Daniel James, 26 from London and Craif Fox, 30 from Cambridge.

The pair (pictured bottom), who together run the iPhone jail breaking festival My Great Fest, said they had been camped outside the store for 160 hours.

O2 stores in central London attracted more modest queues. The operator was only offering the iPhone 4S to upgrading customers, and was not offering the device on pre-order.

However, there were no queues outside nearby branches of Orange, Three, Carphone Warehouse or Phones 4U.

And T-Mobile stores in the area were not even open before 9AM.