TIM Welsh was one of the first people in Warrnambool to get Apple’s latest iPhone.
The 18-year-old began waiting outside Telstra’s Koroit Street store at 5.45am yesterday to ensure he was the first in the queue for the launch of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
But the queue did not eventuate and Mr Welsh was on his own until another keen customer turned up at 7.30am for the store’s early opening at 8am.
Mr Welsh is a big fan of the iPhone and has bought a new one every year since 2010.
He said he liked the iPhone’s technology.
“It makes everything so easy,” he said.
While Mr Welsh, a student at Brauer College, uses the iPhone to text, access Facebook and other information through the internet and watch the AFL, he said his main use of it was to talk to his girlfriend.
He said he bought his iPhone 5S on contract so it was more affordable for him.
The other iPhone launched by Apple yesterday, the 5C, is a cheaper version and is recommended for regional and rural coverage areas.
Other phone retailers in Warrnambool also reported strong demand for the new iPhones.
Roy Morgan Research said there were more than five million iPhone owners in Australia.
However, it said only about four in 10 of them were potentially free to upgrade to the latest models.
Overall, in the six months to June this year, 2.6 million iPhone users (51 per cent) said they intended to upgrade their mobile at some point, whether to another iPhone or a different brand.
However, iPhone owners with a contract expiring in the next six months were much more likely to have a new model on their minds, with 72 per cent saying they intended to upgrade.
Optus chief executive officer Kevin Russell said data showed that when consumers switched from 3G to 4G handsets, activities such as streaming music and videos often doubled as users took advantage of faster download speeds.
“Without simple precautions, younger smartphone users, often unfamiliar with how much data their new 4G mobile is using, are more likely to exceed their limits, leaving mums and dads footing the bill,” Mr Russell said.