'Cheap' iPhone rolls out with hefty price tag
TOKYO (AFP) - Apple acolytes got their hands on new iPhones on Friday in the global roll-out of two new models, but failure to make headway in China and complaints about the price struck a sour note.
The once-unbeatable king of the smartphones has penned a potentially lucrative new deal with Docomo, Japan's biggest mobile carrier, but is without a new alliance in the vast Chinese market.
That, and rumblings over the high cost - even of the pared-down iPhone 5C - could mute the fanfare that routinely accompanies launches, observers say.
The double debut kicked off in Australia when stores threw open their doors to eager crowds at 8.00am (6am Singapore time).