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The only way to get an iPhone 5 in Hong Kong is to win the lottery

Apple’s (AAPL) new iPhone 5 is still a hot ticket item around the world, and buying one is becoming an increasingly difficult task in most regions. New U.S. orders placed using Apple’s online store currently ship in 3-4 weeks, which seems like a terribly long time to wait for a new smartphone — unless you live in Hong Kong. According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, the only way a new iPhone 5 purchased through Apple can be picked up at an Apple Store is by being selected in a special lottery.

“At Apple’s retail store, the iPhone 5 can be ordered online and a lottery process determines who is eligible for pickup at the store the next day,” White told AllThingsD after a visit to Hong Kong. “Based on our conversations, you might have a better shot at winning [an actual] lottery than getting the iPhone 5 the next day.”

Apple sold more than 5 million iPhone 5 handsets during the device’s first three days of availability and strong demand has seemingly still not subsided.


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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