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This article was published on July 30, 2010

Sydney goes crazy as iPhone4 launches in 17 new countries [with video]

Sydney goes crazy as iPhone4 launches in 17 new countries [with video]
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Kim Heras is a Sydney-based technology writer and entrepreneur. His passions include the Australian startup industry, innovation and the Kim Heras is a Sydney-based technology writer and entrepreneur. His passions include the Australian startup industry, innovation and the web as an enabler of change. You can follow Kim on twitter - @kimheras

For people around the world who already have access to the iPhone4 it might be hard to understand how people are still so fanatical about lining up for the device – but they are, and the launch in Sydney, Australia, is a perfect example

At the main Optus Mobile store in Sydney, the line extended around the block then half way around again as people braved the cold for the midnight launch.

The star of the show, other than the iPhone, was international superstar Kelly Rowland who, earlier in the night, treated the first 50 people who lined up with a private show.

Around the city, other Telcos had reality TV stars, sporting personalities and other celebrities. It really  was one of the biggest product launches the city has ever seen.

Below is a video showing the magical store opening  moment (the countdown starts about 15 secs in) that Aussie iphone fans have been waiting for, including a cameo by a couple of particularly happy fellows. Love it!