Korea’s exclusive iPhone 4 carrier, KT, reportedly sold 130,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders within 13 hours today. Pre-orders were issued via KT’s website and their 2900 retail stores across Korea. Like the initial iPhone 4 pre-order launch in the U.S. and other initial launch countries, the website servers crashed and many people were not able to get their order through. 130,000 pre-orders in Korea is a major rise from the 14,500 first day iPhone 3GS pre-orders in 2009. As a comparison 600,000 pre-orders were issued on the first day of initial launch in the U.S. and other launch countries.
KT was initially set to launch the iPhone 4 on July 30th, until they were omitted from that international launch due to government certification reasons. The iPhone 4 will officially get into Korean consumers hands in September, but an exact launch date is yet to be announced. As Fortune reports, the Android Samsung Galaxy S Android phone sold 300,000 units in its first 19 days on sale in Korea. So that’s more than double the iPhone 4 pre-orders but it took 18.5 more days.