Although iPhone 5 has been launched in Hong Kong for almost a month (launched on the 20th of September), we are still receiving questions such as How to purchase iPhone 5 in Hong Kong? Whether iPhone 5 is available in electronics stores like Broadway, Fortress ect? How much is iPhone 5 now in Hong Kong?
For the moment, you still need to win the lottery through Hong Kong Apple official website first. You can register from 9:00am to 5:00pm (Hong Kong local time) everyday for the lottery and customers are required to input the Hong Kong ID card number for confirming. In other word, those who have not Hong Kong ID Card or aren’t Hong Kong residents cannot purchase iPhone 5 themselves directly from Hong Kong Apple online store.
For other electronics stores and other Apple authorized stores, you also hardly can find any stock of iPhone 5. In some Broadway stores, we found there were price tags of iPhone 5 with prices HK$ 8388 (16G), HK$ 9188 (32G) and HK$ 9988 (64G). But everything was sold out. In other authorized stores, they don’t carry any iPhone 5 for now. In Fortress we found a notice next to the Apple product counter that “The latest iPhone 5 are not available in the store”.
You also can try the “Sin Tat Plaza” where has the collections of paralleled traders. But be prepared for a much higher price for iPhone 5 (around HK$ 8500 – 9000 for 16G version).
The following contents we include a very detailed tutorial to show you how to order a iPhone 5 from Hong Kong Apple official website step by step.
Step 1 : Go to Hong Kong Apple Website (www.apple.com/hk/) and Go to the page of iPhone 5. Find the blue button “Buy” on the right side and Click it.
Step 2 : You will find it’s not leading you to the Apple online Store (because for the moment you still cannot directly purchase iPhone 5 even from Apple online store). Click the blue link “Apple Retail Store”.
Step 3 : Since you need to win a lottery, click the “Request a reservation”.
Step 4 : Then you will enter the steps for reservation and picking up.
Step 5 : Choose an Apple Retail Store that you wish to pick up your iPhone 5 if you win the lottery. For the moment, Apple has two Retail stores in Hong Kong, one is in IFC, another is newly opened on the 29th of September located in Festival Walk.
Step 6 : Choose the model you would like to have. There are altogether 6 options according to the capacity and colors.
Step 7 : After you choose the model you want, there will be a pop-out message for choosing a plan type: Contract or SIM-Free. I guess most of you would like to have a SIM-Free phone.
Step 8 : Each person can order maximum 2 units each time.
Step 9 : In the “Tell us how to reach you” section, you are required to fill in your Government ID number. For purchasing iPhone 5 in Hong Kong Retail Stores, a Hong Kong ID Card is needed for picking up. After filling in all the information, you can submit the reservation and wait the good luck coming to you.
Step 10 : If you are lucky and win the lottery, you will receive a confirm email from Apple before 9:00pm. If you don’t receive anything, it means you need to try your luck another time. You can repeat all the reservation process the second day.
There are many rumors about how many pieces of iPhone 5 Apple Hong Kong releases to customers everyday. Some says there will be only 100 pieces and other says there are around 400 pieces. No matter what, the chance of winning is about 5-10% everyday. So, Apple fans, good luck!
For the moment, it is not clear when Apple will release iPhone 5 to the authorized stores. We will keep updated and remember to come back and check out.