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Orange paying actors to line up for iPhone in Poland

Orange, one of two carriers of the iPhone 3G in Poland and the country’s largest mobile operator, has admitted to paying actors to stand in line for the handset in order to attract customers. “We have these fake queues at front of 20 stores around the country to drum up interest in the iPhone,” an Orange spokesman said. Rival carrier Era’s stores had no lines for the phone, which went on sale in Poland and twenty other countries today.

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1

I am ashamed to be Polish reading this….no wonder we get made fun of all the time… :-)

Posted by Adam on August 22, 2008 at 10:22 AM (CDT)

2

There HAS to be a joke in here somewhere.

Posted by Jordan on August 22, 2008 at 12:12 PM (CDT)

3

No need to be ashamed or search for a joke, it happens all over the world….at the Olympics huge numbers of ‘volunteers’ are put in to the audience to make certain events look popular, in this country an airline hired actors to fill planes so that it didn’t get penalised by the airport for not honouring a contract based around numbers of passengers it would carry per year. Happens all the time.

Posted by Rob on August 22, 2008 at 3:13 PM (CDT)

4

Shame that so many organizations “all over the world” feel they have to do things like this to impress.  I suppose it’s not surprising.

Posted by Range on August 24, 2008 at 6:00 PM (CDT)

5

Can someone explain to me why Orange was so eager to talk about it?  I mean, if they hired the actors, wasn’t the intention to create the appearance of demand?  So why puncture that illusion by publicizing the fact that they hired actors??

Posted by JW on August 25, 2008 at 4:15 PM (CDT)

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