Signs of “crazy interest” in Steve Jobs’ tablet computer in Scandinavia, Europe and Asia
Could enthusiasm for the iPad be even greater overseas than it is in the U.S.?
Exhibit A: Two Apple AAPL resellers in Norway have been overwhelmed by eager buyers whose pre-orders exceeded expected supply in less than a week.
Eplehuset didn’t disclose exactly how many pre-orders it had received, but the Norwegian website iPodi reports that the number had reached four figures and that the 64 GB model was the most popular. A second reseller, Humac, has also stopped taking pre-orders for “iPaden,” although the Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi models are still listed on its site.
Meanwhile, London’s The Independent reports that five major mobile carriers — Telefonica (TEF), Hutchison, Vodafone VOD , France Telecom and T-Mobile DT — are vying for the rights to sell 3G wireless coverage in Europe. Each is reported to have had board-level discussions with Cupertino. Said one source: “All the players will be speaking to Apple.
And on Tuesday, iPhonAsia‘s Dan Butterfield reported that Apple’s website in China, despite government restrictions on mobile devices with Wi-Fi capability, has started taking “indications of interest” from potential customers — recording the e-mail addresses of those who would like to be notified when the iPad goes on sale. “This does not necessarily assure that iPad will be available in China,” writes Butterfield. “But it’s an encouraging sign.”
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