Consumers of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone lined up in front of stores by the hundreds when the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G was released in the United States. However, in Poland several actors and actresses are being paid to line up in front of the stores that will start selling the iPhone tomorrow.
“We have these fake queues at front of 20 stores around the country to drum up interest in the iPhone,” according to a spokesman with Orange, a subsidiary of France Telecom SA (ADR) (NYSE:FTE) in an interview with Reuters. In the opening weekend, telecomm provider AT&T (NYSE:T) did not have to worry about whether it would the iPhone 3G would sell on the opening weekend or not. On the opening week, one million iPhone 3Gs were sold in the U.S.
There weren’t any lines at the T-Mobile Era stores. Should Apple be concerned? Probably not. Consumers will probably wait till the stores open and then start crowding.