Apple halts sale of iPhone 4S amid customer anger

Apple halts iPhone 4S sales in Beijing after angry crowd pelts Beijing Apple store with eggs

Associated Press
Beijing Apple store egged after iPhone delay

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Hundreds of customers queue up to purchase a new smartphone iPhone 4S at an Apple Store early Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 in Shanghai, China. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

BEIJING (AP) -- Apple Inc. postponed sales of its iPhone 4S in its mainland China stores Friday after angry customers and gangs of scalpers threw eggs at the company's flagship Beijing store.

The violence erupted after the store failed to open on schedule at 7 a.m. Hundreds of people waited overnight in freezing weather at the store in the Sanlitun district on Beijing's east side for a chance to buy the high-end smartphone.

The company said it canceled the opening due to safety concerns about the waiting crowd of hundreds of people.

Apple announced the iPhone 4S will not be sold at its mainland China stores for the time being to protect the safety of customers and employees. It said the phone still will be sold online and through its local carrier.

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