Groupola £99 iPhone shenanigans continue
We called shenanigans on the Groupola £99 iPhone offer yesterday and as avid Bitterwallet reader Dane told us by email, "Right again BW".
To refresh your memory, the Guardian ran an
advertorial tech story about the £99 offer - which offered Groupola newsletter subscribers the possibility to get a £99 iPhone 4 this morning starting at 9am. There was of course no mention of how many units would be available for these lucky subscribers.
This morning at 9am the Groupola site promptly went into meltdown making it nigh on impossible to get through checkout never mind load the page. Groupola claims 200 iPhones were available but the masses seem to disagree. The Groupola blog and Facebook page are in revolt with members claiming critical comments are disappearing as fast as they are posted.
Meanwhile the PR continues with the media eating up the spin. Techcrunch EU ran the official Groupola statement which claimed the site failed as "more than 5 million people have attempted to log on to the site" between 9am and 9.30am.
Put your thinking cap on for a minute folks. Despite the Apple hype there are not even 5 million iPhone owners in the UK (worldwide iPhone sales in all of 2009 were only 20m) never mind 5 million interested in one iPhone 4 model who knew about the Groupola offer and were able to login between 9am and 9.30am. As Penn & Teller say - Bullshit.
Disclosure: I am a founder of HUKD which could be considered a competitor to Groupola's owner Markco Media