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Singapore lines up for the iPhone 5

Apple's latest iPhone launched at 8 a.m. local time in the Asian city-state, and plenty of folks queued up overnight for it.

M1's LTE mascot, Jack, kicks off the launch of the Apple iPhone 5.
Jacqueline Seng/CNET Asia

Like their compatriots across Asia, many Singaporeans couldn't wait to get their hands on the iPhone 5. So up they queued the night before -- not five days ahead of time, as in New York, or three days, as in Sydney, but still plenty early.

Here are some scenes from the launch at two Singapore carriers, which started at 8 a.m. local time. For more, see this CNET Asia slideshow.

M1 gave out goodie bags containing water and a fan to those who were in the queue. The bag says "I've got the iPhone 5 on Singapore's First Nationwide 4G network." Jacqueline Seng/CNET Asia
Local telco SingTel held its launch at the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort. Some 68,000 subscribers expressed interest in getting the iPhone 5, but only 10,000 of them managed to secure an appointment to purchase the iPhone 5 this weekend. Reuben Lee/CNET Asia
The larger venue meant that the operator could set up as many as 55 counters to facilitate the buying process. Reuben Lee/CNET Asia