Angry Cambodians demand iPhones
Phnom Penh - Two dozen Cambodians staged a protest after a leading mobile phone company texted them they had won iPhones and then refused to hand over the prizes, citing a technical error, media reports said on Wednesday.
Metfone, Cambodia's largest mobile phone company with more than six million subscribers, texted dozens of subscribers telling them they had won Apple's latest model, the iPhone 4S, but when the winners, who had each paid 30 cents to enter the contest, came to claim the phones, Metfone refused to honour the claims, The Phnom Penh Post newspaper said.
One winner, Oung Sopheak, said he would not leave until he received his prize.
"I celebrated with my friends last night," the 30-year-old was quoted as saying. "We drank a lot of beer, but now [Metfone] won't give us our phones."
Metfone spokesperson Tevy Lim blamed "a serious system error", and said the company was sorry.
She said Metfone had offered the winners $5 in lieu of the iPhone, which retails in the US for up to $849, a small fortune in impoverished Cambodia.