SINGAPORE: Long queues formed early Friday morning (Jul 26) at Huawei stores across Singapore to buy a smartphone at a promotional price of S$54 from the Chinese telecommunications firm. 

The promotion, which commemorates Singapore’s 54th National Day, is valid for Singapore citizens and permanent residents aged 50 and above as of Dec 31 this year.

At least several outlets ran out of stocks of the Huawei Y6 Pro 2019 even before the stores opened. 

Customers at Huawei stores at Jewel Changi Airport, Vivo City, NEX and Toa Payoh, told CNA that they were disappointed when they were notified by Huawei employees that only 20 to 30 units were allocated to each shop.

At the Vivo City outlet, Mr Ho Chwee Beng said he only found out about the limited stock after waiting for two hours.

“I feel really angry and frustrated. Everybody angry, not me only,” said the 65-year-old.

When asked if he will be coming back again to try to get the handset, he said: “Maybe you can stay now until tomorrow, no need to go back then you get one phone.”

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A sign at the Vivo City Huawei store says all handsets on offer are sold out. (Photo: Ruth Smalley)

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A sign at the Vivo City Huawei store says all handsets on offer are sold out. (Photo: Ruth Smalley)

Mr Alvin Tan, who was the second person in the queue at Huawei’s Jewel Changi Airport store, said he started queuing at 4am.

He said there were many angry customers who “came late and (are) making noise” at Huawei employees.

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Customers queue to get their hands on a Huawei Y6 Pro 2019 smartphone at Vivo City. (Photo: Ruth Smalley)

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Customers queue to get their hands on a Huawei Y6 Pro 2019 smartphone at Vivo City. (Photo: Ruth Smalley)

Another customer, who was at the Huawei store at Block 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, said many senior citizens were in the queue since 5am.

The promotion will run from Friday to Sunday, and each customer is limited to a purchase of two units.

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Police officers are seen at Vivo City, where customers queue to get their hands on a Huawei Y6 Pro 2019 smartphone at Vivo City. (Photo: Ruth Smalley)

CNA has reached out to Huawei for comments.