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The first ever Finnish Jolla phones were sold in Helsinki, Finland. The event took place at a specially built stage and tent close to the railway station and was hosted by DNA, a Finnish challenger carrier, in partnership with Jolla. The event was dubbed “The world’s funniest queue”.
At the event 450 Jolla phones were sold. A fantastic kick off to sales. The first ever Jolla phone was bought by 18-year-old Henri Huttunen, who had arrived for queuing already at one o’clock in the afternoon, four hours before the doors opened and six hours before the sales started.
“I have waited for my Jolla phone for one and a half years, since the product was published. Finally my dream came through. The waiting in the queue during the final hours was just nice, it was interesting to talk to complete strangers, as we shared the same passion” said Henri Huttunen. “The first call I made on my Jolla phone was to my girlfriend”, he revealed.
Starting in coming days the consumers who pre-ordered will receive their new Jolla phones. During December normal sales will start at DNA shops, however only after all pre-orders have been delivered.
During the sales kickoff event there was for example also a show by free-style rap artists and dance show.
Jolla represents the independent spirit of technological Finland, which is the birthplace of world changing technologies and companies such Linux and Nokia
Below you can find pictures from the event:
For the event a huge tent was built at Narinkkatori square outside the Helsinki railway station and Kamppi shopping center.
A long queue was formed.
At the front of the pack there was Henri Huttunen, who became the first ever Jolla customer. Marc Dillon, who is in charge of software development and co-founder of Jolla, came to say hello to Henri when he arrived.
Event speaker Kirsi Salo:
First customer Henri got some special guidance from Marc Dillon.
From here people could receive their phones:
Jolla and DNA had a short press event prior to the event. As speakers there were Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki and DNA Kauppa CEO Sami Aavikko and Cedric Kamtsan, who is responsible for the Jolla project at DNA.
Jolla personnel were proudly presenting their products.
DNA Kauppa CEO Sami Aavikko wished everyone welcome.
Marc Dillon and other Jolla co-founders took the stage.
The sales start was preluded by a dance show…
….ending with a confetti rain…
…and simultaneously Henri buying his Jolla phone as first person in the world…
… followed by the rest of the 450 buyers.