Hundreds of Aussies queue in rain for iPhone 4

Apple has today started selling the iPhone 4 in 17 additional countries, and it looks like the whole 'antennagate' affair has done little to dampen enthusiasm for the popular device.

PC Authority reports that hundreds of people queued overnight in miserable weather to be the first Down Under to lay their hands on Apple's latest iteration of the Holy Handset.

A rain-soaked gathering of more than 400 stood outside Telstra's Sydney outlet waiting for the midnight launch, with a similar number braving the weather - and random abuse from passers-by - at the Optus store. Apparently one wag bellowed 'Baaaaaaaa' at the shivering crowd from a moving car, comparing the devoted crowd of Apple fans to sheep.

Sydney's Apple store was also mobbed by a crowd of hundreds, most of whom were buying the much-maligned yet much-loved handset outright.

As well as Australia, the iPhone 4 goes on sale in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland from today.

We expect similar reports from all of them.