Police in Bangladesh have baton charged mobile phone bargain hunters after application forms for a cut-price deal ran out.
The new operator was offering lower call tariffs
Thousands had queued in the capital, Dhaka, to take advantage of the offer from state-owned Teletalk Bangladesh.
When the forms ran out, crowds who had braved heat, rain and a nationwide strike vented their anger.
One businessman said Teletalk had given out only a few dozen forms and there were 5,000 people in the queue.
Teletalk managing director, M Obaidullah, said 1,900 connections were offered on the first day from 11 outlets.
"We thought that there would not be many applicants because of the nationwide strike," he said.
Businessman Shafiqur Rahman told the AFP news agency: "They cheated us. They should have said that only a few hundred would be on offer on the first day."
Policeman Shahid Chowdhury said: "We had to baton charge the crowd otherwise there would have been a stampede in front of the gates."
Mr Obaidullah promised more forms would be available from Saturday.
The company's plan is to sell 250,000 mobile phones by 2006 with a target of one million for the full project.
Bangladesh has four private mobile phone companies with a subscriber base of over two million.