Apple sells 1 million iPhone 3Gs in 3 days to make a kill

July 14th, 2008 - 11:53 pm ICT by David M N James  

IphoneMobile phone users and technology savvy wanabe’s defied sluggish sign-up procedures and a worldwide crash of the Apple’s computerized activation system and bought the 3G technology iphone. Apple sold a whooping one-millionth 3G phone Sunday, three days after its debut. “iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend,” CEO Steve Jobs enthusiastically told it away to the press “It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world.”

On the debut of the iphone Apple had sold about 450,000 iPhones worldwide and this made pundits to estimate that Apple would spend at least 17 days to hit the one million mark. The discrepancy is related to how Apple counts sales. Sales at Apple Stores are recorded at the register. But sales to its partners AT&T and the overseas carriers are recorded when the devices leave the loading docks in Asia. This means that some of those 1 million iPhones recorded as sold by Apple are still in transit. According to analysts Munster “We underestimated the number of phones sold per hour throughout the weekend and Apple’s recovery from activation issues. While we believe Friday’s 24 phones per hour is probably a close guess for Friday, the number likely increased significantly on Saturday and Sunday, and well above our previous estimate of 28 phones per hour.” Apple has also announced that iPhone and iPod touch owners have downloaded more than 10 million applications from the App Store since it launched last week. Steve Jobs has called it “a grand slam.”

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