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iPhone shatters AT&T record, dwarfs RAZR [u]

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Tue July 3, 2007

iPhone breaks AT&T record

Apple over the weekend sold more than 700,000 iPhones to rocket past analyst predictions and shatter AT&T's record by selling more iPhones in three days than Motorola's RAZR did in its first month. Apple's supply of iPhones depleted at more than half of its retail stores less than a week after the cellular handset hit shelves at 6:00 p.m. ET last Friday night. Buyers cleared out both Apple and AT&T stores in 10 states, with 95 of 164 stores selling out on Monday night, according to Bloomberg. Apple stores located in Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington state sold their entire stock of iPhones yesterday, and AT&T sold its entire stock at almost all of its 1,800 stores. [updated]

The near nationwide sellout came after AT&T reported over one million inquiries about the iPhone via its website shortly after the device debuted at Macworld 2007 in January. Shortly afterward, AT&T's CEO predicted "the largest commercial product launch in the history of electronics."

Research firm American Technology Research yesterday predicted that the iPhone would likely become the company's fastest selling product in history after reviewing initial sales numbers, and even speculated that the iPhone could rank among the fastest selling consumer electronics.

Dashing iPhone doubts

Conversely, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in mid-January laughed at Apple's iPhone, saying that the device isn't very useful for business customers because it doesn't have a keyboard. Ballmer also balked at the iPhone's high price, calling it the most expensive phone in the world.



After pointing to Microsoft's software on "millions and millions" of phones alongside Apple's "zero" in the market place, Ballmer hinted that Apple's most expensive phone might not fare well as the company's first cellphone offering.




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  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Replay Ballmer

    Now is when the media should be replaying the Ballmer interview where he laughs at Apple's pricing and says the iPhone will never sell.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Just a start

    After using my iPhone and showing it to co-workers and friends, many said they did not realize it did all it does. The word-of-mouth campaign will start (with 700,000 people showing off their iPhones). This is the same thing that happened with the iPod.

    Remember Apple only launched in the USA and has another 5.7 billion customers they have not reached,

  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Moved Up Two Weeks

    My Apple Store ship date moved up to 06 June from an initial 2 to 4 weeks.

    Canceled because I found them at a back woods AT&T in Alabama one day earlier.

  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Sorry Again

    06 July. I get so excited.

  1. Tralthamidor

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    But...

    Instead, CNN runs on their front page "Apple activation woes continue". Like it's an ongoing nightmare for the masses. Less than 1% is that bad. Besides doesn't ATT handle the activation?

  1. Tralthamidor

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    06 July

    07 July would probably be even more exciting.... :)

  1. hassanpr

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Funny

    Ballmer is one of the funniest and best comedians in the game today.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:activation woes contin

    Not to mention who WOULDN'T have trouble with activating over 700,000 phones in less than 72 hours?!?

    ...come on November (VZW contract end), come on...

  1. moldyapples

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    "might not fair well"

    Uh, shouldn't that be "might not FARE well"? And _my_ grades always sucked in English!

  1. shinykaro

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    That's a lot of iPhones

    Are these numbers confirmed in any way? We're still talking estimates and hyperbole, so I'm waiting for Apple to make an announcement.

    Anyone else think Apple will hold out from commenting on sales until they've hit one million?

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