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Apple already past three million in iPhone 3G sales?

updated 09:35 am EDT, Mon August 11, 2008

Apple past 3M iPhone 3Gs?

Apple has already shipped over three million units of the iPhone 3G, claims analyst Michael Cote, a former T-Mobile executive. If accurate, the figure may mark extremely high sales, far in excess of general Wall Street predictions between three to four million for the whole of the current quarter. The iPhone 3G is already believed to have sold approximately half the number of units the 2.5G model sold in its entire lifetime.

Apple has claimed that it shipped a million devices within the first three days of the iPhone 3G's availability, but precise sales records have not been published, and launch shipments are often larger than subsequent ones.

Several reasons are cited for the new iPhone's success. The first of these is price, as while the product may actually cost more in the long run -- due to new text and data plans -- the initial cost has been lowered to as little as $199, luring in those put off by the $400 to $600 pricetags of the original gadget.

The iPhone 3G is also believed to be capitalizing on the appeal of touchscreen phones as a fashion accessory, something its predecessor helped usher in. Cellphones are said to frequently be treated as fashion items, the most famous example prior to the iPhone being Motorola's RAZR, which has sold over 100 million units.

International release is another major factor, as while the first iPhone was sold in just a handful of countries, the 3G variant is now in 22, and Apple is aiming towards 20 more by August 22nd. A full 70 nations are expected to have the phone by the end of the year, although Cote notes that demand is so high, Apple may struggle to expand and satisfy existing markets at the same time.




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  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    wow

    Offer it at half the price, add the couple of features most were bemoaning (and now bemoan because of how it drains battery life - wow, Steve was right about that!), and offer it in a whole bunch of new countries, and you'll sell more than before.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    shipped or sold?

    I seem to recall criticism of Microsoft when it conflated data of both shipped and sold? Which is it? Or is it only okay when Apple (or its friendly neighbourhood media types) does it?

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    option

    Well, you could always turn 3g and wifi off to save teh battereez..

    Glad to have it there, just wish I could shoot p*** vids..

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Feathers

    Feathers is partially correct... the article says "shipped" not sold... And there is always some bashing on MS when the clam numbers of units shipped.

    BUT there is a difference with regards to MS Vista or other OS's. Because Dell, HP, etc get serial numbers in huge amounts, which does not equate to sales. MS could give Dell 2 million serial numbers and claim those as sales.

    just my 2 cents :)

  1. MeandmyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Maybe ship...

    Maybe ship those iPhones to stores that show it as unavailable on Apple's website iPhone availability page?!

    I agree, units shipped and counted as 'what is out there' when in reality it is just sitting on the store shelf waiting to be sold versus actually being sold can play havoc with numbers and perception of a product's success or failure. That being said, why would, in another article http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/08/04/applealreadybuildingiphonesatrateof40millionayear.html, say Foxconn is producing 800,000 units a week, above current full capacity, if the thing wasn't selling. I mean what business wants hundreds of thousands of their item just being shipped to sit on a shelf some place and not be selling and yet have their manufacturer ramp up production "to meet some 'faux' demand"? It don't make sense to me!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    maybe

    Apple is shipping half their iPhone stock to some unopened Apple store in the middle of Bulgaria. This way they can talk up how much has shipped AND keep conning people into standing in lines for who knows how long to keep they hype going! It's so obvious, I wouldn't be surprised to find out there's an unopened MS store right next door with Zunes piled to the ceilings.

    Of course, why people would stand in line when they can order it from an AT&T store, be called when it comes in a couple of days later, activate in 20 minutes and not have to wait in line at all, that's all beyond me.

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