updated 09:35 am EDT, Mon August 25, 2008
T-Mobile: 120,000+ iPhones
Deutsche Telekom's wireless division, T-Mobile, has sold over 120,000 iPhone 3Gs since the device's launch on July 11th, according to the division's CEO. Hamid Akhavan claims that "expectations were surpassed," and that at least 75,000 of the phones were sold in Germany. Many people wanting one have not yet been able to obtain it though, as Akhavan notes that a backlog exists due to delivery problems.
Akhavan specifically attributes the problem to Apple, which decided to launch the new iPhone in 22 countries simultaneously. This may have resulted in unusual shortages, and T-Mobile has been responsible for dividing units between Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, Reuters writes.
Akhavan has also weighed in on accounts of acknolwedged reception problems, which can lead iPhones to experience dropped calls or unnecessary switching from 3G broadband to EDGE. The CEO notes that while T-Mobile has had complaints from some Dutch customers, none at all have been received from Germans or Austrians. Apple's iPhone 2.0.2 firmware may allegedly resolve some of these errors.