Apple Sells 525,000 iPhones in Three Days

It would appear the marketing powerhouse has done it again. The apparent lack of standard phone features, the fact that AT&T is the only possible service provider as well as a particularly elaborate and steep pricing scheme, was not enough to stop Apple from selling around 525,000 iPhones from 6:00 PM Friday evening through close of business on Sunday. Well done Apple; quite an achievement!

On the other hand, Apple's iPhone launch didn't go off glitch free: many users complained of activation problems with AT&T's servers and were forced to activate through iTunes. "We are working on any issues on an individual basis with customers who were impacted," said Michael Coe, a representative for AT&T. An Apple spokesman said: "There are a small percentage of iPhone customers who have had a less than perfect activation experience."

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half million in usa only? that's show how strong are problems with american society... too much of people doesn't have their mind under control. they are just like in matrix - they are totally controllable from outside, unreservedly trusting any ads and anything what politics says...

Deduct the price of one of Apple's 4-8gb ipods with a large screen off the price of the phone, and then debate whether the phone is expensive or not.

Or, stop your bitching and start saving cash to get one.

Ill get it when you can put native 3rd party software on the phone not this java / ajax crap. Its great theres a large amount of users since there will be lots of software people will make once they figure out how. Till then, my windows smartphone will be with me.

For all you commenting on people being idiots for buying the phone...you simply don't understand why they are buying it, much as you don't understand what draws most people to macs....simplicity and attention to detail. Lets take this quote from one of the creators of Penny Arcade as to why he switched to an iPhone (yeah yeah im sure next people will say apple paid him)

"Having serviced Macs at one point in my illustrious IT career, I understand that there is simply an Apple Way of doing things, and it is often a very, very good way but it's still their way as opposed to some natural ratio of the universe. It's not universal, and there are strange blind spots, but there is a reason that their chosen people hoist the banner. My old phone, one based on Windows Mobile 5.0, had almost every feature the iPhone has - point by point. The differences between the products (like the differences between their desktop cousins) have to do with how functionality is exposed to the user. In this matter, you'll find that Apple's product is almost infuriatingly superior.

Yes, we know the iPhone has less features....just like the ipod has less features then other MP3 players that are better and cheaper, but SIMPLICITY is key as is attention to design. No phone looks as cool as the iPhone. Say what you want , but "cool" is what sells when it comes to portable electronics.

So far almost every article that asked "does the iphone live up to it's hype" the answer has been yes. I know quite a few people who bought one or are buying one after they say all the various videos showing just how hard it is to scratch the screen and from looking at mine..they see mine, they are amazed by how "cool" it is, and half the "lacking" features are things the general public doesn't care about anyway.

Think, when you see celebrities walking around with sidekicks and the rappers who immediately show off the latest blackberries do you honestly believe they have them synced up to a BES server and are mapping their exchange boxes? Do you think they know or even care about those features? No, they buy them because they look "cool". Your shortly going to see every celebrity in hollywood with an iPhone which is only going to raise sales further through their copycat fans

Qumahlin said,
For all you commenting on people being idiots for buying the phone...you simply don't understand why they are buying it, much as you don't understand what draws most people to macs....simplicity and attention to detail. Lets take this quote from one of the creators of Penny Arcade as to why he switched to an iPhone (yeah yeah im sure next people will say apple paid him)

"Having serviced Macs at one point in my illustrious IT career, I understand that there is simply an Apple Way of doing things, and it is often a very, very good way but it's still their way as opposed to some natural ratio of the universe. It's not universal, and there are strange blind spots, but there is a reason that their chosen people hoist the banner. My old phone, one based on Windows Mobile 5.0, had almost every feature the iPhone has - point by point. The differences between the products (like the differences between their desktop cousins) have to do with how functionality is exposed to the user. In this matter, you'll find that Apple's product is almost infuriatingly superior.

Yes, we know the iPhone has less features....just like the ipod has less features then other MP3 players that are better and cheaper, but SIMPLICITY is key as is attention to design. No phone looks as cool as the iPhone. Say what you want , but "cool" is what sells when it comes to portable electronics.

So far almost every article that asked "does the iphone live up to it's hype" the answer has been yes. I know quite a few people who bought one or are buying one after they say all the various videos showing just how hard it is to scratch the screen and from looking at mine..they see mine, they are amazed by how "cool" it is, and half the "lacking" features are things the general public doesn't care about anyway.

Think, when you see celebrities walking around with sidekicks and the rappers who immediately show off the latest blackberries do you honestly believe they have them synced up to a BES server and are mapping their exchange boxes? Do you think they know or even care about those features? No, they buy them because they look "cool". Your shortly going to see every celebrity in hollywood with an iPhone which is only going to raise sales further through their copycat fans

Beautifully stated - how functionality is exposed to the user. This is key to the Apple vs. Others argument. The way Apple *implements* technologies and *exposes them to the user*, is in most instances, infuriatingly superior indeed. It's all about design. It;s all about getting things done on a device with an interface that looks good and actually invites the user to keep using it.

For people wondering about the phrase, "The Apple Experience", this is at least in part, the crux of the issue.

Qumahlin said,
Yes, we know the iPhone has less features....just like the ipod has less features then other MP3 players that are better and cheaper, but SIMPLICITY is key as is attention to design. No phone looks as cool as the iPhone. Say what you want , but "cool" is what sells when it comes to portable electronics.

Simplicity = lack.

And the cool design of the iphone is far to be a new concept. Iphone cannot impress any pocketpc users.

Qumahlin said,
Yes, we know the iPhone has less features....just like the ipod has less features then other MP3 players that are better and cheaper, but SIMPLICITY is key as is attention to design. No phone looks as cool as the iPhone. Say what you want , but "cool" is what sells when it comes to portable electronics.

LMAO so if i bring out a phone that just makes calls and doesn't text or do anythign else at all but it looks really really pretty, i can sell it for more than every other pophone becasue it is the easiest to use adn its pretty.

Your whole argument is flawed from the start, you idiot

AS someone who used Vodafone's 3G network in Australia, it sucked. Alot. Most of the time it'd be hard to get a signal, and when it was there it was barely faster than dialup speed. Quit claiming 3G is the be-all and end-all of phone trophies.

dude the 3 g networks in aus are crap, the telstra is probable the best of them all, but i do know the optus one used to be reallllllly bad. don't go blaming a technology for a bad implemetation, which basically all the Aus network both phone and data is a bad implementation adn the reason the wholebroadband thing is actually being talked about by the politicians. The reality is since testra got sold off aus network has gone to crap

whocares78 said,
dude the 3 g networks in aus are crap, the telstra is probable the best of them all, but i do know the optus one used to be reallllllly bad. don't go blaming a technology for a bad implemetation, which basically all the Aus network both phone and data is a bad implementation adn the reason the wholebroadband thing is actually being talked about by the politicians. The reality is since testra got sold off aus network has gone to crap

Who was talking about Telstra? I was talking about a fully commercial entity already working in the wild, not an incumbant tryhard monopoly.

seamer said,

Who was talking about Telstra? I was talking about a fully commercial entity already working in the wild, not an incumbant tryhard monopoly.

i was saying all the 3 g networks in aus suck so don't restricvt it to being vodaphone. i hate telstra along with every other aussie but i find your comments very ammusing. especally seeing they do actually have the best 3g access

I heard rumors on the 2nd gen theyre removing the ability to enter a phone number in - instead you have to preload your numbers through iTunes and then select them from a list.

That's like saying a Porsche is "just" a car. It is . . . yet it isn't.

It's really about "The Apple Experience." It's extremely compelling, and tends to generate a lot of excitement, not just on the day of purchase.

Apple is one of the few tech companies (if not the only one) that seems to engender enthusiasm for its products. Most importantly: Apple customers, tend to stay Apple customers. It's not a secret, and it isn't hard to understand why. Simply put, quality, and immense attention to those details that enhance the user experience, so that an electronic device isn't just functionally useful, but which is also extremely pleasing and elegant to use, in terms of the outward design and the actual UI.

LTD said,
That's like saying a Porsche is "just" a car. It is . . . yet it isn't.

It's really about "The Apple Experience." It's extremely compelling, and tends to generate a lot of excitement, not just on the day of purchase.

Apple is one of the few tech companies (if not the only one) that seems to engender enthusiasm for its products. Most importantly: Apple customers, tend to stay Apple customers. It's not a secret, and it isn't hard to understand why. Simply put, quality, and immense attention to those details that enhance the user experience, so that an electronic device isn't just functionally useful, but which is also extremely pleasing and elegant to use, in terms of the outward design and the actual UI.

umm a porshe is a car, 4 wheels and a motor and all that. you really are a mac user arent you :)

I used to use macs, now i don't, so they lost me, the reasons are varied, but in the end it comes down to i can't do what i want with their stuff.

You may find it easy to understand why so many people clamour for less than great technology just because it looks pretty. but i do not see the point, i woudl rather somethign completely ugly that did exactly what i want when i want to do it, over some pretty piece of junk that does hardly anything most other things do. i.e. ring tones, 3 g etc etc some of the thigs they left out are basic things that EVERY other phone on the market has had for years. for me it aint so pleasign and elegant when someothign does not work like i want it to

I like how everyone here is quick to jump on the people who bought it. Of course one would only buy an iPhone for completely stupid reasons because it obviously it doesn't have any features or functionalities that might suit anyone. On the other hand of course everyone who buys something you folks would not buy can only be a complete idiot because that could only happen due to Apple's subliminal brainwashing marketing campaign. Oh wait, none of you own one nor ever touched one? Ah yea, but I guess you still know more and what's best for everyone than anyone else.
I don't get why you folks feel like knocking people down just because they bought what they wanted for their own personal reasons which a rational person would think are nobody else's business.

I wonder who's the tool here. Recently technology related news and events got really ****ing annoying because of all this fan / anti-fan behavior.

i am not a fan nor am i a anti-fan, i am a realist, and the reality is this is overhyped crap. if someone bought it then good luck to them, i hope appple does not charge them too much for the battery when it needs replacing, or even worse make them buy a new phone. as for 3G, to say we arent goign to t use the latest technology because we don't think it is that good is just stupid. and then you have the ringtones, is this the only phone in the world where you can't add ring tones.

GEIST said,
I like how everyone here is quick to jump on the people who bought it. Of course one would only buy an iPhone for completely stupid reasons because it obviously it doesn't have any features or functionalities that might suit anyone. On the other hand of course everyone who buys something you folks would not buy can only be a complete idiot because that could only happen due to Apple's subliminal brainwashing marketing campaign. Oh wait, none of you own one nor ever touched one? Ah yea, but I guess you still know more and what's best for everyone than anyone else.
I don't get why you folks feel like knocking people down just because they bought what they wanted for their own personal reasons which a rational person would think are nobody else's business.

I wonder who's the tool here. Recently technology related news and events got really ****ing annoying because of all this fan / anti-fan behavior.

No of course, not, just that people seem to act like this is a godly device.. and wayyy over hyped. if you didnt notice, people camping out side for a day or two, ridiculous much? i can understand a gaming station, but a phone... a phone for petes sake. i agree, its a hot and sexy device, no doubt about that, but people just seem to go crazy for a phone, that really isnt revolutionary. its a phone, for teh last time.

Did anyone ever think that tons of people were buying the phone to sell it on ebay? like that woman that tried to buyout a whole store of em, only to sell them on ebay

Activating any cell phone thru Cingular (now AT&T) is a pain on the internet. I got my first cell phone in February and activation failed on the network. Or so it said. Called the number given and that number didn't exist. Called anothere and they said activation succeeeded, not failed. So it's not all iPhones fault. But still I'm not that stupid to buy a new item the first day it comes out.

people buy anything seriously

even it lacks anything that make a phone... poor people when they discover they can sent thing by bluetooth camera its just one button application with no setting at all, bluetooth its useless and only works for headset, and you are stuck with crappy ringtones and can't use their songs for ringtones.
not to mention the lack of 3g... 3g chipset does not produce bad battery life jobs, look at the e61/k800 battery life ;)
big disappointed, i am happy with my n95/e90

marketing powerhouse? the apple brand is already hyped all by itself... they iphone has been hyped up for around 2 years now.. maybe more
it had to happen, lol

I wouldn't mind having one IF the following happened:

  • Worked on CDMA also, which the majority of the USA is... verizon is selling phones now that are GSM / CDMA BOTH! not sure when this happened, but why cant the iPhone do this? for this much money you'd think they could
  • Supported EV-DO (Much higher data coverge then EDGE, you have Sprint and Verizon using this)
  • Ability to install own applications, and write your own applications without apples approval
  • ability to replace battery... I know people side with apple on this, but this is redicilous... if you use your phone a lot, you know how the batter can die quickly! and I dont want to have to send my phone to apple to get a new battery!
  • GPS.... If you are going to have all this, at least use the GPS ability for the maps and such... Verizon did an ok job with GPS and Maps...

1. Apple plans to take this phone to Europe later this year, therefore using CDMA was not an option.

2. EV-DO? pfft. They should have used HSDPA (aka 3.5G), which allows up to 3.6Mbps (my RAZR V3xx has this).

I can tell you are wishing this would have been a phone from Verizon. However if it was a Verizon phone, they would cripple the WiFi, the Bluetooth, and anything else they could to increase profits. Apple opted for GPRS/EDGE so that they could market the product in multiple countries.

You should also note that Verizon only released a GSM / CDMA phone so that they could market it as a world phone and gain some market share for this. Cingular has no reason to offer CDMA since they do not have the infastructure for it. Apple would not use both, unless you wanted to pay for two carriers? GSM works fine in most places and from my experience HSDPA is more widespread than EV-DO. We should all note that in the iPhone demo when they access webpages they are using WiFi. EDGE is MUCH slower (around 56k in most places). I am still waiting for a non-Windows Smartphone to offer HSDPA before I give up mr RAZR

neufuse said,
I[*]ability to replace battery... I know people side with apple on this, but this is redicilous... if you use your phone a lot, you know how the batter can die quickly! and I dont want to have to send my phone to apple to get a new battery!
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this is an example of apple being apple, now i am sure you all rememebr when the ipods came out and all the battery issues and not being abel to replace batteries etc etc, and yet, they did it again, did they not learn anything, or did they learn somethign. BIG SCAM.

backslash said,
1. Apple plans to take this phone to Europe later this year, therefore using CDMA was not an option.

it's called quad band, most other phone providers supply phones that will work on any network

we can all be sure they didnt swindle anyone. But im sure that atleast half the people who bought the phone was more for how it looked and the name than what it had to actually offer.

it shows that most consumers are stupid and dont do the research on the things they want. I think THAT 70's SHOW had a great way of showing it. Red was working at some appliance store, trying to help a woman get the best refrig for her money, and he was asking her what she was looking for excatly. Her reply was "i want the blue one".
We are in a wastefull society. To many people dont think about what they are really doing, but do it anyway. I think these sales help prove that.
There is no jealousy being thrown out, because i dont like anything apple anyway. I like to play my music on whatever i want, and dont want to have to register anything to make it work.

Actual market analyst were only predicting around 350,000 units to be sold, so this is well beyond what was predicted.

i'd comment, but the site won't load for me.

however, i would hope this is a blog article, as the first paragraph isn't exactly a great example of unbiased reporting. According to him, no one could want the iPhone, and it was Apple's mischievous marketing department that swindled half a million people into buying a subpar phone.

different strokes for different folks. i weep for anyone who doesn't get that.

spacer said,
But it IS a sub-par phone.

Maybe to the ignorant. But its much more than just a feature list. Try actually using one.

spacer said,
But it IS a sub-par phone.

in the same way an audi is a sub-par truck because it lacks a pickup bed.

any problems in the cellphone portion of the iPhone can be laid squarely at AT&T's feet. The only part that is Apple's fault is choosing AT&T to begin with, but the phone itself is not sub-par for that reason. is the AT&T RAZR any worse than the Verizon RAZR? No, it's the same exact phone. One just uses a better network.

As for all the smart phone features, apps, etc, it's not that the iPhone's execution is poor, it's just that it doesn't include certain features that some people wanted to see. And that's subjective.

As I said, different strokes...

Jack31081 said,

in the same way an audi is a sub-par truck because it lacks a pickup bed.

any problems in the cellphone portion of the iPhone can be laid squarely at AT&T's feet. The only part that is Apple's fault is choosing AT&T to begin with, but the phone itself is not sub-par for that reason. is the AT&T RAZR any worse than the Verizon RAZR? No, it's the same exact phone. One just uses a better network.

As for all the smart phone features, apps, etc, it's not that the iPhone's execution is poor, it's just that it doesn't include certain features that some people wanted to see. And that's subjective.

As I said, different strokes...


Um, how is the lack of 3G support NOT Apple's fault? AT&T didn't design it without that feature, Apple did.

Croquant said,
Um, how is the lack of 3G support NOT Apple's fault? AT&T didn't design it without that feature, Apple did.

Jobs plainly said that current 3G chips aren't 1) small enough yet and 2) battery efficient enough. They are waiting for them to stop sucking batteries dry and get smaller before implementing them.

Also, a huge problem would be AT&T not having a lot of 3G coverage. Why put battery draining chips in if more often than not people won't be able to make use of it?

you can't seriously believe anyone bought the phone cause it's a godd phone, they sold half a million becasue of the exceptional job the apple marketign people do. the phone doesn't even have 3G!!!!!! now come on. it won't even work in a whole bunch of countries. the thing is not as good as it is made out to be and is not that ground breaking, if at all.

My challenge to all that say it is so innovative is

Name one feature that does not exist on any other phone?