1,000,000 iPhone 3Gs Served -- In 3 Days!

iPhone Dr. Evil

3 days. That's how long it took Apple and their carrier-partners to sell one million iPhone 3Gs. Says Apple CEO Steve Jobs:

"iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend. 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.”

Almost 25 times faster. Server crash-induced delays not withstanding, other manufacturers -- other carriers -- must be having a sobering Monday morning. (Especially with it taking 6 months for Palm sell as many uber-cheap Centros...)

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1,000,000 iPhone 3Gs Served -- In 3 Days!


What about us "old" iPhone folks? Is it safe to try the 2.0 upgrade yet? I don't want to try until I hear that all the server problems, etc. are fixed and I won't need to spend a day upgrading my phone. I just want the update process to go smooth. Is it ok to do so now....or is waiting still recommended?

+1. After waiting in line in Apex, NC for an iPhone on Friday the staff at the AT&T store said that they were taking orders for deliveries to the store in 7-10 days. I figured I had time to do this at any point in time so I bought my 16GB iPhone today. Now I'll be counting the days until I get the call from the store but at least I know it's on the way.

does anyone think that now that iphone first weekend mania is almost over, that iphones will be easier to get? I'm waiting until tomorrow (tuesday) or wednesday preferably to get one, but I dont know if i can get one

Why is it in Canada Rogers sells the $20 plan with 6pm early evens, and Fido who is owned by rogers sells it for the same price, and the exact same things except their evenings start at 5pm, rogers customers screwed again......

@skip. They're sold out at the stores. What they'll do is take your money and have one shipped to the store for activation when it arrives. That will take 7-10 days. I doubt that you'll see one available in inventory for walk up customers for a while because they've been taking orders from customers from early Friday morning (let's say at about 9AM Eastern) through today.

I am quite surprised that the 3G edition of iPhone still seems so premature in features, due to extremely tight restrictions. I mean, it should be the ultimate portable "i-device", but I cant multitask in between email and browser (quite handy if you need some info from emails while working with the browser) or have an instant messaging client running.
I am seriously considering buying, but after reading this interesting FAQ, I think I will have to pass...or is there a way around these issues?

One million units is indeed a log, but they likely could've easily sold two million (or more) in the very first three days if they'd been prepared. Most AT&T store managers felt that Apple WOULD be prepared to fulfill the majority of the orders. Did Apple have manufacturing/production issues? Was there a shortage of parts? Even now, they are struggling to even keep up with direct-fulfillment orders. In the end, this will cause many iPhone-wanters to jump ship and go for one of the competitors phones.

Apple should have shipped at least 10 million iPhones to stores worldwide for launch day and 10 million per week thereafter. Nokia sells 10 million phones per week.

Finally went to the AT&T store in NYC to get my 3G, but unfortunately all NYC stores are out and they're only taking pre-orders. I will have to wait at least 10 days for the next shipment, but at least I have a guaranteed iPhone on the way...still bummed about the wait, though (I need my own Wait-a-thon!!)!