AT&T Memo Leaked -- iPhone 3GS Makes for Best Selling Debut Ever
We already knew Apple sold -- and upsold -- 1 million iPhone 3GS devices opening weekend, but an internal memo shows just how big an event that was for AT&T. Massive summer blockbuster, thy name is iPhone 3GS.
Now imagine how many they would have sold if MMS and tethering were ready, and they'd expanding their network to better handle iPhone traffic.
(What, the dead horse had it coming!)
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That said, in my 20 minutes there I saw it happen at least 4 times, so at least at this one San Diego store the 3GS anecdotally seems to be selling pretty briskly a couple of weeks after launch.
Looks like Apple and AT&T are trying to create the hype internally, and hoping it will carry over onto the street. You don't give something away free when it's selling like hotcakes. I think they are handing out handfulls of crazy pills at both firms.
This memo was leaked? Not it was stratigically placed in hopes to build hype. See it for what it really is signs of desperation. Which is good for the consumer. Hold off on your purchase and you might be able to get it for free in a month or two. Just my two cents on the matter.
Not even to mention that for 3G sales they are saying they have now out sold the 3G not only on release weekend but black Friday and the day after Christmas combined? Come on if the 3G sold one million units and you then add in sales for two other high volume days, and the 3G S is claiming one million units sold on opening weekend, but this out sold the 3G!?
Sorry but the numbers just are not adding up here.
Not exactly my definition of "free".
The iPhone is available here, for AU$99/month which includes unlimited calls/sms/mms and 2gb of data, which you can use for tethering.
On our other "Free" iPhone plans, which start at $69/month - we certainly don't pay for incoming calls and the like.
ATT is extremely expensive, countries where there are multiple carriers are far better value!