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Despite network trouble, Apple still sells 1 million iPhone 3G phones over the weekend

After a chaotic worldwide launch on Friday, Apple and its customers settled in while trying to fix lingering network problems that caused many new phone owners to go home with a bricked iPhone 3G that could not send or receive calls.

The simultaneous phone launch in 21 nations -- with large crowds in New York, San Francisco, London, Tokyo and so on -- helped bring Apple's servers to a crawl, with the network going down for several hours during the phone's launch in the United States.  

Apple sold out of the new iPhones in 95 retail stores, with a large number of AT&T stores also selling out.

Apple reportedly sold more than one million iPhone 3Gs worldwide, despite activation problems spread across the world.  It took Apple and AT&T 74 days to sell 1 million original iPhones last year. Apple also reported more than 10 million downloads of iTunes App Store applications.

Learning from mistakes made last year, Apple and AT&T forced users to activate the phone in the store, effectively tying the owner to a phone contract so it could not be later unlocked and used on a different phone network.  Last year's original iPhone launch did not require the in-store activation, adding even further stress to the Apple network.

Many new iPhone owners were sent home with a phone that had to be activated via iTunes, but the number of users activating through iTunes also brought down the network.  Software and network problems in London caused iPhone owners on the O2 phone network to wait in line for several additional hours before being able to head home with their new phones.   The network disaster also affected previous iPhone owners, who tried to update their phone only to be left with bricks as iTunes was overwhelmed.

The iPhone 3G phone activation seems to have righted itself over the weekend, with fewer complaints about Apple network problems.  Furthermore, the lines to get the iPhone 3G at both Apple stores and AT&T satellite stores has quickly diminished, though many smaller stores still do not have the phones available in stock.

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By akugami on 7/14/2008 4:01:56 PM , Rating: 3
Because then you wouldn't have fun bashing Apple users. The fact is that Apple today probably makes more money off of Windows users than Apple users. The amount of iPods sold are likely sold the Windows users more than those using Macs and while initially iPhone users may tilt towards Mac owners, I'd say that in another year or two they would tilt towards Windows users.

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By awer26 on 7/14/2008 5:40:30 PM , Rating: 2
It's not a fair comparison to look at the total number of iPhones and then see how many owners are PC users or Mac users. The fact is there are way more PC users in general. Why don't you look at the percentage of Mac users that have an iPhone vs. the percentage of PC users that have an iPhone.

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By Adonlude on 7/14/2008 5:51:25 PM , Rating: 3
I got my iPhone on the 11th and it is my first and only Apple product! My MP3 player is a Sandisk and I always buy PC but I finally caved to Apple and got an iPhone after reading about it. Comming from my Razer v1 I have to say that I am truly amazed with the iPhone, it is so much more than I expected.

I have real internet in my pocket, a navigational system, a useful camera, and full length movies/podcasts on a screen that is actually big enough to watch on. Not to mention the apps are incredible. One app called Shazam can give me the name, album picture, and link to youtube video for any song that is playing around me. Another app can control my computer music from my iphone, perfect for parties.

I am truly impressed. Im still not buying a Mac though ;-)

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By Regs on 7/15/2008 9:24:03 AM , Rating: 2
So it's not really an's an iEverything. However you cannot sell an iEverything because then someone would sue. But then again it's not really everything because it's an ieverything and everybody knows that i means....WTF does the i mean?

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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