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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 B3an on 7/14/2008 8:57:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah great points, all so true ~cough~

And beige? is it still the 90's?

Theres so many options for PC's that you can easily just make your own, for less money, thats faster AND looks better than any Mac.


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By gabacus on 7/14/2008 9:15:53 PM , Rating: 2
yep, they are about as true as the points that preceed them.

i dont agree with the points i made, but sometime you just gotta fight stupidity with stupidity.

im all for the custom PC thing. its true, you can build a PC nice a cheap that will run circles around a mac. at one stage in my life (haha, yes it was the 90's) it was fun to do that. these days, i just want a pre-made system that will do the things i want it to do. i have tried a few off the shelf systems and mac's are the only ones that didnt dissapoint.


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By daftrok on 7/18/2008 3:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
Might I suggest HP? Its shiny AND affordable!


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By robinthakur on 7/15/2008 4:51:03 AM , Rating: 2
Its faster than a mac but I very much doubt it looks better. Even cases by people like Lian Li might have great build quality but lack the spark of design genius which elevates it to Apple's level. Credit where credit is due...unless you like UV reactive cables, case windows and graphics cards/PSU's which could heat a small flat, in which case we're not comparing like with like...Anytime you get cases in the PC market which have had obvious design involvement (The Asus Vento original comes to mind) they never sell very well. Possibly because the PC enthusiast market is now smaller than the iPhone market and horribly conservative, but I digress.


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By kelmon on 7/15/2008 5:07:47 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Theres so many options for PC's that you can easily just make your own, for less money, thats faster AND looks better than any Mac.


Sounds like mutton dressed as lamb, to me. Who really cares about the hardware? It's all about the software, much as is the case with the iPhone. I know this site is filled with diehard PC gamers, so this argument works in the opposite for you guys and I'm not going to suggest that a Mac is right for you. But for me, there's no way that I'd go back to a PC because I just like the Mac software so much more. It's for this reason that the old arguments that you can build a PC for so much less (kinda immaterial if you want a laptop, mind) is just moot.


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By robinthakur on 7/16/2008 4:39:37 AM , Rating: 2
Agree 100%. How appealing would the iPhone be if it were running Windows mobile with a rubbish pen/thumb keyboard interface? Not very. The intuitivene and uniqueness of the software is what makes iPhone owners happy with the device, not the fact that the camera is pretty substandard. If in doubt, use one for a while and I guarantee that if you then have to use another conventional phone it will feel like going back in time. Still wouldn't hurt to put some external buttons on it for iPod control or at least sell a remote for it.


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