Everyone knew that the iPhone was going to be big from the
moment it was announced
in early January. Apple CEO Steve Jobs hailed the device as the ultimate in
mobile communications given that it could function as a phone, a mobile
Internet device and as an iPod.
As the months progressed, the hype mushroomed even though
the iPhone lacked a user-replaceable battery, physical keyboard, expansion
slot, voice dialing, A2DP, MMS, iChat, flash support, copy and paste ability
and video recording -- not to mention that the iPhone was tied solely to
It appears that all of the minuses stacked against the
iPhone weren't enough to phase buyers who lined up days in advance to purchase
the latest "it device" from Cupertino. Not even the $499 (4GB) and
$599 (8GB) price tags were enough to keep Apple from selling
around 525,000 iPhones from 6:00 PM Friday evening through close of
business on Sunday.
Nearly all of AT&T's stores were depleted of iPhone
stock by Saturday whereas Apple's retail stores are currently faring much
better (you can check iPhone availability here).
Apple's iPhone launch didn't go off glitch free, however.
Many users complained of activation problems with iPhone. The iPhone can be activated
through iTunes and the steady rush of users scrambling to activate their
phones overloaded AT&T's servers.
"We are working on any issues on an individual basis
with customers who were impacted," said Michael Coe, a representative for
AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel noted that a "small
percentage" of customers were having activation issues. "Our first
priority is to get them up and rolling as quickly as we can," Spiegel
For its part in the matter, an Apple
spokesman simply said "There are a small percentage of iPhone
customers who have had a less than perfect activation experience."
quote: by KristopherKubicki on July 2, 2007 at 2:26 PMAt the Roosevelt and Ashland AT&T store in Chicago, a woman came to the line around 5:30 to see there were about 60 people already in line. She paid the first kid in line $800 for his spot -- the kid went to the back of the line (right behind me). The woman then announced she planned to buy $26,000 worth of iPhones, but if anyone wanted to get one she'd sell some of hers for $1,000 before she put the rest on ebay.Nobody told her until 6PM that this store had a 1 per customer limit (most other stores had a 2 per customer limit). The kid behind me got an iPhone too.
quote: what are you doing over there? that's not the trendy part of town! you need to be seen buying an iphone! make sure you use it often on the train, and loudly.
quote: Nobody told her until 6PM that this store had a 1 per customer limit
quote: The PS3 sold, what, 81K units its opening weekend. The iPhone's figures are 700% higher. The two aren't even comparable.
quote: True for the iPod also, and its the hottest selling consumer device in the past couple decades.
quote: Initial reviews are that the iPhone screen is quite scratch resistant. Admittedly, these are short term only, but assuming this is going to be a problem seems very premature.
quote: The phone has been out a few days only, and you're writing this out as a permanent problem? If there's a problem (it works fine with my own companies email), it'l be addressed, and soon. In any case, corporate email is not a huge selling point for the consumer public.
quote: Then the iPhone 2.0 comes out and the whole process repeats, but in more colors.
quote: I activated the iPhone on Saturday, June 30th, at around 11:55AM/12:05PM PDT. Maybe it went through smoothly because I had replaced my existing phone with the iPhone. Who knows -- But I was fortunate enough not to experience the delay in activation like some of my friends did.