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Apple and AT&T score big with iPhone launch

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 AT&T.

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.

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 continued.

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."



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RE: In 1 years time
By FITCamaro on 7/2/2007 2:58:49 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know what kinds of batteries you buy, but every lithium ion battery out there only lasts 1 and a half to two years. My last cell phone at only about a year and a half old barely kept a charge for an entire day. My current phone is about a year old and seems to be faring well so far, but I give it another year before the battery starts conking out.

And while you may always have your phone plugged in 1) thats not good for the battery and 2) others don't. And any phone, especially one as expensive as the iPhone should have a replaceable battery. The sheer fact that it doesn't is absurd. Their only reason is because then it wouldn't look as sleek. And people being the sheep that they are, look past it and buy it anyway because its a status symbol and something cool and hip.

And as far as your "all providers suck" arguement, I'm quite happy with Verizon as I was with Sprint. The only reason we left Sprint is because in my parents house, we couldn't get a signal (could under 4 story building though). But with Verizon, we're good. My friends though who all used to have Cingular have since switched to Verizon because they got tired of the Cingular's BS.


“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs

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