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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: I came, I saw, I...
By spluurfg on 7/2/2007 7:07:01 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but I can buy a RAZR phone for $150 without a plan. The bulk of phones sold are fairly modest ones -- moving 500k iphones on a weekend is pretty incredible considering they cost more than a PSP, XBOX360, and Wii put together when you factor in the network costs.

As for competing in Europe, the current incarnation would probably suffer pretty poorly considering the wealth of 3g feature phones available from other carriers. But I believe another revision would do well, considering the predisposition towards advanced phones and affluence of many countries in Europe, especially the UK, and the status the phone would convey.

If it included 3g and perhaps some standard features (cut+paste) that we are used to, I think it would pave the way for a slew of consumer smartphones.

RE: I came, I saw, I...
By spluurfg on 7/2/2007 7:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
Erm, PS3, not PSP =P

RE: I came, I saw, I...
By psyph3r on 7/3/2007 1:58:45 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think it will wow the world audience. I have heard of phones from japan and other places with the same type of functionality(minus the fluid interface) existing for years. i think that the options available to the more vigorous technological adoptive societies will wash this out. Not to mention I highly agree with the more advanced 3g technologies playing a major role in eastern markets. however, it looks like they captured the American market this last weekend. bravo

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