Analyst predicts half a million iPhone 3G S sold over the weekend

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Analyst predicts half a million iPhone 3G S sold over the weekend
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicts that when the dust settles, Apple will have sold 500,000 units of the new iPhone 3G S over its debut weekend. That number is impressive, especially when placed next to the 50,000-100,000 Palm Pre models that were estimated to be sold on that handset's debut weekend. Still, the estimate is only about half of the number of iPhone 3G units that were purchased during the weekend of July 11, 2008 when that model went on sale. One important difference makes comparing the sales of the 3G and the 3G S a little difficult; the former debuted in 21 countries on its opening weekend while the latter launched in just 8 countries this past weekend. No matter how you look at it, even with shorter lines and less chaos at the stores, the newest version of Apple's touchscreen smartphone is still a success at the cash register.

source: COMPUTERWORLD

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23 Comments

1. dboy08

Posts: 16; Member since: May 06, 2009

and pre only launching in 1 country.... and plus pre had inventory constraints, i bet iphone didn't

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I bet iPhone did. I'm pretty sure that there were inventory constraints on the iPhone 3G S this year. And last year too. The store I went to last year for my 3G had 70 iPhones in stock and they ran out quick. And they still sold a lot. And that's palm's fault for having low inventory and not apple's fault.

2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I still don't understand why people are obsessed with this phone... i have played with it before, and an iPod touch... what's the big deal? It could also be my bias toward microsoft products as I have never really liked Apple, but the Pre seems like such a better device... I guess until their is a global release of the Pre in GSM countries and is opened up to another carrier in the US... 100,000 units is really good for sprint.... If VZW and AT&T get the Pre at the same time that other GSM countries in the world do for more fair comparison.

5. VDubb

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 04, 2008

I played with both the Pre and iPhone, and I prefer the latter. The Pre's keyboard is too small for my taste and the lack of a softkey board makes web browsing a pain since I prefer to browse in landscape. The UI is great, definitely comparable to the iPhone, but the main thing it's got going for it is multi-tasking, which isn't really all that big of a necessity in a phone (and I had the VX6700, BlackBerry 8701e, 8130, 8330, Bold, 8900, Motorola Q/Q9c, Touch, Touch Diamond, and currently the Snap). Sometimes management of programs become a pain, especially if you forget to close them out and have a lot running in the background. On the iPhone, the main problem before 3.0 that I would want multitasking for would be messenger, Facebook, etc. alerts, which can now be accomplished through push notification. The Pre is a great alternative to the iPhone if you can deal with its quirks (lack of soft keyboard, small physical keyboard, lack of camcorder capabilites,smaller screen size, and 8GB maximum storage). The iPhone has it's own quirks as well, too (no physical keyboard at all, lack of true multitasking if it benefits you, and lack of flash for the camera), but those are much more minor to me than the ones in the Pre. - VDubb

3. bigfanboyred

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

the iphone sold well because of all the made up "hype" around it... not much difference if you already have an iphone 3g, just upgrade your os and your set... same phone for a lot less money!!! re: pre... one country and inventory retraints- i'm thinking palm wanted it to be sold out!- going to other carriers anyways... the pre will do well over time. it has a lot more to offer as a NEW device! and a lot more potential! but when the tuh-tuh-tour comes out!- thats when the $h!t is gonna hit the fan! thats a device am getting for SURE!!!-

4. VDubb

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 04, 2008

Seeing you screen name, your response isn't all that surprising. If only we could get confirmation on the iPhone coming to Verizon, then we can see you praising it as you are the Tour. - VDubb

8. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha. i don't know if i can give up my storm for the tour unless it is truley amazing!!!

12. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

Dude. The tour has to be way better than the storm. I hear ppl complain all the time about that storm and my friends that are Verizon managers say don't get it! They say the tour will be nice though

15. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

There actually wasn't that much hype for the iphone this year. There was actually more hype for the pre.

19. bigfanboyred

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

sorry but i have to disagree... i didnt hear or see anything on CNN about the pre, but the iphone was on CNN - when it was announced AND when it came out... no other phone gets TV coverage like the iphone... (because i know that the iphone is the #1 selling phone in the country) :-6

21. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

cnn is very liberal, i dont watch it...the storm is awesome. i just can't deal with the curve's small screen. i love having a big screen.

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Sorry but I have to disagree. I've seen the pre on television a dew times. And everyone online for the past 6 months were naming it a possible iPhone killer. For 6 months!! Since the beginning of the year. If that's not hype then I dont know what is.

6. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

I'm about to switch from Verizon to get it

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

:-) do it, i know you want to.

11. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

Thanks! I appreciate the support

13. dboy08

Posts: 16; Member since: May 06, 2009

tour is comin to Sprint too!

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1125; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

its apple they are a mega marketing company, I think they are the best marketing company in the world. The even have a way of makeing the devices shortcomings into sales oppertunitis, I remember when it launched and people would come in and say you can now get a web browser on a phone, and its so simple to use honestly perception is reality if you advertise its easy to use people will think it is and so on I am rely tired of all the hype this release was fixing some problems that never should have existed on a good phone

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i disagree about their marketing ability. the iphone commercials suck!!!... idk my bff jill

16. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

After watching it many times on tv I agree that that was a sucky commercial. But I think it is more directed to the less business oriented consumers and more to the people who care about media stuff like video. But yeah it sucked.

20. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha EN i do like your comments, you are very funny.

17. MTLance unregistered

Well I dunno about you guys. The iPhone 3G S really impresses me outta hell but since there is E72 coming from Nokia I already put a brake on my decision. I use to hate Apple too trust me I really hate them. What I like about iPhone is? The hardware, The classic arcade ported games, landscaping mode on a big screen, touch screen, live stocks update and a GPS to trace where your phone is if you pay for MobileMe subscription. What I like about E72 is? It is more like all in one phone and more freedom. i.e. I can purchase extra batteries instead waiting for the iPhone to charge up, microSD slot to increase its storage capacity to 32GB if wish to, a touch might be handy in the dark, a flash with the camera, and Nokia actually offers quickoffice for editing and viewing MS Office documents. Yeah I know it sounds like I like the E72 a lot but the iPhone is a prada thing and I dunno whether going for prada or the phone that I just want.

22. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

my storm does everything you just mentioned! :-)

18. canadu

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

The latest iPhone is a winner. The N97 was the device I wanted this year but IMHO, the iPhone trumps it in all aspects. Here's my perspective on it.http://canadu.vox.com/library/post/an-iphonebut-what-happened-to-my-n97.html I'm a happy owner of an iPhone 3G s 32 GB.

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