Verizon sells 100,000 Motorola DROID units in first weekend

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Verizon sells 100,000 Motorola DROID units in first weekend
A stock market analyst, Mark McKechnie, estimated that Verizon stores had 200,000 units of the Motorola DROID on hand to sale at launch. He figures that the stores were able to sell half of its' stock which would indicate that Big Red sold 100,000 phones during the opening weekend. Motorola expects 1 million DROID's to be sold over the balance of the year with 10 million crossing the cash register in 2010. "I see the first few days as encouraging," McKechnie said. "There seems to be pretty good demand -- they've taken the right steps and picked a good partner with Google on the Android side." Another analyst, Jim Suva of Citigroup, expects 1.3 million handsets to be sold in the fourth quarter with 9.2 million moving in 2010. While we hate to bring up the "i" word, these figures compare with Apple's forecast of 8 million iPhones that will be sold in the current quarter with 28.5 million getting sold in 2010.

The Motorola DROID should be a boon to the Schaumberg based manufacturer whose marketshare in the handset biz has dropped from 10% in the second quarter of 2008 to a current 5.6% As for the nation's number one carrier, Verizon now has a phone that can match up to the iPhone and the current roster of ads cracking on AT&T's notoriously spotty 3G coverage has led to a negative perception of the latter carrier among the 18 to 34 year old demographic, a group that has the necessary discretionary funds to purchase a phone like the DROID.

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76 Comments

1. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I find this interesting: "Verizon’s 100,000 Droids looks pretty good next to Apple’s 270,000 iPhones [First Generation], except for one thing. That number does not include Sunday sales, which fell on July 1 and were part of a new quarter. It’s very possible Apple sold as many as 400,000 iPhones during that first weekend of lines around the block." (http://theappleblog.com/2009/11/10/opening-weekend-iphone-vs-pre-vs-droid/) 50,000 Pre Units were sold in the first weekend. I also find it interesting that Verizon only had 200,000 units shelved. This means Verizon did not expect to outsell the iPhone. I am glad they didn't set themselves up for disappointment. It appears they accomplished what they expected to do. Still, successful.

17. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Also the first generation iPhone sold out quickly so there probably would have been even more sales. And don't forget tahr th $400 and $600.

22. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I find it interesting that the article says that "Verizon" sold 100,000 Droids and "Apple" sold X amount. It leads me to believe that Apple may have set a purchase quota for At&t in order for them to carry the iphone. So At&t may have sold X amount of phones while Apple may have sold a different amount to At&t and posted that as the amount of phones sold which would not be false. The issue with most tech blogs like this is that most statements are said as fact but they really are more of a guess and the bias of the site comes through. Comparing the sales of a cell carrier against that of a cell phone manufacture is not a fair comparison. If I manufacture phones and sell them to the carrier the amount that I sell will to the carrier reflects the total amount of handsets I have sold. The carrier then goes and sells the phone, if they do not sell all the phones that represents the total that they have sold.

27. hkphooey

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 18, 2009

Also remember the iPhone was sold during the economic bubble, whereas the Droid is sold during a deep recession. Not everyone lives with mommy and have the extra spending cash to buy a toy like the iPhone. Things are bad all around and to even sell the amount the Droid did speaks volumes about the popularity of the phone.

37. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Funny how durring this "recession", 1 Million Plus iPhone 3GS units were sold. (Worldwide Granted) But that aside, screw the supposed "recession" idea. Not working.

38. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Comments 22 and 27 are a laugh. Thanks guys, I needed that.

40. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

I agree with you there. Times were much different when the Iphone launched compared to now. I also think there is still fallout from the Storm launch which also slowed it becuase people want to make sure the phone is not going to have the problems the Storm did.

56. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

If you take out the whole fact that your talking about phones, this logic is funny. Once again...take out the phones in this statement. "Funny how durring this "recession", 1 Million Plus things were sold. (Worldwide Granted) But that aside, screw the blah blah blah. Is it all that odd that out of 6.7 BILLION people worldwide that at least 1 MILLION of anything would get sold? Hahaha. Okay, back to phones. FS, how long did it take for these 1 million plus iphones to get sold? Maybe we should take the length of time and figure how many units in the US that would have been over the course of one weekend and pit the device numbers against each other? The only way we can really look seriously at numbers is if we hold all other things constant. (Microecon 101) We could even look at the numbers for individual states and see which states like the phone more. I can only assume that the iPhone would outsell the Droid in places where the iPhone has great service, but that's assuming too much, and I could be very wrong. Well, thanks for reading my first serious post in months, every 3 body.

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i love it. especially the homescreen, its awesome...i love widgets.

3. je2345

Posts: 63; Member since: May 05, 2009

I love this device!!! Greatest device i've ever owned! Sold my BB Storm for it and now my friend who is one of the BIGGEST Mac fans is selling his iPhone for the Drizzy aka. Droid! Love the SNES/NES emulators to play classic games like Zelda! Web browsing experience is like no other! Also the 3G speed is ridiculously fast! I even connected my Drizzy to my 10meg WiFi network and it was barely any faster. Love downloading full songs OTA which i couldn't do on my BB! Last but not least I love the Barcode scanner app where i can go towww.androlib.com and scan apps/games that i see and want and it automatically opens up the app/game in the Market on my device for download!

6. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I told my friend who has the Voyager to buy this phone considering that it's the best for Verizon. But he passed. He didn't think it was that great. He said he'll wait for a better one.

7. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Sorry I can't help myself but.... You love doing all the things jailbroken iPhones have been doing for years *yawn*

9. blackirish24

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

Funny jailbroken (means you broke it according to apple). Don't have to "break" the Android phones to make them do what you want. How's that brand new picture messaging feature you just acquired on your iPhone? Didn't that Moto Razr have picture messaging? Lol....Don't be mad that the droid operating system is going to stir up competition and make everyone open their minds to innovation. iPhone had it's turn and Apple sat on it instead of putting out something that couldn't be touched (they could have). However, they know that fans of Apple will sink money into the 2010 iPhone right after purchasing 2009 and the 2008 version. as you say......Sorry couldn't help myself...

14. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Well I've also had MMS pretty much since launch so that didn't really hurt at all. I thought most of the people on this forum were tech-savvy enough to get what I was saying, but you've proven otherwise. If you ask me, jailbroken iPhones led to the creation of your precious multi-touch CRIPPLED open OS software. That's right, I used crippled and open in the same sentence, because it's true. Funny how all the devs cracked the iPhone years ago and cranked out all the things Android fanboys love today. Tell me how that's a coincidence.

15. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Glad the EDIT button isn't really working anymore but... I was also going to add that during the release of the iPhone Google and Apple had a great relationship so it's easy to see how Google has taken much of what they learned with the iPhone into incorporation into their OS. If you keep up on news you'd also now that the relationship between Apple and Google has dwindled quite a bit over the past year... Tell me how that is a coincidence too...

16. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Hova's been bringing out the big guns lately... Probably sick of fanboys too...

25. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Sorry, but at the end of the day, *HOVA*s comments show their true fanboy colors just like everyone else's. I love that this website is full of fanboys calling everyone else a fanboy, LOL!

26. hkphooey

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 18, 2009

Damn Hova, you are sooooo cool! I wish I could be like you playing with my jailbroken iPhone, picking up tons of chicks and living the life of a baller. Damn, we should all be as cool as Hova. (F*CKING GEEK RETARD)

34. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

WHERE'S THE PAPER TOWELS?!

35. awesomeguy69

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 08, 2009

Haha, I have a jailbroken iPod Touch! It's waaaay better than a not hacked version.

39. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Just because I use facts to backup my statements doesn't mean you should all be hating. Maybe you should learn to post comments with support of facts to make your comments actually valid. It would be nice to see more of that on PA instead of lists of idiot comments like most of you.

41. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Let me ask yo something...... How does Apples ass smell becuase you sure seem to have your head burried up thier ass!!!!! Give the Droid its dues seriously.....

43. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I haven't said anything bad about Android OS. Just that it's funny how it came about, and how everyones on it's dick, yet it's not that revolutionary coming from someone who's been using a jailbroken iPhone for years. It's old news to me.

46. hkphooey

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 18, 2009

I've had a change of heart...I'm now on the Hova badnwagon...I've drunk the cool-aid of Steve Jobs. ALL HAIL APPLE! iPhone ROCKS! YOU ALL CAN SUCK IT! I don't understand why all you fools don't just buy an iPhone and be done with it!

48. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Finally!! It is about time you jumped off the Verizon's Dick Wagon. Good Job!

57. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

You say that like you couldn't play Zelda on the blackberry. I had it on my Curve.

58. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Burn!!!!!

59. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

'K'ool-aid. With a K. Get it right, hcphooey.

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I think people are underestimating the sales of this device, these figures are unofficial. I will wait to see the actual numbers but there is no doubt that Verizon has started something here I hear it outsold the BB storm Also if you read a little bit you will find the figure that AT&T activated 146000 Iphones at launch on opening weekend yes they sold a lot more than they activated but from a cell providers standpoint that is real bad to sell 130k plus phones only to have them shipped overseas or sold on ebay. if the 100k figure is correct and you compare it to 146k of activated iphones you realize how well Motorola and Verizon did I am trying to be neutral but Verizon has a hit on there hands nuff said

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Don't forget that the iPhones were sold out basically everywhere when it launched. And in my opinion, most of the people who want the phone already bought it or are going to buy it. I doubt that this phone will have a large audience.

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