“Sales of the new iPhone are believed to have topped 100,000 in just over TWO DAYS,” Charles Rae reports for The Sun. “Analysts say Apple could sell a whopping 500,000 of the £269 gizmos by Christmas.”

“A spokeswoman for Carphone Warehouse said: ‘We are really pleased.’ …An O2 spokesman said: ‘We don’t have official figures yet, but sales are more than exceeding our expectations,'” Rae reports.

Full article here.

Nicholas Christian reports for Scotland on Sunday, “Gadget fever showed no sign of abating across the UK yesterday as customers continued to queue to snap up the new Apple iPhone [on Saturday].”

“At the height of the frenzy on Friday night, iPhones were flying off the shelves at the rate of 4.2 per second,” Christian reports.

“A spokesman for O2… said yesterday: ‘We don’t have any official collated figures yet, but what we can say is that the sales are more than exceeding our expectations, and our expectations were pretty high,” Christian reports.

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Stephen Hayward reports for The Sunday Mirror, “As many as 70,000 of the £269 must-have gadgets were expected to be sold over the weekend as Apple, O2 and Carphone warehouse stores stayed open longer to cope with the demand.”

“More than 400,000 are expected to be sold in Britain in the run up to Christmas and 10million worldwide in 2008,” Hayward reports.

“An O2 spokesman said: ‘Demand has exceeded our expectations and we believe it will be the fastest selling mobile ever. We’ve hundreds of thousands of devices to sell and we are extremely happy with how things have gone,'” Hayward reports.

Full article here.

According to The Register’s Andrew Orlowski, Apple iPhone’s first night in the UK was a “flop,” presumably by combining a few scattered reports of lightly-attended locations (we had those in the U.S., too, Andrew; at AT&T stores the first night), seasoning the concoction with speculation, adding a pinch of unfounded rumor – hold the facts! – then baking the whole thing up in a nice yellow font and serving it in a garbage can.

Full article, Think Before You Click™, here.

The Register, seemingly in an effort to obliterate any suggestion of objectivity on their part, also provides a handy little online service to replace the name “iPhone” with any other term of your choosing throughout The Register’s pages, although – even more ridiculously (if that’s possible) – it only works on Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mr Skills” for the heads up.]