Blackfriars’ predicts 500,000 iPhone sales in first weekend; 1 million possible

“Some analysts claimed that the iPhone launch would be a failure if Apple failed to sell 100,000 iPhones during the first weekend. Based upon the limited data we have, we believe that number was exceeded in just the first two to three hours. Blackfriars’ prediction is that Apple will sell 500,000 iPhones this weekend, and based upon limited sales rates reported, that number now looks quite achievable,” Carl Howe writes for Blackfriars’ Marketing.

“The only question is whether the demand and iPhone supply is great enough that they might push past the million unit mark this weekend,” Howe writes.

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94 Comments

  1. 1 million may be a stretch based on how many Apple could make, but certainly that number will be achieved as fast as Apple made or makes 1 million (be it this past weekend or in the next couple of weeks). All in all a great opening, with that many phones there are always a few problems, but the press has been terrific, better than I thought it would be after the launch. So Kudos to Apple! Now if ATT service would expand to my area.

  2. Everyone knew it was going to be this big of a hit. I’m sad and glad though. I REALLY want that phone…. but, luckily for me, computers are that much better and I got the new 2.4 15″ MBP instead two weeks ago and I think it will hold me over till I can afford this phone. Anyone else agree? Or is the phone that great that I should have stuck with my 15″ PowerBook and got the phone first?

  3. There is absolutely no doubt Apple will sell at least a million this weekend. The Michigan Avenue store in Chicago was swamped last night. I bet several thousand were sold at that store alone last night. But the real scary thing to consider: did Apple pull off the unthinkable and generate over $1 Billion in new sales last night. Call me crazy but it might have happened…..

  4. On this note, how many service providers (IE: AT&T) could add a half million accounts in one week and NOT have a few problems. Selling the phones is easy whereas switching from other providers, who typically don’t like letting customers leave, is bound to cause some problems. It seems AT&T is handling it very well, all things considered, and is addressing coverage/bandwidth speed complaints at the same time.

    MDN word: North, as in up north we don’t even have access to the iPhone yet. Boo HOoo cuz I’d buy two, even with the activation delays.

  5. I’m still waiting, going on 20 hrs. to activate my iPhone. I’m not keeping an old number, I’m not transferring any number at all. I simply asked for a new number, and I have never ever had a cell phone before this. . . kinda bummed right now.

  6. Uh, should I get an iPhone even though I don’t need it?

    I have a phone, it works pretty well, voice quality and signal are great. I also have a Mac at home and at work, and an iBook for on the road. Don’t really listen to music that much and I have a great digital camera.

    So, all that would be a compromise on the iPhone, as good as it is. But, I’m feeling the pull of the masses, I MUST be missing something!

  7. I got mine last night and activated with no problems. A lot of the complaints other than those concerning delays in activation, are by people who seem to think it should be a Tablet Mac and not a phone. People complaining about lack of a file system, and lack of cut and paste. Its only a phone, and a great one at that.

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