Gartner predicts up to 400,000 holiday iPhone sales in the UK

“Up to 200,000 Apple iPhones will be sold in Britain over Christmas and the New Year, according to O2, the largest mobile operator in the UK,” Andrew Parker reports for The Financial Times.

“Matthew Key, chief executive of O 2 ‘s UK business, told the Financial Times he expected ‘a couple of hundred thousand’ iPhones to be sold in the first two months by Apple, O 2 and Carphone Warehouse, the mobile phone retailer,” Parker reports. “He added that O 2 had ordered ‘hundreds of thousands’ of iPhones from Apple for stores and online outlets run by O 2 and Carphone.”

Parker reports, “Some analysts said the 200,000 sales projection was conservative. Carolina Milanesi, analyst at Gartner, a consultancy, said between 350,000 and 400,000 iPhones could be sold in the first two months.”

Parker reports, “After the June launch in the US, 1m iPhones were sold in just under 2½ months.”

As for the future, Parker reports, “Mr Key expressed confidence that O 2 would get the 3G version of the iPhone, which is due in the second half of next year.”

Full article here.

12 Comments

  1. Ive never used 3g and never will need it.

    If I ever want to stream video or use mm messaging I use my MacBook Pro – so I will be in the queue at a UK Applestore on friday for my iPhone.

    Besides, the iPhone has wifi builtin, which is cheaper and faster than 3g, and having free UK wide wifi coverage from using the cloud means to me 3g is pretty pointless.

    And dont get me started about the power drain on the battery, a 3g iphone is going to have 50-60% less battery life before recharging compared to a non 3g iphone.

  2. @ Petey
    My company gave me a Blackberry for my recent trip to Japan (although our IT guys actually own their own iPhones, they haven’t moved the execs yet). I’ve tried GPRS web access here…laughable!. But being from San Diego in Japan during the wildfires I found the G3 speed I got from whatever carrier I hit onto (Verizon Japan?) pretty good and gave me access to the info I needed to know what was going on at home, though the Blackberry browser was a joke in that tiny screen.
    My point is; when you need web access and all you have is your phone; G3 is a whole lot bettter than the alternatives. Of course an iPhone with Wi-Fi would have been a million times better. But Wi-F isn’t always available.

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