“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.”
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