T-Mobile: over 10,000 Apple iPhones sold in under a day in Germany; Brits create long lines

“Apple fans queued through the night in Germany and Britain to be among the first in Europe to buy an iPhone, the must-have gadget that is set to shake up the mobile industry,” Nicola Leske and Kate Holton report for Reuters.

“Over 10,000 iPhones were sold by Friday afternoon in Germany, a T-Mobile spokeswoman said, after it went on sale at midnight in a Deutsche Telekom shop in Cologne,” Leske and Holton report.

“In Britain, fans had to wait until 1800 GMT before the music-playing, Web-browsing phone went on sale at stores from Apple, mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse and mobile operator O2,” Leske and Holton report. “The queue outside central London’s main Apple store stretched around the corner and long lines also formed in the city’s financial area.”

“The phone will go on sale in France at the end of the month,” Leske and Holton report.

Full article here.

MarketWatch reports, “Customers bought the phones via the company’s shops or on the internet, T-Mobile said.”

“Sales also started in the U.K. Friday, with Europe’s largest mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse PLC (CPW.LN) expecting to sell 10,000 iPhones on the first day of sale in the U.K.,” MarketWatch reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

20 Comments

  1. I’m thinking that Europe’s sales numbers are gonna beat the US numbers for sure… They aren’t used to subsidised phones so the price wont seem astronomical… And of course – no subsidies means no contracts means no waiting till your contract runs out to get one.

  2. Subsidized phones are common in Europe too.

    Brits stand in queues? Is that news? Is this CNN? No it’s Reuters – who bought Reuters?

    T-Mobile representatives handed out blankets and umbrellas as well as hot tea, coffee and pretzels. Tea, coffee and pretzels, is this England? or New York? Give us the bier and sauerkraut!

  3. @hmmm

    “They aren’t used to subsidised phones so the price wont seem astronomical… And of course – no subsidies means no contracts means no waiting till your contract runs out to get one.”

    Actually one of the criticisms of the iPhone over here is the price because we ARE used to subsidised phones and the iPhone seems expensive when taking into account the lack of 3G and the low quality camera, plus the single network lock-in. The mobile phone market is more advanced in the UK and Europe compared to the States. After the initial excitement has died down I’d be surprised if it does as well as it has in the US.

    Anyway personally I wouldn’t buy a phone with a battery that I couldn’t easily replace. The interface is cool and web surfing over WiFi is nice but there’s too much wrong with the iPhone to get me interested. I’d rather have a conventional phone that I can use on any network and a higher capacity iPod Touch.

  4. AJK: “Anyway personally I wouldn’t buy a phone with a battery that I couldn’t easily replace. The interface is cool and web surfing over WiFi is nice but there’s too much wrong with the iPhone to get me interested. I’d rather have a conventional phone that I can use on any network and a higher capacity iPod Touch.”

    The Non replaceable battery is a HUGE feature.

    You pay an ENORMOUS cost in terms of LESS battery capacity, bulk and device weight to get a replaceable battery.

    By saying this is important to you, you’re saying its more important to have a replaceable battery than how long you can actually USE the device on a given day. How often do you replace a battery, if ever? I have had several cell phones prior to my iPhone I can’t recall replacing the battery on a single one of them, have you actually done this?

    That just really smells like troll bait, I’m sorry.

    Any network thing I’ll give you IF you do not like the network that Apple has signed up with, the capacity thing is a non starter too as iPhones will rapidly gain capacity as new models come out.

  5. AJK’s post signals the start of deja vu all over again! Is this going to happen every time iPhone is released in a new market?

    Meanwhile, the BBC’s “technology expert” has declared that the lines for the iPhone are not the longest he’s seen for a new tech product! So I suppose it is headed for a failure there.

  6. “AJK’s post signals the start of deja vu all over again! “

    Well, his/her complaints sound familiar, but the difference is that there was no iPod touch at the time of the U.S. release. Europeans don’t have to own an iPhone to get all the multi-touch goodness like we did last June. To me, that makes the excitement over the iPhone intro in Europe even more phenomenal.

  7. It all went well until Carphone Warehouse tried to check my details and then the whole system went tits up. I ended up going to the nearest O2 shop after half an hour of frustration. They sorted it in six minutes. CW are going to get slaughtered in the press tomorrow.

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