“Peter Erskine, the chief executive of the mobile group, which is Apple’s chosen network partner in the UK, said: ‘It has been the fastest-selling device we have ever seen,'” Elizabeth Judge reports for The Times Online.
“The phone had sold ‘in the tens of thousands’ since its launch on Friday, he said,” Judge reports.
“Two thirds of customers buying the iPhone were new customers to O2, Mr Erskine said, although he refused to detail from which networks they had come,” Judge reports.
“However the refusal of both O2 and Carphone, the only independent retailer to sell the phone, to reveal exact sales figures, has raised speculation that the gadget — a combined iPod music player, mobile phone and internet browser — is not living up to expectations,” Judge reports.
Full article here.
It’s deja vu all over again. How ’bout waiting more than two seconds for the sales figures and you’ll get them? Why jump head first into the negative speculation? Imagine if someone suggested that both O2 and Carphone were refusing to reveal exact sales figures in order to preserve competitive advantages against rivals? The shock of a positive leap into the unknown might be too much for some people to handle.
Listen, we’ve already seen the whole series in the US: iPhone doesn’t have 3G, it has a built-in battery, “only” a 2-megapixel camera, people lined up at launch, some say the lines were long, some say the lines were short, Apple sells millions of iPhones regardless of what people say and write. We know how it all turns out. We really don’t need to sit through the UK reruns (even though we know we’ll be forced to do so).