Apple’s iPhone 3G generates best-selling handset weekend in Rogers Wireless history

Apple Online StoreRogers Wireless, Canada’s largest wireless carrier with Canada’s fastest wireless network, celebrated the Canadian launch of the iPhone 3G last Friday to unprecedented popular demand. Following the weekend, Rogers Wireless confirmed that the launch shipment of tens of thousands of iPhone 3G sold out in the vast majority of cities across the country. Anticipating high demand from Canadians, Rogers Wireless pre-ordered continuous new inventory shipments and today announced that tens of thousands of new devices have already arrived in Canada. Canadian iPhone 3G fans who missed launch weekend sales will see new stock in store and online starting today and across the country by Tuesday, July 15.

“As Canada’s leading wireless carrier, Rogers Wireless is thrilled to bring iPhone 3G to Canadians on Canada’s fastest wireless network,” says John Boynton, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. “With iPhone 3G, we’ve had the best weekend sales of a handset in Rogers Wireless history. We want to thank all our customers for their enthusiastic response, as we welcome our new iPhone 3G customers to the fastest and most reliable network in Canada, and we appreciate the loyalty of all our existing customers who upgraded to an iPhone 3G. For our future iPhone 3G customers, tens of thousands of new devices will be in stores from coast to coast no later than tomorrow.”

iPhone 3G combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast(*) as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK.

Source: Rogers Wireless

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

24 Comments

  1. Rogers is terrible. They could not be any less helpfull, more arrogant or stupid really. Their service is the worst I’ve ever dealt with thus far.

    Faced with no choice, I have passed on a Rogers iPhone, despite being an Apple fan for 20+ years, on my 9th Mac, 6th iPod…..And buying almost every OS since 8.6 on the day it was available.

    Hopefully Rogers prices will improve, I can afford it to be honest, But it makes me still feel to sick to consider spending any more with them………

  2. I’m *starting* to warm up to the idea of getting an iPhone under Rogers high prices, but only because I’ve done the research and the competition isn’t all that better. I would like Rogers to have a shorter upgrade window, though. A year is too long.

    Guess what’s changing my mind are the 10,000+ souls that blindly signed up with them over the weekend. Feels like all of my efforts at challenging Rogers pricing have been pointless. They won’t budge with turnouts like that.

  3. So if they sold tens of thousands of iPhones (let’s say that’s conservatively either 10500 or 20000), how many outlets does Rogers have selling iPhones if so many were complaining that stores only had about 15 to 25 units?

    Or were some of those complaining just handing out misinformation?

  4. Just so you know, this weekend their.. um.. activation system was down.. prety fsckin pathetic, I just came back from Asia, and wanted to drop a pay as you go SIM cardi into my GSM phone.. needed to wait a day because their ‘computer system’ was down.

    what a joke of a company.

  5. One is not limited to the iPhone plans at Rogers.

    I simply signed up for a reasonable voice package (starting at $25/mo.) and added the $30 data plan (6gb) and the $15 bundle (text, visual VM, etc.).

    Pretty reasonable considering.

  6. Rogers press release should have read:

    In spite of our best efforts to screw our fellow Canucks who wanted an iPhone, we still sold more iPhones than we had any right to. Is Canada a great country of what!

  7. @mark

    I would think that since it’s in Rogers best interests to lie about the launch, that this whole article is a bit of a puff piece and likely not even true.

    I would believe the reports of people on the ground in the stores (that service was terrible, prices high and supply extremely limited), before I would believe a self-serving press release from one of the most evil corporations in Canada. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  8. @84 Mac Guy, you got that right.

    I would like to see a breakdown of the plans they sold with those iPhones (How many suckers took the original iPhone Plan and how many created there own plan with the new $30 6GB data).

    I have call ed around my area and all the stores still have the 8GB iPhone no one has the 16GB, as I will be stuck with the Phone and Plan for 3 year I want the most storage I can get.

    Yes I have my Rogers Petroleum Jelly ready.

  9. Rogers has over 500+ outlets in the Greater Toronto area alone.. That includes Rogers Wireless, Rogers Plus, Rogers Video, Telephone Booth and WIreless Wave which all sell phones… Imagine, how many outlets they have across Canada… That is why some stores got 5 to 25 to 500 phones… BECAUSE TOO MANY STORES HAD TO SELL IT! They wanted to get it across to as many people but DIDNT have the SUPPLY for the DEMAND 🙁

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