AT&T said 146,000 subscribers bought the iPhone in the second quarter, while Apple reported that it sold 270,000 iPhones, which generated $5 million in revenues. Why the discrepancy? AT&T only counts activations, while Apple counted total units sold. At any rate, the figures are impressive for just a day-and-a-half of retail availability in the second quarter. iPhone was released on June 29 and the quarter ended June 30. But Wall Street was disappointed with the number, given the fact that a number of analysts predicted sales in the first three days as high as 700,000.
Apple also announced its plans for the EDGE/WiFi device outside of the U.S. Executives said during the company's earnings calls that the device would be launched in a few major countries in Europe before the end of December. By the end of the current quarter, or September 30, Apple expects to sell one million units between sales in the United States and Europe. Company executives said that, in contrast, it took seven quarters to sell one million iPods. The company said it expects to launch the device in Asian markets during 2008.
But the company didn't answer one major question on everyone's minds: When will we see a 3G iPhone?
For more about iPhone sales:
- take a look at this Wall Street Journal article (sub. req.)
UPDATE: This article now reflects the time table laid out in the Apple conference call, not the spurious one from the original source article (Google cached).
- read this article from RCR Wireless News