270K iPhones sold in two days, 146K activated

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.

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 September. By that time, 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:
- and read this transcript of the Apple conference call

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