Apple Sold 1 Million iPhones in the First 3 Days

Apple announced yesterday that it had sold 1 million of the new model of iPhone by Sunday, just two days after it was launched. Apple introduced the iPhone 3G on Friday in 21 countries, including Australia, Italy, Mexico and New Zealand, and people around the world grabbed them.

The original iPhone, introduced in late June 2007 in the United States only, sold about 270,000 units in its first two days. Sales topped 1 million by early September. The new device sells in 21 countries.

Long lines were present at Apple stores and at stores operated by the company’s exclusive wireless partner, AT&T Inc. The introduction was plagued by software problems: All new iPhones had to be activated through a connection to Apple’s servers, which were overloaded quickly. And new software was released for the old iPhone, which required reactivation of those devices. The iPhone 3G was introduced simultaneously in 21 countries, including the U.S. The company has set a goal of selling 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008.

The new iPhone can surf the Internet faster than the original. Different models cost between $199 and $299.

“It took 74 days to sell the first 1 million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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