AT&T, the exclusive service provider for iPhone, said it signed up 146 thousand iPhone customers as subscribers in the first two days of iPhone sales, Reuters news-agency reports. Given that end-users had to sign up for a special contract with AT&T to get an Apple iPhone, therefore, the number of subscribers does reflect the number of sold-through iPhones.
“The difference (between sales and activations) is going to be what was sold on eBay or activations that didn't happen immediately. There were some problems with activations but from what we heard it was minimal,” Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves is reported to have said.
Technology and telecom analysts estimated sales of 500 to 700 thousand units of the iPhone in the first weekends, however, with the actual numbers being tangibly lower than that, the prospects of the gadget that combines phone, digital media player and an Internet browser may not turn out to be that bright.