Apple Sells 1 Million iPhone 3G Over The Opening Weekend

Apple Sells 1 Million iPhone 3G Over The Opening WeekendThe new iPhone 3G by Apple made a tremendous opening this weekend, with 1 million phones sold worldwide, despite some activation problems.

The original iPhone took 74 days to sell 1 million handsets and the new iPhone 3G has done this just in a weekend, making it an instant hit. Almost all the stores were sold out on Friday and new shipments are on the way. "iPhone 3G had a stunning openning weekend." Apple's chief Executive, Steven P. Jobs, said in a statement.

However, many customers faced activation problems and had to leave stores frustrated, when they were not able to use their phones even after standing in line for hours. The synchronizing problem arised because of too many people trying to gain access to iTunes at the same time.

iPhone 3G is now available in 21 countries. The price of the handset has been slashed in the United States, with 16 GB model now available for $299 and 8GB model for $199, via AT&T. However, the unlimited data plan service is $10 costlier now and the bundled text messaging will now be an add-on or pay-per-use service.

According to Telecommuncations Analyst, Jeffery Kagan, "Despite the activation issues, the first weekend sales are very impressive and they are at par with the estimates set by the analysts."