Apple says it has sold more than 1 million iPhone 3GS models through Sunday, June 21, 2009, the third day after its launch.
In addition, 6 million customers have downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software in the first five days since its release.
"Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, in a prepared statement. "With over 50,000 applications available from Apple's revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever."
The new iPhone 3GS is touted as the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including improved speed and performance -- up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G -- with longer battery life, a high-quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera, easy to use video recording and hands free voice control.
iPhone 3GS includes the new iPhone OS 3.0, the world's most advanced mobile operating system with over 100 new features such as Cut, Copy and Paste, MMS*, Spotlight Search, landscape keyboard and more. iPhone 3GS customers get access to more than 50,000 applications from Apple's revolutionary App Store, the largest application store in the world where customers have already downloaded over one billion apps.
iPhone 3GS offers twice the capacity for the same price with a 16GB model for just $199 and a new 32GB model for just $299.**
Meanwhile, the price for the 8GB iPhone 3G was dropped to $99 for the 8GB model -- a huge milestone for the high end smartphone market, according to Apple.
The latest Apple iPhone 3G S made its debut June 19, 2009, with Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicting first-weekend sales of 500,000 units.
Appleinsider reports that AT&T has sold hundreds of thousands of the devices through pre-orders
While some media reports are calling launch-day crowds "relatively sedate" compared with previous iPhone debuts, that's not stopping business app developers, including Salesforce.com, DataViz and Motion Personal Health Records, from queuing up to herald their offerings for the device and its new 3.0 OS.
Meanwhile, there were reports of scattered activation problems and dismay over AT&T's pricing plans for existing iPhone owners. If existing iPhone owners haven't fulfilled their two-year contract, they reportedly could be on the hook for an additional $200 to upgrade to the 3G S
In the U.S., AT&T customers can choose from several monthly plans that start at $69.99 per month for voice and unlimited data (e-mail and Web browsing). All iPhone plans include nationwide long distance and roaming, Visual Voicemail, Rollover, and unlimited Mobile-to-Mobile calling.
AT&T FamilyTalk offers extra value for families who share minutes. Plans start as low as $129.99 a month for two iPhone lines with bundled voice and unlimited data. Up to three additional iPhone lines can be added for $39.99 each.
Small business customers may qualify for AT&T BusinessTalk, a shared minute plan specifically for small businesses.
Companies can share up to 20,000 minutes per month between as many as 40 employees. In addition, business customers and employees of many businesses are eligible for discounted service rates.
Other Smartphone News
In other news from the smartphone front, on June 18, 2009, Research In Motion announced that it shipped 7.8 million devices in the three months ended May 30, 2009, the company's fiscal 1Q. Approximately 3.8 million net new BlackBerry subscriber accounts were added in the quarter for a total account base of 28.5 million.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg is reporting that most of the buyers of the Palm Pre -- which went on sale in the U.S. on the Sprint network on June 6, 2009 -- are existing Sprint customers, which means that the device isn't helping the carrier lure new subscribers away from its rivals AT&T and Verizon.
And, T-Mobile says it will have an updated Android device, the $199 myTouch 3G with Google, available for pre-order on July 8 for existing T-Mobile customers. The HTC smartphone, which is expected at retail in August 2009, is the followup to the T-Mobile G1, released in 2008.
T-Mobile also has the 3G HTC Dash, a Windows Mobile device, due on the market by July 2009.
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*MMS messaging is available only on iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS; fees may
apply. MMS may not be available in all areas. MMS support from AT&T
will be available in late summer.
**Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.
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