Thursday, June 18, 2009

Analyst says iPhone 3G S will trounce Palm Pre in first week sales

The 2007 debut release of the iPhone put about a million iPhones into the hands of eager AT&T customers within the first week. According to Apple, the iPhone 3G sold the same amount within the first weekend. According to Sprint, the Pre broke all of its previous one-day and three-day sales figures but never released numbers. Analysts have quoted everything between 50,000 to 100,000. Not terrible, but certainly not what you would expect for the most anticipated smartphone of 2009. Even though the 3G S is only launching in eight countries as opposed to the previous 21, analyst Gene Munster is predicting Apple will move 500,000 devices. That number is five times more than estimated Pre sales. So what happened with the Pre? Let me just say it was a smart move on Palm’s behalf to only give Pre exclusivity to Sprint through 2009. No one wants to be on Sprint’s CDMA network. Once the Pre arrives on Verizon’s network I think Palm will see a jump in sales.

Are you thinking about heading out to your local Apple store early tomorrow morning to be the first to get your fingers tappin’ on the 3G S? AT&T and Apple released some helpful information regarding tomorrow’s launch that you should read over before you make the trip.

Click here to get the full report from Information Week.

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