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iPhone stocks taking up space in storerooms

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 5 comments

WARNING : Contains iPhone related content.

Apparently all has not been rosy in the O2/iPhone camp. O2 CEO, Peter Erksine, recently iPoo-pooed reports that over 100,000 iPhones had been sold inside the first week of it’s launch and while it did nothing for his reputation, recent figures prove that honesty is the best policy.

Erksine told us it was still early days for the iPhone, not to mention his optimistic remarks regarding his sales tactics (“if you can get them into the shop, you can sell them something”). Reports from phone industry sources reveal that the early days have yet to give way to later days. having said that, we doubt the later days will bring a stampede of iPhone wanters.

Recent reports show that as little as 26,000 iPhones have been activated. This figure falls quite short of Carphone Warehouse’s predictions of 10,000 iPhones walking out of the shop on the first day.

Although one does wonder about how many iPhones were bought and then unlocked or used as doorstops . . .

While Carphone Warehouse can excuse its shortage of sales (dodgy credit card machines), other iPhone retailers are stuck in the mud when it comes to excuses.

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    mi1ez , 23 November 2007 20:57
    Over-priced load of nonsense!

    I'd rather get a free phone and EeePC...
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    mi1ez , 23 November 2007 20:57
    Over-priced load of nonsense!

    I'd rather get a free phone and EeePC...
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    tstebbens , 23 November 2007 23:23
    As I've said over and over, there's nothing on this thing that hasn't been done before (with the exception of OS X on a hand-held device.) I've had pretty much everything the iPhone does on a Windows Mobile device for the last 5 years. Granted the UI on the iPhone is *much* slicker, but I'd trade that slick UI for the openess of Windows Mobile anyday... I can't believe I just called a Microsoft product "open"... but compared to the iPhone it is.
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    iphone_rox , 27 November 2007 10:31
    well ive had to put up with a windows phone being slow and crashing and losing sim card mid conversation, thats a clunky overpriced piece of **** with rubbish overpriced software on it.

    Now ive got an iphone - does exactly what it says on the tin - much much slicker and so easier to use - no start bar and file open, cut paste - but that shows you what windows phones are - a bug ridden poorly designed os that cant run on the hardware its 'designed' for (or rather mass produced for as the os takes up most of the memory it comes with) - compare to the apple product which is not overpriced as you also get a very compact 8GB ipod + free net and mail ( it is smaller than you think), good software and hardware - spent their time, designed it properly and is absolute quality - get a 'zune' and a smartphone - tape m together and enjoy the clucky ride !
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    darkstar782 , 25 December 2007 16:45
    Expensive phone, expensive tariffs to cash in on it, poor feature set.

    My n95 8GB has never crashed, was free on a contract, has a cheaper tariff that still gives more minutes/texts and unlimited 'net.

    The n95 8GB can function as an MP3 player fine, has an extensive software library, a 5MP camera, has HSDPA (3.5G) connectivity for up to 7.2Mbit download speeds, records video, has inbuilt GPS....

    What possible reason is there to buy an iPod again?