At&t issued initial subscriber numbers for the first two days of iPhone sales with 146,000 registered activations…which were well below the estimated number of units sold, that analysts the world over pulled out of their rears.
We saw some analysts say that Apple and At&t sold as many as 500,000 + iPhones in the first two days….and you know what? That could be true. What we’re talking about here is the number of people that At&t managed to get activated. At&t activation problems were widespread, and reported everywhere. I saw first hand what happened on Friday evening. At&t’s activation service was completely down for hours.
The problem here is that analysts are going to be reporting that the iPhone has “failed” by comparing the actual activations and sales numbers to the ones that they flat out made up, based on their own “estimates”. Sometimes, I honestly don’t understand how it’s legal to be an analyst and just make crap up, then talk bad about a company when that thing you made up doesn’t happen.
The number of iPhones sold is going to greatly outnumber the number of iPhones that At&t was able to get activated in the first 48 hours, but those that are eager to see the iPhone fail are going to jump all over this….so expect to see quite a few headlines on MSN and Yahoo about how terrible the iPhone is doing.
Me…I’m going to wait and see how many iPhones they sold, and how many they activated in the first MONTH before I decide whether the iPhone is doing well or not…