The iPhone juggernaut shows no sign of slowing. Orange, who are selling the iPhone for the first time today in the UK, reported sales of at least 30,000 in its first day. Apple has been selling the iPhone, iPhone 3G and now the iPhone 3GS on the O2 network for two years so it is interesting to see so much pent up demand on another carrier (Apple…are you getting ideas for the US here?). There were also concerns that Orange’s network policies might alienate prospective customers.
Vodaphone will soon offer the iPhone in the UK as well.
Apple was just catching up to demand at the end of last quarter for the iPhone 3GS. It appears demand is still strong.
Meanwhile, in the US where we have five times the population of the UK, analysts estimate that the Motorola Droid sold 100,000 units in its worldwide debut over the Friday/Sat/Sunday weedend. Verizon had 200,000 on hand and Verizon store owners polled said they had sold about half of their inventory. Those same analysts expect Motorola to sell a million Droid handsets in the coming year.