Feeds

AT&T's iPhone 'iLaunch' sets record

'Best-ever sales day'

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

An internal AT&T memo leaked to MacDailyNews crows that "iLaunch day 2009" - yes, you read that correctly, "iLaunch" - set multiple Big Phone sales records.

Here's the pertinent portion of the self-congratulatory missive:

iLaunch day 2009 was one for the record books, as AT&T customers scrambled to get their hands on the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet.

Here's a look at some of the milestones we achieved:

  • Best-ever sales day in our retail stores
  • Second-largest traffic day in our retail stores
  • Most transactions processed via our IT systems in a single day
  • Most upgrade eligibility checks in a single day
  • Largest order day in att.com history
  • Largest features sales day in att.com history

On this year's launch day, iPhone sales exceeded sales recorded on 2008's iPhone launch day, Black Friday 2008 and Dec. 26, 2008 - all heavy-volume sales days. In fact, this year we surpassed 2008's launch day sales at about noon Central time, and sustained our previous peak hour record, also set in 2008, for 11 straight hours.

On the Monday after the iPhone 3GS's Friday, June 19th launch, Apple announced that over one million iPhones had been sold over that weekend. Apple won't divulge exactly how many have been sold since then - at least until it reveals its quarterly sales results on Tuesday, July 21st.

But it appears that US iPhone phanatics haven't been deterred by AT&T's delay of MMS support and internet tethering, nor the company's convoluted iPhone 3G-to-3GS upgrade policies.

No wonder Big Phone is reportedly angling to extend its iPhone-exclusivity deal with Apple, and why the company's president for retail sales and services, Paul Roth, recently testified (PDF) before a US Senate committee investigating such deals that "exclusivity provides enormous consumer benefits and results in devices and innovations that would not otherwise be introduced."

From Roth's point of view, exclusivity is all about consumer benefits and innovation. He didn't mention that it also enabled AT&T to achieve its best sales day in the company's history. ®

Bootnote

The iPhone 3GS sales-record announcement was actually the second half of the leaked memo. The first item of business was that ex-King of Pop Michael Jackson's death spiked text messages to 65,000 messages per second, a rate the memo referred to as "the largest volume ever recorded - surpassing events like American Idol voting and New Year's Eve."

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...
Guess they don't like our battery-draining update?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.