iPhone 4 preorders top 600,000 as unlocked iPhones head to Canada
iPhone 4 preorder sales break Apple's own record for most smart phones sold in a day. Plus: Canada gets an unlocked iPhone.
"It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions," writes Apple in a public apology letter. "Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock."
The iPhone 4's one-day total was 10-times higher than the iPhone 3G S's last summer. And that previous model still went on to sell 1 million units in three days.
On Thursday morning, Apple's website says new preorders will ship July 14, nearly three weeks after the iPhone 4 is supposed to go on sale in stores. But, hey, you can still get the $99 iPhone 3G S by June 24. In fact, colleague Matt Shaer wrote recently that the iPhone 3G S is a better fit for some shoppers.
Either way, Canadians have something to celebrate this week. Our neighbor to the north is now the second country to enjoy legitimately unlocked iPhones. As Apple fans in the United Kingdom already know, unlocking the iPhone means that it will work on any GSM phone carrier. Here in the states, we're still stuck with a single phone company, AT&T.
This new Canadian policy hints that those rumors about T-Mobile (a GSM carrier) may be true. It also suggests that a Verizon iPhone (which would need to work on a CDMA network instead of the global GSM technology) is still a long ways away.