Applemonium! 1.7 Million iPhones Sold in Three Days

Last week, it was all about the iPad and its huge popularity and by proxy huge sales. Despite pre-order headaches and the incoming onslaught of user complaints, including the antenna problem, Apple is laughing all the way to the bank. The Cupertino company has reported that in the first three days since the iPhone 4 went on sale last week, they’ve sold a whopping 1.7 million units. It isn’t the 1.5 million first day sales estimate that was floating around the web thanks to Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster. Still 1.7 iPhones over three days isn’t too shabby. Compare that to the 3G that sold over a million during its launch weekend.

“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

According to a survey conducted by Fortune, about 77% of iPhone 4 sales were upgrades which was up from 56% in 2009. Other finding include:

  • 16% of buyers were switching carriers to AT&T (T), down from 28% last year
  • 54% purchased the higher-capacity 32GB model, up from 43% last year
  • 28% already owned an iPad
  • Of the 72% that did not own an iPad, 39% indicated that they would likely purchase one in the next 12 months

Now that iPhone speculation is done, net up to bat is Verizon and the Droid X. Comparisons are already being made as are sales estimates as Android lovers prepare to welcome the latest and greatest.

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