June 30, 2010 11 Comments
Apple sold more than 1.7 million iPhone 4 devices in the first three days of availability in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan. According to Piper Jaffray and one survey, more than 77% of the iPhone 4 were sold in the U.S., were upgrades and thus would not bolster the carrier’s net customer addition results.
It is even more impressive when you consider the initial pre-order system failures, the device shortages, and the fact that half of the family isn’t even available yet. And most impressive may be that those who bought it in the U.S. were willing to sell their souls to AT&T for another two years.
In support of the new iPhone’s flooding its network, AT&T Mobility claims they have increased capacity of its 3G network in the New York City area. The updates included the addition of new carriers to “nearly all cell sites in Manhattan and in other areas as needed throughout the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn,” as well as adding a “layer” of precious 850 MHz spectrum to support increased coverage. The carrier has been transitioning portions of its 850 MHz spectrum from its legacy 2G network to its 3G service over the past several years in an attempt to bolster the 3G network’s coverage and capacity. The 3G network originally launched using the carrier’s 1.9 GHz spectrum band. Read more of this post