Apple says the 3G iPhone sold one million units worldwide during its first three days (enough to overload Apple's activation servers). Local PR refused to break-out NZ figures, so I conducted a scientific survey of two stores on Auckland's Queen Street. A sales rep at Vodafone's 171 Queen Street store - scene of the world-first 3G iPhone sale - said his shop had sold out.
This took me back a bit, as I'd been expecting to uncover anecdotal evidence that the over-priced 1GB plan (the second most expensive in the 21 countries the 3G iPhone was released) had left local punters cold.
But at 171 Queen Street, the rep claimed that all of its allocated 170 3G iPhones had been sold - which sounds pretty good, to me, for one store over three days - and that "it's sold out everywhere". A bunch of guys on their lunch break were hunched enthusiastically around a remaining display iPhone, proving negative press about the 3G model's pricing hasn't dented the device's rock star appeal.
The DS Wireless store up the hill also reported a sellout, though the guy behind the counter said "we hardly got any". Reinforcement iPhones were arriving in two weeks, he'd been told.
Vodafone's Paul Brislen says the last iPhones in the first shipment of "several thousand" did sell out last night (Wednesday night) but that restocking has already started.