iPhone Sales, Inventory and Domain Name

Despite a wide range of claims from analysts about the iPhone's sales on opening weekend, the most official word comes from AT&T's spokesman Mark Siegel who indicates that the iPhone sales on opening weekend were more than they'd sold in the first month of any other wireless device in AT&T's history.

AT&T also notes that the iPhone activation problems should be entirely resolved at this time, though the EDGE network appears to have had a temporary outage yesterday.

Meanwhile, as of last night, Apple's retail inventory tool revealed that iPhones were sold out in 95/164 Apple retail stores. There's no way to determine if this is simply due to high demand or some combination of low supply... but early online Apple Store orders for the iPhone will start shipping on July 6th, rather than the 2-4 week time frame originally cited.

Finally, we previously noted that Apple had obtained ownership of the iPhone.com domain name, though the circumstances surrounding the transfer was unclear. A new report today clarifies that the domain was sold to Apple by the original owner.

Apple has owned the iPhone.org domain name since December 1999, and triggered the initial speculation that Apple was looking to create a mobile phone. The ownership of iPhone.com, however, has remained in the hands of a 3rd party until this past week.

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