The 3G edition may have accelerated iPhone sales worldwide, but the picture in eastern Europe is less rosy. Dow Jones reports that T-Mobile and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) in the Czech Republic have sold only about 5,000 each since launch on August 22. T-Mobile spokeswoman Martina Kemrova said that’s “in line with our expectations” – but the figures are dwarfed by take-up elsewhere in the world…
– Worldwide: Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) reported first-weekend iPhone 3G sales of one million and three million 3G iPhones in three days following its July launch. T-Mobile reported 120,000 international sales since July 11.
— UK: Carphone Warehouse projected 70,000 first-weekend sales for the first-gen iPhone last year; analysts totted up 190,000 from O2 in the first eight weeks.
— Germany: T-Mobile sold 10,000 first-gen iPhones on its first day last year and 75,000 iPhone 3Gs since this July 11.
Dow Jones (NYSE: NWS) quotes a source close to Vodafone as acknowledging Czech sales were “very small despite heavy marketing, because Czechs aren’t used to this kind of hype”. iPhone 3G is also carried by O2 in the Czech Republic.