A Million iPhones

Apple said they sold over a million over the weekend:

Apple® today announced that it has sold over one million iPhone™ 3GS models through Sunday, June 21, the third day after its launch. In addition, six million customers have downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software in the first five days since its release.

“Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever.”

Good for them. I got one, too — and I love it. Had a BlackBerry for years and the browsers are simply not comparable, and the apps, well, I’m just getting started. According to Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, 12% of those who bought the new iPhone 3GS were switching from BlackBerry, and 28% were switching carriers.

I’d have to agree with Steve Wildstrom, the iPhone is unstoppable:

Competitors have at least as much to fear from the new software, which is free for the original iPhone and iPhone 3G and a $10 upgrade for the iPod Touch (a Wi-Fi equipped iPod you can think of as a phoneless iPhone). Apple moved to match and, in many cases, leapfrog the competition.

Now, I’m not surprised. After using it for a couple of days, I know first-hand what a superior product it really is.

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$2.99 Minimum for BlackBerry Apps

Research in Motion is not about to give up its hold on the corporate market. Charge them for apps — no freebies for you corporate types.  Released just in time for the CTIA Wireless show. The scoop, via Crackberry:

It seems RIM has decided the minimum price for paid apps will be $2.99. Potentially good news for developers, but bad news for the BlackBerry owners out there thinking that RIM’s application storefront would usher in 99 cent BlackBerry app pricing a la the iPhone App Store. Of course, free apps are still welcome, but as previously blogged the way their developer agreement is currently structured it’ll cost money to submit free apps to the store. Most people are willing to pay $3 (or more) for an app if it’s a good app. Where the 99 cent and $1.99 tiers fit well are for the not good but fun apps (fart apps, beer apps, etc.) which by the looks of this RIM would rather not see hit their app store.

Let’s face it, the iPhone is still years ahead of the others. No touch-screen handheld comes close to matching its utility, and Apple’s App Store is revolutionizing how people love their iPhone. Look, I’ve had a BlackBerry since 2003, and they’ve improved remarkably since. Use it every waking moment of my day.

I think RIM missed it here. There are 25,000 apps for the iPhone so far, so competitors have to go something truly exceptional to get people’s attention. If Apple ever does a deal with Verizon, the party’s over.

But since I left SES Americom, my employer of ten years, I’ve asked myself why I need my Curve when I can do so much more done with an iPhone? Enough said: I’ll get one next week; can’t hold out much longer.

In This Hand, The Palm Pre

Here’s another touch-screen alternative to Apple’s iPhone: the Palm Pre. Introduced at CES 2009 in Las Vegas. Engadget’s got it, as they always do at CES.

Many are hoping this is Palm’s comeback product in the market they once dominated, according to the Wall Street Journal:

The Palm Pre is built upon a new operating system, which is called the Palm webOS, that the company says will make it easier for developers to create applications for Palm devices.

“We think it is the first device that will automatically navigate the Web,” said Jon Rubinstein, Palm’s executive chairman, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Thursday.

The device is Palm’s latest attempt to make headway in the smart-phone market. Palm, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., was once a trendsetter in hand-held computers, and helped pioneer the smart-phone category earlier this decade with the Treo device, but it has since been squeezed by competition from Research in Motion Ltd.’s Blackberry and Apple Inc.’s iPhone. In mid-2007, private equity group Elevation Partners took a 25% stake in Palm and brought on board Mr. Rubinstein, formerly a top Apple executive, to try to bring back innovation at the company.

Amazing how quickly products rise and fall. In spite of Pogue’s panning of the Blackberry Storm, fans remain in favor. Days for its introduction, Verizon was predicting strong sales, although Engadget was reporting software failure.

You know, the more I think about it, the more I need to get an iPhone.