The Apple iPhone launched in Europe yesterday and T-Mobile the exclusive iPhone partner in Germany reports that they have already sold 10,000 iPhones on the first day.
This is a good result, but the iPhone hype in Europe is not nearly as big as it was in the U.S. at launch last summer. It will have to be seen if sales continue for T-Mobile as the 2 year plans you have to choose for the iPhone are rather expensive starting at 49 Euro (~$70).
The 49 Euro iPhone plan includes a fairly unlimited Wifi and Edge data plan (if you use more than 200MB/month you get throttled), 100 min., and 40 SMS.
In the U.S. the lowest iPhone plan from AT&T costs $59.99 and includes unlimited data, 450 min., 5,000 weekend min., and 200 SMS. Now AT&T doesn't look that evil anymore does it?
Dialaphone has taken some photos of Carphone Warehouse and O2 stores in London on launch day. In the afternoon before sales of the iPhone began no lines had formed as of 6.02pm. The only people gathered for the launch were at the Apple store. O2 has not released iPhone sales numbers for the UK yet.
If Apple would have launched the iPhone at the same time in Europe as in the U.S. the frenzy would have been much, much higher. The excitement for the iPhone was huge in Europe, despite the fact that people could not buy the phone yet.
Apple has already sold more than 1 million iPhones in the U.S., making the Europe numbers look kind of low right now. I for my part am waiting for the next iPhone. I want it with 3G and smaller please.
T-Mobile iPhone sales numbers via this T-Mobile press-release (German).