Here's something you don't see very often.
A high-res panoramic camera captured the mob scene Saturday morning when Apple (AAPL) opened its flagship Munich retail outlet -- the first Apple Store in Germany. A huge crowd showed up, and it's all there in QTVR -- QuickTime virtual reality.
To experience the thing, created by photographer Willy Kaemena (visible at the center of the panorama), click on the image above -- or go MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 6, 2008 11:59 AM ET
There's a theory favored by savvy Apple watchers that the first generation iPhone -- greeted with such hoopla last year -- was not actually the real thing.
That iPhone -- the one that hundreds of thousands of Americans queued up to buy for up to $599 apiece, the one that Time magazine named the Invention of the Year, the one that six million people purchased before Apple finally stopped making them in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 9, 2008 7:31 AM ET
Even as Canada's Rogers Communications and Germany's T-Mobile compete to offer the worst voice and data plans for the iPhone 3G, Hutchison Global Communications on Monday unveiled what may be the best.
Hutchison (HTX), which stuck a deal with Apple (AAPL) in May to bring the iPhone to Hong Kong and Macau, will be offering customers a choice of two pricing plans:
8GB iPhone for HK$2,938 ($377) plus HK$188 per month ($24/month) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 30, 2008 10:16 AM ET
Last week, Steve Jobs announced that in "almost every one" of the 22 countries selling the iPhone 3G on July 11, the maximum price in would be $199 for the 8G model.
AT&T (T) went with the maximum. Some of Apple's (AAPL) international partners are going with the minimum or close to it.
O2 (TEF), which carries the phone in the U.K., announced last week that the iPhone would be free for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 16, 2008 8:32 AM ET
Well, that's one way to clear your shelves of excess inventory.
Eight days after O2 and Carphone Warehouse, Apple's U.K. distributors, tried to rid themselves of unsold iPhones by instituting a 100 pound (37%) price cut on the 8GB model, the extra phones have all but disappeared.
On Thursday, Carphone, Europe's largest independent mobile phone retailer, alerted advertisers that the sale had done its work: the 8GB models were gone and would MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 25, 2008 8:09 AM ET
Hard on the heels of a 75% price cut in Germany and 100 pounds (37%) off in the U.K. comes a report out of Paris that two high-level executives at Orange, the iPhone's wireless carrier in France, have flown to Cupertino to figure out what to do about the excess inventory piling up on their shelves.
Under a headline that reads "L'échec de l'iPhone pousse Orange et Apple à renégocier" ("The MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 19, 2008 11:07 AM ET
End-of-year sales figures for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone in Europe are trickling in, but not in any form that can be definitively pieced together.
That latest news comes from Germany, where the head of Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile division said in an online interview Saturday that it had signed on 70,000 customers in the 11 weeks since the device went on sale. (link)
What's not clear is whether that number represents iPhone sales or MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 27, 2008 9:17 AM ET
The British and the Germans queued up dutifully for their Apple (AAPL) iPhones, but when the devices finally arrived in Paris last week, the French went nuts.
On day one, France Telecom's Orange division sold 12,000 iPhones, according to Metro International, easily beating T-Mobile's first-day sales in Germany, a country with one third more people (82 million vs. 61 million) and 50 percent more Internet users (52 million vs. 34 million) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 5, 2007 9:54 AM ET
Apple (AAPL) and T-Mobile may have thought they could choke off the sale of unlocked iPhones in Germany by pricing them high enough -- and 999 euros ($1,485 at today's exchange rate) is certainly pretty steep for a cell phone that ordinarily sells for 399 euros in Europe and $399 in the U.S.
But they probably didn't figure on the competition using that 600 euro ($890) price differential as a crowbar MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 27, 2007 5:20 PM ET
UPDATE: France Telecom today set its prices for iPhones locked and unlocked. See France's $956 iPhone.
Apple's (AAPL) iPhone goes on sale in France Wednesday night for 399 euros ($593) with a 2-year contract, and although we don't know yet how much France Telecom plans to charge for an iPhone without a contract, we do know that it will be less than 999 euros ($1,485 at today's exchange rates).
That's how much MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 27, 2007 12:04 PM ET
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