Is O2's network to blame, or Apple's (AAPL) iPhone?
That's the question posed by more than a few British iPhone owners who purchased the device in the past two weeks and have been struggling ever since to get decent telephone reception on it.
The problem surfaced two days after the phone went on sale in the U.K. when "Matlock" in Derbyshire started a discussion thread on Apple's support board entitled "UK 02 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 25, 2007 9:47 AM ET
Britons snapped up Apple (AAPL) iPhones at a healthy clip over the weekend, according to sales estimates that appeared in the British press this morning.
The Guardian and The Times quote Peter Erskine, CEO of O2 UK, estimating that "tens of thousands" of the devices were sold at Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores over the weekend. The Mirror, citing an unnamed O2 spokesperson, put the number at 70,000, according MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 13, 2007 8:07 AM ET
For the faithful, waiting long hours in line for a new Apple (AAPL) product has become one of those formative experiences they'll be retailing to their grandchildren.
It's "a bit like going to a rock concert," Paul Waite told the London Times after sitting in the bitter cold outside Apple's Regent Street store for 12 1/2 hours on Friday for a chance to buy an iPhone on its first day of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 10, 2007 1:24 PM ET
Apple's (AAPL) iPhone makes its European debut Friday, starting with a special midnight event at T-Mobile's flagship Telekom shop in Cologne, Germany. Sales in the U.K. start at 6:02 p.m. at Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse outlets.
The openings have been preceded in the U.K. by the usual Apple marketing drum roll: TV ads in heavy rotation, flattering reviews in the national media (the Telegraph) and the Web (Trusted Reviews), and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 8, 2007 8:32 AM ET
A week before the scheduled Nov. 9 release of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone in the U.K., the Daily Telegraph has published a long interview with Matthew Key, the O2 UK chief executive who negotiated the deal with Steve Jobs. The story offers an interesting perspective on the iPhone, Apple, and its CEO as seen through the eyes of a English businessman.
According to Key, it started with an early morning call on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 3, 2007 9:44 AM ET
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