Posts Tagged ‘ 3G ’

Estimate: 120,000 iPad sold at first sale day

Many experts are predicting how much iPads Apple has actually sold.  First there was an estimaton of 20,000 pieces per hour, based on a rather rough estimate. It sounds that there were many reservations, that customers who wanted to retrieve the iPad in the store had no guarantee that on April 3 they would receive one. Now there are new estimates of Cillage Investor’s AAPL Sanity Board: 120,000 iPad sold!

They did not look at two orders, but 99 orders which in total 110 were for an iPad. It was a time period of 19.5 hours (and not a half hour, as the previous estimate). Based on these measurements, they come to the following conclusion: there are approximately 120,000 iPad sold on the first sale day.

In fact, there were 124,500 orders, but on a normal Friday 16,500 orders come in, so that number is off.  After some rounding and applying a conversion factor (an average customer buys 1.11 iPads) than they come out at 120.000 iPads.

It appeared that most customers reserved the Wi-Fi (69 %) version of the iPad  and not the more expensive Wi-Fi + 3G version (31%).  Which model they bought? This remarkable shows fairly distributed:

  • 16GB iPad: 33%
  • 32GB iPad: 32%
  • 64GB iPad: 33%

Roll Cast analyst Victor is surprised that people would buy device that almost nobody has handled and that only comes about three weeks. There are rumors that Apple has manufactured 300,000 iPads to make the next few days so people can continue ordering.  Sanity collected the data based on users: they sent their order, the iPad type, the time of the order, the time zone and the memory.

Is that many, 120,000 units? If you consider that throughout 2008 Amazon has sold 500,000 Kindles, it is a lot!

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No iPad in Benelux yet

The new Apple iPad will hit American stores on April 3rd.  This will be the model without WiFi.
By the end of April, the WiFi and 3G enhanced model will be available too.  By that time, the distribution will start in other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switserland and the UK. For the Benelux countries however, no release date has been set yet.  Other countries are supposed to follow later this year.

The cheapest model (with a memory of 16 Gb) will cost $ 499.  For the 32 Gb and 64 Gb, American consumers will have to pay $599 and $699.  If you want the model that features WiFi and 3G, the price becomes $629, $729 or $829.

Fourth Belgian mobile operator now legally possible

The Parliament has approved a law proposal that makes room for a fourth mobile operator in the Belgian mobile landscape.  Although other candidates are ‘possible’ according to minister Van Quickenborne, it’s a public secret that Telenet is very interested in this licence. 

A fourth licence for the 3G network is now also possible and will be contributed after an auction, probably in the second trimestre of 2010.

A legal frame has also been made for upcoming 4G networks.  By 2015 there should be two 4G licences available.

The limitations of the Apple iPad

In the week since Steve Jobs’ announcement of the Apple iPad, much has been written about this new multimedia device.  But contrary to the iPhone, which was the hype of 2007, the comments are not very positive this time.

6Minutes has made a good summary of the limitations of the iPad, most importantly:
– It has no camera
– No USB entrance, nor a slot for memory card
– No Flash
– 3G not by default
– No multitasking

On top of that, the iPad uses micro SIM-cards, that are not used by any of the Belgian mobile operators (or any of the European operators, for that matter).  So as long as the operators don’t adapt, 3G on the iPad in Belgium won’t be possible.  Probably Mobistar, as Apple’s preferred partner, will be the first to make the change.

Twitter inventor Dorsey proposes mobile payment system

Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey has proposed his new mobile payment system ‘Square’ at the LeWeb09 event.

Square uses a small device which can be plugged into the headset connection of your iPhone, allowing your mobile device to turn into a credit card reader.  Zip your credit card through the small sweeper and it transmits the encrypted data via WiFi or 3G to the Square systems, where the actual payment takes place.  Via your touch screen you can add your signature.  Afterwards, a confirmation of the payment is received by mail and by SMS.

See it in action here:

Mobile Internet use in Belgium will triple

According to a new Forrester study, the use of the Mobile Internet in Belgium will triple over the next 5 years.    While now only a mere 9% of Belgian mobile users surf the mobile web, this will be 28% in 2014.  Still, this means Belgium still seriously lags behind in Europe, where an average of 39% is expected.  Our Dutch neighbours would even go up to 47%, almost half of the mobile population.

Forrester gives a few explanations for this bad score:
– First of all, the amount of 3G networks is limited, with Base still not offering anything. 
– Secondly, there is (or rather, was) the ban on combined sales, which meant that smartphones are still expensive and are less prominent than in other countries.
– Thirdly and most important, is the lack of flat rate subscriptions. 

So it’s mostly up to the mobile operators, whether or not they want to give a boost to the mobile internet market.  With profit for voice and text decreasing, one would think they are eager to stimulate this mobile platform…

SMS record expected at Memorial Van Damme

While the athletes, participating to the Memorial Van Damme that takes place at the Koning Boudewijn stadium in Brussels this Friday, hope to break new records, there might be another record set at the event.   

Belgacom is expecting some 130.000 SMS messages, which would be double of last year’s mobile traffic.  To allow the 60.000 crowd to communicate, the mobile infrastructure has been enlarged enormously.  Belgacom has used as parameter the peak traffic at the Madonna concert in Werchter, last July. 
The 3G capacity has been doubled as well, since some 10.000 3G calls are expected.