Posts Tagged ‘ wifi ’

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!

Advertisements

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.

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:

Proximus to offer new Google Phone

Proximus will be distributing the new HTC Magic, the second mobile phone equipped with the Android operating system.  The first Google Phone was the T-Mobile G1.

The HTC Magic Google Phone will have a touch screen and will support 3G and Wifi.

More info will follow at a press conference tomorrow.

BBC launches beta version of Mobile TV

The BBC unveiled a beta version of its Live TV streaming television service optimized for mobile handsets including the Nokia N96 and Nokia 5800.

The mobile TV trial nevertheless faces some serious limitations.  Content is broadcast at a resolution of  just 176×144 to guarantee compatibility across a wide range of handsets. Moreover, the service is currently accessible solely via WiFi-enabled devices.

Read more at IT Pro Portal.

Skype available on mobile phones

“Fantastic!”, my colleague Olivier exclaimed after having installed Skype on his iPhone.  As he is using the company’s WIFI network, he can call other Skypers for free.  And after a few tests, the quality turned out to be pretty good.

This evolution is worrysome for telecom operators.  When Skype was introduced years ago, they were reassured that most people were used to their mobile phone and wouldn’t limit themselves to sitting at their PC to make their phone calls.  Now that the Internet has become more mobile, the threat is back.

Of course, it is still a limited service.  You can only call to other Skype users for free.  You can also call another phone number, but then a telecom network is used at the receiver’s end, so it’s paying.  Another limitation is that you need a Wifi network, which are not as widespread here as they are in the United States.  Without the Wifi, you’re surfing on the telecom network… and paying for data.
UPDATE: Turns out that Skype only works on Wifi, not on 3G because of contractual agreements.

Nonetheless, it’s obvious that the telecoms should start rethinking their strategy.

skype-mobile-phone

NMBS prefers Mobile Internet over Wifi

Interesting quote from NMBS representative Jochem Goovaerts when giving an explanation why the NMBS isn’t currently considering Wifi connection on their trains:

“We focus on our management contract and want to bet mostly on Mobile Internet.  This technology is more future oriented.  It is therefore important to have a good coverage level and to obtain that we’re in discussion with the operators.”