Yes. 1,500,000 in preorders for the G1. That bests iPhone v3 by half a mil on a number 4 carrier. Nor will they be available till the 22nd. Thats $450m cold cash. Even today 2-3 weeks in a money market account before you ship is a nice bonus! –
That’s an insane amount of interest for such a device. Sure, Apple says that it sold 1 million 3G iPhones the first weekend the device was available, and that’s nice. But here comes T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest wireless network operator, coming up with 1.5 million pre-orders on a brand new mobile platform.
HTC must be beside itself with excitement. The Taiwanese firm that is manufacturing the G1 has had plenty of success with its Touch line of Windows Mobile smartphones, but this is extraordinary. HTC was projecting that it would sell several hundred thousand G1s by the end of 2008. To learn that 1.5 million people have pre-ordered it is incredible.
Somebody at HTC is headed for VP of engineering.