The blog WaitingforiPhone.com provided the most bogus data of all, claiming that "a full-time staffer in ATT Mobilty's Commerce Group who chose to remain anonymous" stated that AT&T had activated 1 million iPhones in the first few days.
In fact, Apple reported today that it shipped nearly 270,000 of the new devices in the first two days of sales -- a great quarter for any other device maker, but way below the wilder claims. AT&T said yesterday that it activated 146,000 iPhones in the first two days it was on sale, meaning the WaitingforiPhone number was off by 86%.
Resisting iPhone mania, JP Morgan analyst Bill Shope came up with a sales estimate for the first weekend that looks positively deadeyed by comparison: Shope said around 312,000 iPhones were sold that first weekend, adding in a note to clients that demand was slightly disappointing.
Tell me again: What are these other guys getting paid for?