TORONTO Rogers Communications Inc (RCIb.TO)
said on Monday the launch shipment of Apple Inc's (AAPL.O)
iPhone 3G had sold out in most cities in Canada and marked the
best weekend of handset sales in Rogers' history.
Rogers, which owns Canada's biggest wireless carrier, said
in a statement that "tens of thousands" of the multimedia
handsets were sold, but did not provide exact figures.
The company, which is the only carrier in Canada to offer
the popular smartphone, started selling the iPhone on Friday.
The handset combines a phone, an iPod music player and a Web
browser in one device.
"With iPhone 3G, we've had the best weekend sales of a
handset in Rogers Wireless history," said John Boynton, the
carrier's chief marketing officer.
The company said tens of thousands more iPhones have
arrived in Canada and will be in stores across the country by
Rogers initially drew customer complaints when it announced
the prices of service plans for the iPhone, which many
customers found to be overly expensive, especially when
compared with those in the United States.
Then, shortly before the iPhone went on sale, Rogers
announced a cheaper, promotional data plan.
Rogers shares were down 31 Canadian cents at C$36.90 on the
Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.
(Reporting by Wojtek Dabrowski; editing by Peter Galloway)