Palm Pre Shifts 300,000 Units As iPhone 3GS Sells Out

Both proving extremely popular.

It must be nice when you can’t build a product fast enough to satisfy demand…

That is the smug feeling for both Palm and Apple this week after sales figures revealed the Pre has shifted more than 300,000 units despite severe stock shortages. Meanwhile O2 has admitted it has sold out of the iPhone 3GS completely.

Palm is said to be hammering out no less than 15,000 Pres a day but it is still lagging way behind. Despite this the company expects to hit the one million handset mark before the end of Q3. One heck of an achievement for a company so close to the edge.

As for O2 it has posted a notice on its official site explaining: “iPhone 3GS is currently out of stock: Due to the phenomenal demand for the new iPhone 3GS, we’ve temporarily run out of stock online, over the phone and in our retail stores. We expect additional stock of the new iPhone 3G S to be available online, over the phone and in our retail stores at the end of this week.”

This is rather incredible given the outrageous tariffs imposed by the company and the incremental nature of the (still hugely impressive) upgrade.

”’In related news”’ it looks like the much heralded iPhoneOS 3.0 firmware won’t be around for long as developers have confirmed Apple has already made version 3.1 available to them. Quite what it brings is currently unknown but I suspect it’ll primarily be tweaks and closing unlocked handsets. Some reports also suggest battery life has suffered on the 3G since the upgrade so we could see a fix there.

In all, however, two of the markets more premium smartphones are selling faster than they can be built. I thought we were meant to be in the middle of *whisper it* ”recession”…

Pre Figures via Barron’s
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