This is something that I’ve never seen before. Usually carriers are incredibly shy to report any numbers, but Rogers has once again claimed to be first. On their website they’ve written that “Over 8,300 of our customers have received their shipment notices for the hottest new phone via the Rogers Reservation System.”
Of course this is not confirming the “hottest new phone” is the Apple iPhone 5, but a pretty good hint especially because it’s currently the only phone available to pre-order online. Rogers informed us earlier this week that pre-orders have been “phenomenal” and “that it’s been one of the best releases to date.”
In addition, sub-brand Fido has joined in and said “several thousand Fido customers have already received their shipment notices for the hottest new phone under the Fido Reservation System.”
Apple recently stated they received over 2 million iPhone 5 pre-orders, so us Canadian have contributed a small portion to the overall number. What do you think… 50,000 – 100,000 units from all the carriers and the Apple Store sales? On Monday we’ll most likely hear from Apple about opening numbers.
Update: As a reminder this is the total number of customers who pre-ordered and “received their shipment notices,” so the actual sales numbers are probably much higher.
Update #2: Both Rogers and Fido have updated their website with news stats. Both carriers recently had the iPhone 5 on the reservation system and Rogers now says “Over 21,000 of our customers have received their shipment notices for the hottest new phone.” Fido has now given a number, “6,000 Fido customers have already received their shipment notices.” So far we know that they’ve sold 27,000 iPhone 5s. Apple reported that opening weekend sales topped 5 million.
Update #3: For those keeping track, Rogers now states on their site that “Over 26,000 of our customers have received their shipment notices for the hottest new phone via the Rogers Reservation System.” In addition, Fido has bumped up their stats to “Over 9,500 Fido customers have already received their shipment notices.” Since the iPhone 5 is/was the only device on their list, this now makes it a combined total of 35,500 iPhone 5s.
Update: #4: Rogers now shows “Over 30,000 of our customers have received their shipment notices”