O2 sells more iPhone 3G S than iPhone 3G on launch day

O2 claims it has already sold more iPhone 3G S handsets than it did on the launch day of the iPhone 3G.

O2 spokeswoman Emma Hart confirmed that the higher sales were not due to the registration issues that marred the launch of the iPhone 3G. She told Macworld: "Last year we had a slower processing time for the first hour, but by 10am we were up and running fine. We are confident we processed as many customer as we could that day."

The mobile phone network described seeing 10 times higher than average footfall in its stores during the launch morning, leading it to anticipate selling 50 per cent more iPhone 3G S handsets than it did on launch day for the iPhone 3G.

Hart went on to confirm that the company was confident it would be able to meet demand for the iPhone 3G S. "We have been through the experience before so we are able to anticipate stock levels, and replenish them quickly."

"We are delighted with the sales of iPhone 3G S, we will be refreshing stock in stores overnight for the weekend with a further delivery early next week," added Hart.

Macworld visited the O2 store on London's Oxford Street earlier today and found that demand was steady - there was a 45-minute wait and the only customers being allowed into the store are those who are buying a new iPhone. Most people we saw said they were new to the iPhone, as opposed to paying for an upgrade. However, Hart confirmed that O2 had seen a mix of customers looking to upgrade existing iPhones and those new to the Apple mobile.