According to engadget 600,000 iPhone 4 were pre-ordered. An amazing number for ONE DAY.
Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.
Bottom Line: if we have good technology with perceived value (thank you Mr. Jobs) people will gulp it.
By the way, while I have an iPhone 3gs I still work with my Nokia e61e.