NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL) started selling the new iPhone 4 in 17 international cities on Friday, and launch reports from around the globe were coming in mixed.Singapore Telecommunications, whose all-night iPhone 4 launch party kicked off at midnight, told the Wall Street Journal that it sold iPhones to a few thousand customers. But fanboys in New Zealand (a few of them pictured below) stood around in confusion outside of Vodafone stores and received mixed messages from store employees -- first the iPhone wasn't available at all; then, later, the iPhone had sold out.
|Apple's iPhone 4 debuts at at Vodafone store in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday July, 30.|
Google's ( GOOG) China troubles seem to be continuing. After a report showed up late Thursday on Google's site stating that some of the company's mainland China search functions were fully blocked, Google cleared things up: "It's possible that our machines could overestimate the level of blockage," a Google spokeswoman said in an e-mailed response to TheStreet. "That seems to be what happened last night when there was a relatively small blockage
During its second quarter earnings report on Thursday morning, Motorola ( MOT) said that its mobile phone unit reported an operating loss of $109 million, compared to a loss of $239 million in the year-ago period. Otherwise Motorola topped estimates, reporting $5.414 billion in revenue vs. the $5.19 billion that analysts were expecting and earnings per share of 7 cents vs. the expected 8 cents. The company's Droid X phone, which sold out at Verizon ( VZ) and Best Buy ( BBY) shortly after launch, likely had little impact on Motorola's most recent earnings report. The company said it shipped 2.7 million smartphones last quarter -- compared to the 8.5 million iPhones Apple shipped in the same time period -- and hopes to ship 12 million to 14 million smartphones this year. Motorola shares closed down 1.58% to $7.49 on Friday.