Apple

said it surpassed 1 million iPhone 3G sales in the first three days the device was available, crushing the pace set by its predecessor.

The phone went on sale Friday and reached the 1 million mark Sunday. The iPhone 3G is available in 21 countries, including the U.S., and it will go on sale in France later this week.

"iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, in a prepared statement. "It took 74 days to sell the first 1 million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world."

Shares of Apple were up 2.4% in early trading Monday.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.