Originally Posted by speedlever
I wonder if those numbers are the amount sold to individual consumers or if that is the number of GS4s sold to retailers/providers?
And I'm sure it's gross.. not net (of returns).
I've had two of them already, but only one at a time.
It is sell-in to the channels rather than consumers. It always is, regardless of company or retail industry. If it were sell-through to actual consumers, they would call it as such. The fun one is when companies constrain production and shipments artificially to get the "sold out" buzz a raging. Samsung is not doing this for the S4 launch. They want market share gobbled up before the 5s releases.
Added: Seems the 5s is only a refresh, so no larger display new design device for Samsung to worry about as they were assuming. Apple is worried though, hence their litigation efforts to restrict sales.