Om Malik on the iPhone’s Importance to AT&T

Om Malik, on AT&T’s quarterly results:

In the third quarter, the company added 2 million new wireless subscribers to reach a total of 81.6 million. Further, some 4.3 million 3G-integrated devices were added to the AT&T network, of which the iPhone accounted for 3.2 million activations.

Three out of every four new 3G devices added to AT&T’s network for the quarter were iPhones.

‘That’s Why They’ve Got 75,000 Applications’

From the bottom of an AP story about today’s big release of Windows 7:

“Let’s face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone,” Ballmer said. “That’s why they’ve got 75,000 applications — they’re all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone.”

Of course Ballmer’s going to downplay the iPhone’s success, just like how Apple COO Tim Cook downplays the release of Windows 7 earlier in the story. But this just doesn’t even make sense. The iPhone’s success is really getting to him.