Apple: 1.4m iPhones sold, 250,000 unlocked
Big demand for untethered handsets
More than a quarter of a million people have purchased Apple iPhones and unlocked them, the handset's manufacturer admitted last night.
With total sales of the phone now topping 1.4m units, according to Apple, that's a staggering 18 per cent of buyers who've chosen not to tether themselves to AT&T's cellular network.
It's no great surprise to learn that the iPhone experienced a significant sales hike immediately after Apple cut the price of the 8GB model from $599 to $399 and began selling off its remaining stock of 4GB models - now discontinued - for even less. Most of the unlocked were sold after the price cut.
During Apple's most recently completed quarter, the iPhone accounted for 1.9 per cent of the company's revenues. The deal with AT&T involves sharing data and service revenue, but accounting complexity hides exactly how much money Apple received from the carrier - the cash is recognised "over time", Apple said and would say no more.
Apple yesterday reiterated its plan to sell 10m iPhones during the handset's first year, so unless it really does manage to lock out the unlockers - the latest firmware, 1.1.1, tried and subsequently failed to do so - and overseas buyers follow the example of US consumers, the company could end up with 1.8m iPhones running on other networks.
Indeed, with Orange France committed by law to offering unlocked iPhones and to unlock iPhones, at the buyer's request, after six months, the figure could be much higher.
Not that bricked
It is easy to downgrade back to the original firmware. I just returned from a trip to the states where i bought 3 (only one for me) and downgraded then cracked them in about 10 mins each. (the new ones already have the latest firmware installed). Google iBrickr...
The phone is actually fun to play with and a great deal of home brew apps are being released. The biggest problem is the headphone socket is recessed so you cant use a normal set of headphones. (Of course you can purchase an extender/adapter to get around this for some £'s). Much like the ipod there are better phones(mp3 players) around, functionality wise but they just dont have the "it" factor.
Luckily for you, Fox News calls any website a "blog" which has news and commentary but isn't obviously run by a large media company or just the online version of a print publication.
Of course, if the iPhone was really GOOD, not just pretty
Apple wouldn't need to be so aggressive, would they?
El Reg hits the big time...
"The New York Times and The Register, a British technology blog, both reported Tuesday."
However I have to stop reading The Register since I was not aware it was a blog.... and I avoid blogs like the plague or people with iphones...
Apple still make 30-40%+ profit even without any money from AT&T...