T-Mobile sells more than 70,000 iPhones
Most popular multimedia device on the network, carrier claims
T-Mobile Germany has sold at least 70,000 iPhones, the German carrier announced this weekend.
T-Mobile, part of the Deutsche Telekom group, launched the Apple handset in Germany on 9 November, and the figure reported on Saturday represents the number of customers who've signed up to its iPhone airtime package.
Of course, sign-ups and handset sales are not the same thing, especially since for a time T-Mobile was selling iPhones that could be unlocked - a requirement imposed upon it by the German court, though this was later lifted.
How many iPhones T-Mobile has sold that have not subsequently been linked to its network isn't a number the carrier or Apple are likely to want to make public.
Still, even that 70,000 figure makes the iPhone T-Mobile's most popular multimedia product, Philipp Humm, the head of the German network, said on the company's intranet this week, Reuters reports.
Clearly, Apple's getting something right, despite the flabberghasted grumblings of the many iPhone-haters out there. It's not selling only to the 'shiny, shiny, woot' crowd.
Two weeks ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the company had sold 4m iPhones since the handset's first went on sale, in June 2007.
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1) Lolz innit, applez rulez
3) What about us linux boys
4) I've been looking at a sales figures breakdown...and XP is better
"If you wanted a phone with a nifty browser, email, video, etc. why wouldn't you buy a phone and an iPod touch instead of the iPhone?"
Because the iPod touch can only give you web, email, video etc when it is in range of a wireless hot spot. If it could use the phone as a bluetooth modem then you might have had a point, but it can't and there are large gaps in public WiFi access.
70,000 in three months is not impressive
This includes all the fanboys (girls don't seem to want a jPhone) and the Christmas period.
Given that the German market is approxiamately 25% of the US market, 250,000 would have been more inline with US sales.
I know one jPhone own and one person who is thinking of getting one. The Gravis stores (largest Apple dealers) have stopped promoting the contracts. There will have to be a hefty discount to shift the inventory.