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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 25 January 2008 13:04
 Discrepancy in Apple's iPhone sales figures could indicate a 'significant' number of unlocked devices

By Jonny Evans, Macworld.co.uk
January 25, 2008
InfoWorld

Analysts are mulling over Apple's iPhone sales numbers and are alarmed at a perceived discrepancy in the figures.
Apple claims slightly over 3.7 million iPhones were sold in 2007 -- yet AT&T this week revealed it ended the year with "just at or sightly under two million iPhone customers".

That two million has been boosted somewhat by an estimated 300,000-400,000 sales in Europe, analysts believe.
The discrepancy is that the 3.7 million iPhones Apple says it has sold and the estimated 2.4 million sold by its network partners still leaves 1.3 million of the devices unaccounted for.
That implies that around one in three iPhones are being purchased in order to unlock the device for use on other networks and/or for use with unapproved third party applications.[Comments]
 

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