Are 10% Of iPhones Sold To Unlockers?

from the are-10%-now-bricked? dept

Analysts from investment bank Piper Jaffray are making some news today after releasing a report claiming that 10% of iPhones are actually being sold to groups that are unlocking them and reselling them. They seem to be basing this on the fact that there are a bunch of folks going in and buying the maximum single allotment of 5 iPhones at a time. If this is true, the actual number of unlocked iPhones could actually be significantly higher, as many unlockers are buying the phone and unlocking it themselves. On the flip side, there could be other explanations for people buying 5 iPhones rather than to resell them unlocked. Either way, it should be clear that there's a fair amount of demand for unlocked iPhones, which again raises the question of why Steve Jobs ever agreed to an exclusive with AT&T.

Filed Under: iphones, unlock
Companies: apple


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    Bah who needs one, 7 Oct 2007 @ 1:00pm

    What's this about a "maximum single allotment of 5"? I hadn't heard that the US had instituted war-time rationing -- and absent such, if I want to buy six of something and I have the money then I should certainly be able to plop that money down and get six of whatever-it-is, unless it's naturally *so* scarce that they don't *have* that many for sale. (I can't think of much that fits this description except various originals of art works, where there'd be only one of each, and naturally red diamonds, of which I hear there are only eight in the world and therefore probably never six for sale at the same time.)

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