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MacBytes
Feb 2, 2008, 10:37 PM
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MikeTheC
Feb 2, 2008, 10:51 PM
*whistles*

Now those are some pretty awe-inspiring numbers. Looks like Apple introduced Mr. Idea to Mr. Baseball Bat and knocked that sucker clear out of the park.

Once again.

Way to go, Apple!

Diatribe
Feb 3, 2008, 09:00 AM
Looking at these numbers I feel reassured in my opinion that Apple would have made more money selling it unlocked. They'd easily have their 10 million phones sold already.

JDR
Feb 3, 2008, 09:15 AM
Wow, one in ten of the population in Equatorial Guinea use an iPhone?!?

cschulz
Feb 3, 2008, 11:49 AM
Maybe only 10 people live there. Who knows...

shadowfax
Feb 3, 2008, 02:27 PM
Maybe only 10 people live there. Who knows...

I believe it was 1 in 40 or 50, wasn't it? anyway, Guinea seems like it's akin to the United Arab Emirates in terms of being a very small country in a very poor area of the world that has a great abundance of oil, which has made it among the wealthiest nations per capita on the planet. It's no surprise, then, that a lot of them have "the coolest phone ever."

The article also cited the abundance of GSM in Africa compared to the rarity of WiFi/internet service.

jayducharme
Feb 3, 2008, 03:12 PM
Looking at these numbers I feel reassured in my opinion that Apple would have made more money selling it unlocked. They'd easily have their 10 million phones sold already.

I remember reading somewhere (probably here) that Jobs had once considered buying up airtime for the iPhone and selling it through Apple. He does have a sweet financial deal with his current partners. But maybe selling his own airtime would have been a good option to leave open, a way for him to get some control over his product if the carriers didn't work out as well as he'd hoped. If I could just buy minutes for the iPhone as I needed them and not be bound to a contract, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. The visual voicemail feature is not something that I'd use much anyway.