According to Apple COO, Tim Cook, 250,000. "Apple’s efforts to prevent customers from modifying, or "unlocking," iPhones to work on networks other than Apple’s carrier partner in the United States, AT&T Corp., also frustrated users — and sparked lawsuits. Apple’s "guess" is that buyers of 250,000 of the 1.4 million iPhones sold so far intended […]
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How many unlocked iPhones?

According to Apple COO, Tim Cook, 250,000.

"Apple’s efforts to prevent customers from modifying, or "unlocking," iPhones to work on networks other than Apple’s carrier partner in the United States, AT&T Corp., also frustrated users — and sparked lawsuits.
Apple’s "guess" is that buyers of 250,000 of the 1.4 million iPhones sold so far intended to unlock them, Cook said."
-Yahoo News

image Assuming that includes iPhones that were (only) jailbroken too, and not unlocked, this number is pretty darned high. If it just includes unlocked iPhones, then the combined number of unlocked and jailbroken iPhones should be even higher.

I’ve had a gut feeling that it was around 10%, maybe 15% tops.

But 18%, and coming from the Apple COO himself, is quite a shock to me. Keep in mind unlocking didn’t really get started till September.

So much for unlockers/jailbreakers being in the super-small minority, as many have claimed.

This also speaks well about future iPhone sales, outside the USA. If people are scampering to buy iPhones now, I can only imagine the influx of sales when it is available much more easily.

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