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3G iPhones already outnumbering 2.5G models?

updated 03:20 pm EDT, Tue August 26, 2008

More 3G iPhones than 2.5G?

The number of iPhone 3Gs on the market is near or already past all of the original 2.5G iPhones Apple ever produced, a report claims. The article notes that it took Apple approximately a year to ship six million 2.5G phones, despite heavy promotion and availability in six countries. Anonymous sources now claim that Foxconn, the main assembler for 3G iPhones, is continuing to build some 800,000 units per week, and has been ramping up production. Apple could thus reach the six million mark within the next week, judging by lifetime shipping numbers.

The 800,000-per-week figure is supported by a second anonymous account. BusinessWeek has suggested that the number could be even higher, as much as 150,000 per day, or roughly 1,050,000 per week. Apple would thus be capable of selling over 40 million iPhones in 2009, which could be crucial given the company's desire to sell the device in at least 70 countries by the end of 2008.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's a heck of

    a lot of iPhones. How I wish for these figures to be true and that WS recognizes Apple's stock value should be over $200 a share when Apple ends up with a total of 14 million iPhones sold in total.


    Joined: Dec 1969



    As someone who was "clinging on to a beleaguered Apple" in the mid-nineties, the news over the last eight years is amazing to read and it keeps getting better!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They're now selling them in a mass of countries that didn't have them before. Is it really surprising they'd be selling more?

    Of course, it would also be informative to know how many were sold to 2.5 owners (upgrades). This would give an idea of the total iphone population.

  1. henjin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Most I've seen online for hours are speaking on their old iPhones bored, angry and tired but upgrading. New people for sure but in NYC downtown most at 14th street on 5 separate days were upgrades. Still great way to make money and typical of Apple. We know there is a 5mpx camera coming.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    All those old iPhone are likely sold once a user upgrades so the total pool of iPhone users can be calculated by adding the two pools together - besides I know of no one with a 2.5G iPhone that has upgraded. The iPhone is sold in more countries and is free to many users due to carrier subsidies making it an easier purchase.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If anything isn't this not impressive? I mean the product was available for the first time last year... isn't it expected that they sell more the second year than the first year? I thought they'd have sold that many by Christmas!

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