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UK iPhone reaches 1 million mark after slow climb

updated 01:30 pm EST, Thu February 26, 2009

UK iPhone hits 1 million

Over 1 million iPhones have been sold in the United Kingdom, regional carrier O2 has announced. The company has typically been reticent about publishing iPhone figures, making the new number one of the few available; the announcement may in fact reveal that sales of the iPhone have been unexpectedly slow, given free publicity provided by the media, and the UK's status as one of the first regions to receive the device.

The million-level sales mark is noted to include both 2G and 3G iPhones, spread over the course of 16 months. Nokia's N95 smartphone, by contrast, managed to sell a million units in just seven months during 2007, despite a high price, less help from media outlets and a narrower market. Apple in January announced that it had sold over 10 million iPhone 3Gs worldwide.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Sondjata

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I suppose you can tether your Nokia though. I wonder if UK users get d!cked with data prices like US customers do.

  1. Curlypaws

    Joined: Dec 1969



    UK customers actually get a pretty good deal on data prices. What I think harmed the iPhone was releasing the original model with Edge connectivity in a country with an excellent 3G network, but poor Edge.Since the 3G model appeared, iPhone sales have gone much better - but I think that many people were put off by the initial perception.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The iPhone didn't sell...

    because the people over there don't like to spend money on overpriced devices. They were always used to getting subsidized handsets, which Apple wasn't offering when the first iPhone came out. Tightwads or frugal, take your pick. I don't even know why Apple bothered. One lousy million iPhones. Pathetic. There were Apple pumpers over in Britain saying how much the British loved the iPhone. What a crock. I hope they sell that many iPhones in China in a month.

  1. SwissMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nokia sales figs NOT UK!

    The Nokia device sold 1 million worldwide to coincide with the UK launch, not 1 million in the UK. So the comparison is made more for journalistic shock horror impact than to report facts. Please read your own sources more carefully.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You need to remember that UK is doing far worse economically than the us in this same time frame.

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