Is One-Third of iPhones Set for Unlocking Soon?

An analysis highlighted in a recent iLounge article draws an intriguing picture from Apple’s iPhone sales data when compared with AT&T’s activation figures.

It appears that about 30 to 35 percent of all iPhones sold globally are purchased by customers planning to unlock them, or by intermediaries who then distribute the devices to markets where Apple has not established carrier agreements.

Although exact figures were not disclosed in the latest earnings call, the fourth quarter conference call revealed that Apple estimates 250,000 of the sold units were destined for unlocking.

This underscores a significant demand for the iPhone beyond its officially sanctioned carrier partnerships.

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