Apple’s iPhone ignores borders, spreads around globe

“We’ve heard the rumors that many iPhones are being used outside the officially sanctioned countries. So, we decided to check it out and surprise, surprise, it’s true. The iPhone has a presence in almost every country on earth,” Net Applications reports.

View Net Applications’ list of countries and the overall web-browsing usage share of the iPhone for each country here.

MacDailyNews Take: Who knew iPhones were so popular for Web browsing in Equatorial Guinea?

Related notes from Apple’s Q1 08 earnings conference call:
• Apple “very happy with all of the iPhone launches so far” (U.S., UK, France, Germany)
• 4 million iPhones to date; Apple “very happy with iPhone momentum”
• Apple sees iPhone unlocking as a “good problem to have” and is a sign of iPhone’s popularity
• “Significant” numbers of iPhones sold with intention to unlock, but Apple is unsure how to measure as activation sometimes waits for existing contracts to expire, etc.


  1. Congratulations Apple fan girls. The I-Phone is the number one smartphone in Equatorial Guinea. Good job!

    Wake me up when you ladies pass Windows Mobile based smartphones in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  2. Meaningless Comment: The iPhone wants to be free!

    Frankly speaking, requiring a big cut of the plan demonstrates a measure of insecurity. They could’ve kept a high margin and sold it unlocked all over the world, dangling visual voicemail as a competitive feature for providers to implement (if they choose to) by restricting the exclusive arrangement to two years, full stop.

    Apple has demonstrated superiority in software and design sufficient to keep ahead of competitors – and that’s without factoring the iPhone’s iPod capability (no small thing, itself) or the patented features. The rate of obsolesence will still be high enough to keep the product moving. The result would be a higher adoption rate.

    It’s hard to second-guess the business decision though, and no doubt it was a deeply thought out strategy. In the end, having some measure of control over the provider won out. Still, it took cojones to make that decision.

  3. I have just arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil from New York and during my first business lunch in a restaurant here I saw 3 people with an iPhone; afterwards I had an appointment at a very mediocre photography office. Of the 20 people working there, again 3 had an iPhone – jailbroken ! It is very popular here ! Brazil has 150 mil inhabitants, if only 10% will buy an iPhone…. the math world wide is staggering !

  4. This chart is PERCENT of WEBBROWSING. So, if the country as a whole has little internet infrastructure, then webbrowsing over a cell network might be comparatively high. This does not mean that there are tons of iPhones there, but that iPhones are one way to get on the net, where getting on the net may be difficult with traditional landline networks.

    Look at equatorial guinea. I’d wager that this isn’t just lots of iPhones, but also that internet usage there is remarkably low by traditional means.

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