“On Saturday, Aug. 30, the daughters of ‘BillH’ bought an iPhone at an AT&T store in Sunnyvale, California… In a joint project of AFB and Investor Village’s AAPL Sanity board, several members have been collecting the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers of every iPhone 3G they can get their hands on and recording them on a big Google speadsheet here,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“By tracking the sequence of IMEIs, they can now say, with a fair degree of certainty, that as of Aug. 30, when BillH’s daughters bought that phone, Apple had manufactured at least 5,649,000 iPhone 3Gs. Added to the 2.4 million first-generation iPhones the company reported it had sold in the first six months of 2008, that means that Apple has manufactured more than 8 million iPhones this year,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

“It seems likely that Apple will build — if not sell — its 10 millionth iPhone before the end of September,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

Full article with more details here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JES42” for the heads up.]

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