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Just in 2015, Apple sold more than 200 million iPhones. We won’t discuss what this means in terms of royalties to this magnificent company. We will focus on what this represents to people in terms of network use worldwide. In the US, most of the people who buy an iPhone will get it from their favorite carrier, they don’t need to unlock it because most likely they will stay with the same carrier.
So, why to bother with iPhone unlocking?
Let’s keep filtering the data provided before. Now we need to focus on how many people will need to unlock their phones because they travel a lot, it could be to other countries or simply, to other states, provinces, departments or more where the original carrier that’s locked to the iPhone doesn’t work.
In many countries the case is way different than in the US. People get their phones in stores, supermarkets and more. It’s very different. Specially in Central America and South America people don’t get phones with a carrier contract even though these people are using a particular carrier for many years to come.
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In South America, more than 120 million people use a smartphone to access the internet. Just to access the internet, consider there are more devices in millions that don’t access the internet but are of course, used, just to talk and to do other non-internet activities.
These are the most common reasons people say they want to unlock their phones:
- To be able to use other carriers, especially when the one they always use don’t work in specific regions.
- To increase the value of the device against its price in the market as locked to “X” carrier.
- To use 3G, 3.5G, 4G LTE with other carriers in case the carrier they normally use has bad internet service.
- To have a useful smartphone out of the country.
- International workers
- Business people
According to The Verge, AT&T added almost 3 million new wireless customers in the end of 2015. Imagine the amount of new customers in thousands of other carriers in the world. In summary, the amount of people with a working iPhone is insane. It’s just terribly enormous.
But, how many of them need the unlock?
First off, not all phones are optimized to work correctly with the carrier. Each carrier has its own policies and terms. Some carriers offer free unlocking online for example, other carriers strictly don’t offer any type of unlock. Some carriers unlock devices according to the model of iPhone you use for example, mostly old models, let’s see iPhone 5S and under.
Even though you might not use another carrier now or in the near future, it’s a great idea to unlock your device because of the mentioned reasons provided before.
Only in the UK, people spend more than $65 million in order to get their phones unlocked. By using this date and other data from different sources worldwide, we can conclude that more than 50% of the purchased devices worldwide get unlocked in 3-36 months after bought. Hence, of those 200 million iPhones sold in 2015 by Apple, more than 100 million iPhones will be unlocked in the next 36 months, by 2018.
iPhone Users in the United States
It’s forecasted that around 75 million people use an iPhone in the United States. This data is provided by Statista.com
As you can see, iPhone users increase throughout the years. This means, more and more device are going to be unlocked in years to come. So, by knowing this, we entirely know that smartphone use is the future, we don’t exactly know when we’ll reach the peak and see the decrease of users of the iPhone for example.
The most used carriers in the USA are AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. These 3 carriers represent over 90% of all users in this country. Each of these 3 carriers have different procedures to unlock an iPhone.
iPhone is Apple's best selling device compared to iPad and iPod. Check Apple Q4 2015 Unaudited Summary Data: http://images.apple.com/pr/pdf/q4fy15datasum.pdf
Celebrities that use an iPhone
Here’s a small list of celebs that use Apple’s best selling device: (Source)
- Cara Delevingne
- Mariah Carey
- Kim Kardashian
- Lindsay Lohan
- Selena Gomez
- Hilary Duff
- Pharrell Williams
- Irina Shayk
- Miley Cirus
- Alessandra Ambrosio
- Joe Jonas
- Kylie Jenner
- Nicki Minaj
- Taylor Swift
- Justin Bieber
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Kanye West
- Emma Stone
- Oprah Winfrey
- Kendall Jenner
- Louis Tomlinson
- Vanessa Hudgens
- James Franco
- Gisele Bündchen
A man is known by the company of the phone he keeps.
–Junaid e Mustafa
There are tens of thousands of other celebrities that use an iPhone but for now, we’ll leave it there. We don’t know, but how many of these important people have an unlocked iPhone? Is maybe Gisele Bündchen using the same iPhone she always uses when she travels to Brazil for example? The only way she could do that is with an unlocked iPhone. Many people have spotted Taylor Swift and other celebrities with the same devices in many countries. Only way to use them with a carrier of that particular country? By getting the phone unlocked.
What’s your goal with this celebrities’ thing?
We want to let you know that not only non-famous people unlock their devices. Celebrities and very rich people use their phone everywhere by unlocking it. If these guys don’t have trouble with using the same device in many countries why would you be afraid of unlocking yours?
iPhone unlocking is the key to use your iPhone everywhere, if you’re traveling, carry your iPhone and just get a SIM Card from any carrier in the country you’re visiting.
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