Latest Tech News – 28 January
Number of iPhones unlocked? Many
According to Toni Sacconaghi – analyst at Bernstein Research – there are about 1 million iPhones that were sold and are not being used with the AT&T network, which obviously means that they were unlocked and are currently being used on other networks. In other words, 27% of the iPhones don’t have a relationship with AT&T.
Taking in consideration that AT&T made a big contract with Apple to get the exclusive phone deal, these studies are definitely bad news for both parties involved. In the end, people that don’t stay with AT&T after buying the iPhone, aren’t making carrier payments, which results in a big loss for Apple.
Here are some numbers, so you can have an idea about the amount of money we are talking about:
If Apple hit its sales goal of 10 million iPhones by the end of fiscal 2008 but 30 percent of those don’t result in any carrier payments, its revenue and profit would be $500 million and 37 cents per share lower than expected.
Illegal eBay sales = Arrest
We all know that eBay can be a bit “dangerous” for people buying/selling suspicious items, and the latest news on this subject is related to a New York state employee, who was selling government content on the online auction website.
As stated by Daniel Lorello, the person responsible for this situation, he stole over 350 items during the past year of 2007, and sold some of them on eBay, but unfortunately (for him) he didn’t knew the sales were being monitored by the feds.
While the cops were able to recuperate most part of those items, about 90%, there is no exact information about the total number of items that were stolen, and afterwards sold.
Examples of items that were sold:
1835 Davey Crockett Almanac, which fetched $3,200, and a Poor Richard’s Almanac which went for $1,001.
Guest post by Tiago of Gadgetizer