Europe is having its own iPhone frenzy tonight, with pundits buzzing about the announcement on Tuesday of Apple’s European iPhone pricing and partners. Leaving aside for a moment how the product will do — okay, I remain confident it will do well — I’m currently irritated by some factoids trotted out by an latenight on-air commentator.
The issue? He sniffed at Apple U.S. iPhone sales, saying the company had only moved 1-million units since launch in the U.S. market, while Nokia “sells a million units every day”.
Really? According to the numbers I have, in 2006 Nokia sold around 8.4-million units in the U.S., or about 23,000 phones a day. While that’s eminently respectable, it’s also a far cry from what that talking head said just now.
(Is it possible that he was talking about Nokia’s worldwide unit sales? For sure, and that ran 915-million units in 2006. But that’s also apples and oranges considering that he was trying to make a case concerning Apple’s U.S. iPhone sales.)