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Is iPhone a terrible Teutonic failure?

Pink Lover Mobile Service Provider (opens in new tab), T-Mobile, has announced that it has sold at least 70,000 iPhones since the handset was launched on the 9th of November 2007.

The figure represents the number of people who have signed up for the iPhone airtime package and doesn't indicate the actual number of users.

Unlike UK, France and Germany lawmakers required that the iPhone be sold as an unlocked device although geographical restrictions remained.

Although, T-Mobile was bullish, saying that the iPhone is the company's most popular multimedia product in Europe's largest country, this pales in comparison with sales of the iPhone in UK.

O2 announced last week that nearly 200,000 iPhones had been sold within 2 months, nearly three times the amount of iPhones flogged in Germany.

The Register says that between 300,000 and 400,000 handsets have already been sold in Europe.

Earlier this month, Steve Jobs announced at Macworld, that Apple had already sold 4 million iPhones since launching in June 2007 although some, like Leo Laporte from TwitTV, point out that the figures do not add up.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.