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iPhone More Important Than The Flushing Toilet Says UK Survey

A survey - yet another - carried out by Tesco mobile amongst 4,000 people puts the iPhone in the top ten of the most important inventions ever launched and was indeed the only brand to be named on the list at number eight.

Other tech inventions such as the internet, personal computers and telephones made it to the fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. The plane, the light bulb and the wheel also made it to the top spots with the latter being named the most important invention of them all.

Amongst others that were deemed less important than the iPhone includes the flushing toilet, painkillers, the car, the pen, shoes and space travel. The iPod was at number 56 ahead of Facebook and Ebay but behind Google.

Lance Batchelor, chief executive of Tesco Mobile, said explained that "It’s amazing to see how much the iPhone is valued, sitting alongside inventions such as penicillin in people's perceptions and being declared a more important invention than miracle gadgets of their own time, such as the compass."

More than 42 million iPhones have been sold worldwide since the iconic device was launched back in 2007 and the fourth version, which will be launched at the Worldwide Developers Conference next month, may possibly be Apple's most important model since launch.

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.