The iPhone is selling very well in China. In fact, China is Apple’s fastest growing market for the iPhone.

According to a recent survey by UMeng, a Chinese statistic firm, 34.6% (roughly one third) of the iPhones in China are jailbroken. The iPhone accounts for 8.3% of China’s 850 million mobile customers.

Closer look after the break…

TechNode translates UMeng’s findings:

  • iPhone 4 is the most popular iOS device which takes 54% of the market share; iPhone 3GS takes the 2nd with 16.1%;
  • Majority of the iOS devices has been upgraded to 4.1 or above;
  • In average, 34.6% of iOS devices have been jailbroken. Particularly, the percentage of jailbroken iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 are close to 40%.
  • iOS users are relatively less interested in jaikbreaking iPad, only 27% of iPad are jailbroken;
  • Users are willing to use iPhone more in daytime (before 7pm), and after 7pm iPad is a better choice;
  • Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Zhejiang, Jiangsu are the major cities/provinces where 52% of iOS users are based.

Nearly half of the iPhone 3GSs and iPhone 4s in China are jailbroken. That’s a staggering number when you consider that there are around 60 million iPhones in China alone.

UMeng does state that these numbers to not directly affect Chinese app piracy on the iOS platform. A lot of iPhones get sold on the grey market, and jailbreaking services are usually offered for free with purchases.

We wonder how familiar the Chinese population is with the jailbreak community. Do they use RedSn0w? PwnageTool? Most of the jailbroken iPhones probably use UltraSn0w for a carrier unlock.

Here’s a shout-out to our Chinese readers! If you live in China, or are familiar with this topic, share your thoughts with us in the comments!


  • YourFriendBen

    Can anyone statistically comment on how these numbers play into the claimed total number of jailbroken devices to be 9%?

  • Young Money

    I heard in India the jb rate is extremely high

  • I hate to be the guy who asks this, but why is it important to know how many iPhones are jail broken? I have never paid attention or thought about doing that to mine so forgive the naive

    • Unfortunately, it is very important for app developer who wants to earn money, if it’s really like 99% jailbroken iPhone, it’s worthless to waste money to post app in Chinese app store.

  • Xavier Caeruleus

    @ Peter:

    Why is it important?

    There are many important, or at least interesting, questions and answers about jailbreaking:

    Why do people jailbreak?
    What do they do with their jailbroken phones?
    Is it for piracy?
    Or for apps that the App Store policy rejects?
    Is it for features/tweaks that Apple fails to provide?
    The above two questions lead to the question, is Apple actually serving their consumer base properly?
    Are any of these “legitimate” reasons? (Not even touching on the question of the legality of, or one’s right to soft mod, crack or alter the firmware OS of electronic devices).

    Knowing what percentage of iDevice owners jailbreak their devices, makes any potential answer for the above questions more useful.
    e.g. “legitimate” reasons: The greater the number of users jailbreaking their iDevices lends to legitimising some of those reasons.

    • So reporting the stats on JB iPhones would hopefully mean Apple would make iPhones more accessible user wise in the future?

  • kokhean

    They use the latest jailbreak software like everyone else!

  • then cant some of these people produce some jailbreak tools so we have more people in the game

  • that’s it?? I was expecting 99% all jailbroken and 1/3 unlocked

  • kuTTT1

    never trust a statistic you didn’t fake yourself!

  • Not really surprising news. The Chinese are pioneers of pirating, counterfeiting, cloning and faking. Jailbreaking for them is just another way to get flee apps etc.

    • megatr0n

      “flee” apps.. I see what you did there.

      • Rick

        lmao, “flee” apps. i c to XD

    • Not really surprising news. The Western people are
      pioneers of porn, crimes,
      bribes and fattening. Jailbreaking for them is
      just another way to get fat etc.

    • Veronica Xu

      You, sir, are an idiot. With that, I rest my case.

  • megatr0n

    anyone know the percentage of iPhones that are jailbroken here in the US?

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  • Jcheong

    Well there are tons of repo for the china public and translated cydia apps. Most of the people in China that can afford the iPhone are educated in the sense of smartphones.