We’ve heard some staggering statistics for the jailbreak community recently. Saurik, the mastermind behind Cydia, estimates that there are anywhere between 10 to 15 million jailbroken iDevices in the world.
The number of unlocked iPhone users is also perplexing. We did a story last month about China Mobile that suggested there were close to 4 million unlocked iPhones running on their network. How many unlocked iPhones do you think are in the U.S.?
T-Mobile representatives believe there are over one million active iPhones currently on their network. That’s a huge number considering those customers don’t get access to T-Mobile’s 3 and 4G speeds.
I wonder if that number includes factory unlocked iPhones that recently became available. I know it doesn’t include all the unlocked iPhones on AT&T’s network, or the folks that have home-grown unlocks with their local carriers.
Though the stats seem high now, recent events suggest that unlocking the iPhone is a dying art. With an AT&T takeover looming and reports of T-Mobile branded iPhones being tested, it’s safe to assume the carrier will soon offer the smartphone legitimately.
Regardless, the above numbers really speak volumes about the jailbreak community. Imagine all the work that went into developing the unlock processes and spreading the word.
Are you on an unlocked iPhone? What network?