For the people who say that they are in the "channel", we have to wonder what they are referring to. RoughlyDrafted points this out as well. iPhones are only sold by Apple’s online store and retail and its telecom partners. Not by Best Buy or Target or Circuit City. Apple knows exactly what’s in its inventory. It also knows what AT&T and the EU’s got on their shelves.
Frankly, we think Apple wants us to say it. Yes, "one-third of iPhones are now hacked to work on non-sanctioned providers". Apple had to make this deal with the mobile carriers to let them use their networks for a reasonable fee. Apple agreed to lock the iPhone down enough so that people would be coerced into using the providers. But Apple wants this phone in as many hands as possible. The ten million mark is something they’d like to make come hell or high water. They probably weren’t anticipating a recession to be thrown into the mix either.
So there are over 2 billion people in China and India. Is it impossible to believe that 200,000 of them (1/10,000th) snapped up iPhones? Now add in a bunch of Canadians, Mexicans, Indonesians Australians and Europeans. It isn’t hard to find hacked iPhones. Just look at our Google ads! It also isn’t illegal.
Is it really so hard to believe?