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  • Nearly One-Third Of All First Generation iPhones Remain in Use



    The first generation iPhone seems so "yesterday," doesn't it? To some smartphone users among us, however, yesterday's biggest thing is still working just fine today. That's according to the findings from Admob, which suggest that nearly one-third of all first generation iPhones are still alive and well this very moment.

    While that number sounds substantial, it must be viewed in perspective of the entire mobile phone landscape. In this regard, only 2% of all iPhone OS handsets operational today are first-gen iPhones. Nonetheless, that figure translates to about 30% of the better than 6 million iPhones sold during the smartphone's first full year of release, beginning in June 2007.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's roughly 2 million "old-school" iPhones. On CNNMoney, Fortune Brainstorm Tech's Philip Elmer-DeWitt added: "If 7% of those iPhone 1Gs are driving 2% of AdMob's traffic, that suggests that nearly one in three is still ticking and visiting the Web."

    While its fun to reflect on the data still being cranked out in reference to the earliest iPhone model, it's important to keep in mind the most pertinent information gleaned from AdMob's monthly report. According to AdMob's findings, the iPhone 3GS has emerged as "the dominant device among iPhones and iPod Touches." The iPhone 3GS is responsible for generating nearly 40% of all its network's traffic last month. That represents a 30% jump since just last September.

    Image via AdMob
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nearly One-Third Of All First Generation iPhones Remain in Use started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. Sigz's Avatar
      Sigz -
      Still rollin' with my Original Iphone.

      Haven't had a single problem with it since I first got it.
    1. smirkis's Avatar
      smirkis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I'm sure a lot of these are on T-Mobile. These customers have no reason to upgrade since they will only get Edge anyways.
      ding ding ding!

      when ur on tmobile, and have a 2g, with mms enabled, and edge. what else do u need?

      i pay 51 a month for unlimited everything. the iphone can't get any better than that on tmobile. theres no 3g, nothin.

      the 2g remains a perfect platform! why upgrade and deal with hassles of future unlocks. apple gave up on our basebands back at 1.1.2!
    1. dizzy21000's Avatar
      dizzy21000 -
      Well i'm still on my Trusty ol' 2G and gotta say it works fine for US T-Mobile users... You're right there's no need to upgrade.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      iPod touch 1g with 2% also, i m the only person i know who still has one
    1. chupacabra314's Avatar
      chupacabra314 -
      2G owner and proud of it.
      Planning on using it until it dies, after which I hope the android phones have gotten good enough to switch. I am not a fan of Stevie telling me that I am stupid enough to get "confused" by multitasking or folder management, and presenting every crappy software update as "revolutionary". Helloooo I had multitasking on my smartphone 5 years ago!...as well as a camera, BT OBEX, file manager, Disk mode etc, etc, etc...

      Besides 3G and 3GS are much uglier than the 2G's aluminum cover. And I don't need to fear every x.x.y update.
      The 3GS is faster but is it worth the price? In my country we don't even get lower prices for upgrading so why bother?...

      Go Android!
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      I'm on T-mobile, but the only reason why I chose the 3G over the 2G was the GPS. Navigon FTW
    1. thestrangestick's Avatar
      thestrangestick -
      I've had my 2G since 2008 and I've had no reason to upgrade. I've kept it in a case and put a screen protector on it since the day I got it so it's practically like new, and I still think it's the best looking of all iPhones released thus far. I'm in the UK and I'm a student so I have it unlocked and use it Pay as you go on the T-Mobile network. If the iPhone 4G is amazing then I might upgrade but I'm in no hurry, especially considering the non-existant 3G coverage where I live.
    1. captainmccool's Avatar
      captainmccool -
      I as well am still rocking the 2g for most of the reasons listed above. I'm on T-Mobile and get unlimited Edge internet for $5.99 a month. The only benefit of the 3g was GPS and Maps does a good job of that with a solid cell signal. I might jump on the 3GS once all the 4G upgraders sell theirs for dirt cheap. Other then that, I'll wait until I can pay the ridiculous price that AT&T charges.
    1. jl1's Avatar
      jl1 -
      Im still rockin the 2G! I dont really care about upgrading now. Maby in the future when apple releases a phone i can't live without, Till then I'm Good!
    1. iRoach74's Avatar
      iRoach74 -
      i miss my 1st gen iphone actually. regret getting rid of it
      dont have the funds to waste on replacing it though,
    1. Brandonii's Avatar
      Brandonii -
      I have my 2g, but it is in DIRE need of a housing change. The screen though, is flawless. I have the chance right now to trade my friend for his 3g, I don't know if I should.
    1. swampzy's Avatar
      swampzy -
      I was one of the 2% but I just sold my iPhone on ebay before everyone else starts selling there's. I wanted to get as much money for it as I can to save up for the next iPhone. COD Zombies on my first gen was painful. Oh Well, I hope they release it sooner like the other articl. This Motorola Rizr is painful LOL
    1. BlaqkRoxstar360's Avatar
      BlaqkRoxstar360 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I'm sure a lot of these are on T-Mobile. These customers have no reason to upgrade since they will only get Edge anyways.
      This is exactly my reason for not upgrading
    1. lampardd's Avatar
      lampardd -
      im one of that 2% and im happy
    1. sujahat's Avatar
      sujahat -
      I got my 2G on 24th may 2008.Paid $650 for it. Has always been my primary phone. using 3.1.3 on it.. dont plan to upgrade anytime soon.
    1. ESE TWEETY's Avatar
      ESE TWEETY -
      Yeah i still have mine got it right when it came out i still remember people being so impress by it damm those were the days
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      my bro was using his 2g iphone till he switched back to sprint and got the HTC Hero till the Evo comes out
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by britcan View Post
      Im still using 2g. Why upgrade to 3g
      I thought so the same way, thats why i upgraded from 2g to 3gs, i might skip 4g and wait for 4g HD? or 5g.. psh
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Lol I remember the days of the 2g where I live people thought it was a legend since the carrier didn't sell it it cost a bloated amont of $$$ thus only realy rich people buying it.. The others either envied it or pointed out flaws like lack of video camera and mms ... Then when 3g was released it became very cheap leading to many people buying it I still knw atleast 10 people who still use the 2g and have never gone online imagine how many people that'd add to the number of 2g users or any iPhone or iptouch users who are happy with what their device can do offline
    1. sllmhjn's Avatar
      sllmhjn -
      I have my iPhone 2g from December'07. The only reason that tempted me to upgrade to was the GPS. Apart from that, I had no reason to shell out my hard earned money just 'coz I would want to lay my hands on every possible model that Apple would ever come out with.

      I feel good that I was able to resist the temptation 'coz comparing the three models 2g is the most professional of them all. It looks more classy and IMHO if the leaks are to be believed, then 4G is the only one that surpasses the 2g in its style and appeal. So, this upgrade seems worth it. 4G will sure make me burn holes in my pocket.