Don’t be fooled by the queues for the new iPhone. Last year sales of the iPhone 3G exceeded sales of the iPhone 4 during the Christmas season. Shoppers it seems, are not interested so much in the latest specs, but more in keeping up with the Joneses. For many it’s a fashion accessory, the actual technical specification are secondary in importance.
The new iPhone 5 is expected to be released this October, the 21st, although dates are based purely on speculation. The speculation comes in part from a leaked note from Best Buy in the US and also from the fact that October 21 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPod launch. Either way, it’s drawing a considerable level of excitement. The excitement most presume will be to do with the new specs of the latest release when in reality, the majority of the often rarely covered excitement comes from those hoping to affordably get their hands on an iPhone for the first time.
Gianluca Mezzofiore, writing in the Telegraph reports that more than half a million iPhones have been sold online since their introduction. Whether or not this figure includes knock-offs, fakes and defected iPhones is not mentioned. Either way, an average of one iPhone is sold every second on Ebay UK.
A 70% rise in sales of older models is expected in the weeks following the launch of the iPhone 5. Much of this will be on eBay. If you’re thinking of getting an iPhone, and are considering getting an older model, don’t be surprised if there’s some considerable competition, as plenty of other people will have the same idea.