6.4m iPhones in the UK by the end of 2010

By the end of 2010 one in ten of the UK population will own an iPhone according to MobileSquared.

By the end of this year, 6.4 million Britons will own an iPhone, according to new forecasts from research firm MobileSquared. That’s up 195% from the 2.17 million at the end of 2009, and they think that number is due to rise to 9.4m by the end of 2015.

It claims that by the end of this year, iPhone will account for 7.9% of all active mobile devices in the UK, rising to around 10% by the end of 2012.

“The iPhone is still providing a lot of excitement for UK consumers to the extent that one mobile device in every ten used in the UK will be an iPhone at the end of 2012,” says MobileSquared’s Gavin Patterson.

“However, this year is definitely something of a spike in UK sales for the iPhone, and growth will fall away moving forward as more Android devices and other smartphones enter the market.”

Additionally MobileSquared sees total smartphone growth in the UK will rise to 26% in 2010 to 24.09 million, up from 17.9 million in 2009. This figure will rise by “just” 20% in 2011 to 30.2 million, and then by roughly 15% growth in each of the next three years . At the end of 2015, they forecast there will be 56.6 million smartphones in the UK comprising 65.8% of the 85.9 million total active mobile devices.

According to MobileSquared, O2 is still driving iPhone growth in the UK. Last week, O2 announced it had passed the 3 million milestone – an average run-rate of 166,667 iPhone sales per month over the past 6 months – and is well on course to top the 4 million mark by the end of the year.

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