In one of the first such studies, 90% of 200 owners said they were "extremely" or "very" satisfied with their phone. And 85% said they are "extremely" or "very" likely to recommend the device to others, says the online survey conducted and paid for by market researcher Interpret of Santa Monica, Calif. The firm surveyed 1,000 cellphone users July 6-10.
The findings are "pretty much off the charts," says Jason Kramer, Interpret's chief strategy officer.
Indeed, it seems that a vast number of people still want one.
Thirty-two per cent of those surveyed who do not currently own an iPhone stated that they do intend to purchase one, with 8 per cent planning to purchase in the next three months and 22 per cent planning to purchase "some time in the future", the researchers said.
Respondents ages 44 and under plan to purchase at a rate higher than those ages 45 and over. Forty per cent of respondents ages 18 to 24 said they are planning to purchase an iPhone some time in the future, followed closely by 25 to 34 year olds (36 per cent) and 35 to 44 year olds (33 per cent).
Apple has achieved notoriety for the device. Nearly 90 per cent of respondents have heard of the device.
The reviews that I have seen have generally been very good; the majority of the complaints seem to revolve around the service provided by AT&T, the sole network carrier for the iPhone. The iPhone's internet access is ostensibly through the EDGE network—which is slower than 3G—and web page loading can be slow (however, the iPhone does automatically pick up WiFi networks).
It looks like Vodafone is likely to be the carrier in Europe but do they have anything like EDGE? Surely not but, even if they did, they would almost certainly want to make use of the 3G license which they purchased for billions from the Treasury. So there will need to be modifications to the iPhone software.
The bonus of the later European release—anticipated to be late Autumn sometime, although it was originally supposed to be in January 2008—is that many of the little glitches and problems will be ironed by the US experience. Although it desn't matter terribly; I want an iPhone and I want it now.
DISCLAIMER: yes, my Apple shares are doing very nicely, thank you.