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iPhone sales top 700,000

The popularity of Apple’s iPhone does not show signs of subsiding in Korea, with its sales surpassing 700,000 units as of May 22, just six months since its launch here.

IPhone sales have risen at a faster pace even as many consumers delay purchasing the hot gadget ahead of the launch of a new iPhone model.

It took 27 days for KT to increase its iPhone subscribers from 500,000 to 600,000, while it took only 25 days to add another 100,000 subscribers.

An average of 4,000 users bought the iPhone per day since its rollout in late November, according to KT, the exclusive vendor of the smartphone in Korea.

Meanwhile, the number of iPhone applications made by Korean developers is nearing 6,000, according to Dreamwiz, an iPhone application developer.

Korea has around 593 corporate and individual application developers, and they registered an average of nine iPhone applications on AppStore. Out of the 593 firms, 374 were dedicated application developing firms, while 75 were individual developers. Another 63 firms were software developing companies, while 43 were Internet and media firms.

By Jin Hyun-joo  (