iPhone 5 Statistics: China Unicom Receives 100,000 Pre-orders On Day One

It is a blast of an opening for the iPhone 5 in China – China Unicom started taking orders for the new device, and quickly signed up 100,000 new customers (Source)

This is a good sign for Apple’s new phone, given concerns around its performance outside the US. International markets are key for Apple, given the competitive products from Samsung in each product range.

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SoundCloud Statistics: 10 Hours of Audio Uploaded Every Minute

Soundcloud stats prove that the service has some impressive usage patterns – We spotted these numbers on SoundCloud today (Source)

180 million plus monthly users, across web and mobile.
Tracks reach 8 percent of the Internet population (its tracks are shared, listened to or uploaded by 180 million users every month)
10 hours of audio uploaded every minute

Impressive numbers, these. 180 million plus monthly users – that is huge. That number is comparable to some of the consumer internet giants out there.

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Meet The Biggest E-Commerce Company In The World

So if you had not guessed from the title, it is not Amazon or eBay. In fact if you add up both their revenue, it would be less than this giant – we spotted this today:

“Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sold one trillion RMB worth of goods in 2012, the company announced today. That’s $157 billion U.S. in gross merchandise volume (GMV), which easily surpasses U.S e-commerce giants Amazon and eBay combined.”

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2012/12/03/alibaba-reaches-1-trillion-rmb-157b-in-sales-to-become-biggest-e-commerce-company-in-the-world/#20kH4JMmAfVTobrb.99

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Auto Stats: 1 in 20 Americans Purchased A New Car In 2012

Call it the Sandy effect. If you had a low month like that, the bounces will look really good. But absolute numbers do not lie – the industry is on track to reach an annual run rate of 15 million vehicles (Source)

How do we digest the scale of this number? Let us try this – one in twenty americans would have purchased a new car in 2012. wow.

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‘Amazon Web Services Should Be Valued At Less Than $10 Billion’

AWS is one of our favorite stat spotting grounds. We spotted some recent stats on AWS, including the AWS number of servers. We spotted an article today that places a valuation number on AWS – turns out, the author thinks that it should be valued at less than 10 billion dollars (Source)

Considering that Amazon is valued at some 110 billion dollars plus, and knowing the size of cloud computing, this valuation of AWS seems a little low to us. But then, it could just be us.

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11.7 Percent: Eurozone Unemployment Hits A Record High

Since 1999, when the Euro was introduced, this has been the worst employment scenario: at 11.7 percent, unemployment in the Euro currency zone is at a record high, across the 17 countries that are part of the union (Source)

Some numbers from the news link:

“Eurostat found that 18.7 million people were out of work across the eurozone, an increase of 173,000 on the previous month and 2.2 million higher than the year before. The wider 27-nation EU that includes non-euro countries such as Britain and Poland had an unemployment rate of 10.7 percent in October and a total of 25.9 million out of work.”

Read more: http://business.time.com/2012/11/30/eurozone-unemployment-hit-another-record-high/#ixzz2DsCtWcVa

These are big numbers, and without doubt, a huge cause for concern. Your turn, Merkel.

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Disposable Income Statistics: Up Just 1.2 Percent Since Recovery Began

Well the overall tone these days everywhere seems to be “The Economic Recovery is well under way” – we spotted one number that does not support that theory – the overall disposable income has gone up only by 1.2 percent (adjusted for inflation) since June 2009 (Source)

That number is disappointing for multiple reasons – this is the one number that matters, for all kinds of sellers. Yes, production might be up, yes, confidence might be up – but is there an actual increase in disposable income?

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$4.4 Billion: What Replacing $1 Bills With Coins Would Save Taxpayers

Dollar bills need to be replaced every four to five years. Coins last much longer. That cost adds up. To big numbers. We spotted this stat today, that if you just do away with $1 bills and replace them with coins completely, you are looking at a saving of some 4.4 billion USD over the next 30 years (Source)

But people do not seem to like carrying coins. The U.S. Mint has produced 2.4 billion Presidential $1 coins in the last five years, but most are stored by the Federal Reserve. Production has also been suspended.

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LTE Stats: 7 Percent of All North American Mobile Connections Use LTE

Well this is one number we always wanted to spot – what exactly is the percent of mobile connections in the US that are LTE enabled? We spotted this today, that across US and Canada, there are some 15 LTE networks and 21.5 million subscriptions.
(Source)

That is about 7 percent of all mobile connections.

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Wireless Statistics: Average Wireless Bill Increased 7% in 2012

The definition of utility is slowly changing, and the wireless companies are solid beneficiaries of that. We spotted today, that some 70 percent of wireless subscribers own smartphones, and as a result, the average wireless bill has gone up some 7 percent (Source)

That increase might not sound too steep – but if you count in the other multiplying factor, revenue, then the magnitude of the overall change to the industry becomes apparent.

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