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February 17, 2010


Big pete

great stuff; does the revenue of companies like Vodafone also take into account their percentage ownership of companies like China Mobile and Verizon at all?


Can I ask how you've annualised the data? Apple looked a little high to me: Their FY09 iPhone revenues were $m 6,754 and their Q1 10 iPhone revenues were $m 5,578. I'm too lazy to look up the Q1 09, but even assuming that Q1 09 iPhone revenue was zero, you get to $m 12,332.

Also, assuming you're annualising to CY 2009, surely it should be the 2009 index? :)

Antoine RJ Wright

When I'm up all night, things like this happen. Then again, I don't play with statistics, so maybe you are a special case (hehehe). Very cool from a high-level perspective. If this were to be more or less detailed, it would have to take into account things like shared mobile revenues between carriers (what @BigPete mentioned) and probably some other factors.

Makes for a nice talking piece though. A really nice one.

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Apple looks too low. For 2009, Apple reported iPhone revenue as $15.671B. That does not include any iTunes or App Store revenue, accessories (iPod/iPhone licensing), or services (AppleCare) revenue. It includes some deferred revenue from 2007/2008 sales, but discounts revenue deferred from 2009 sales; 2009 revenues were greater than the sum of 2007/2008 revenues by $5B. And, of course, it doesn't include iPod touch, either.

Possibly you used Apple's prior GAP revenues, which have all since been adjusted for the new GAP rules?

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Hi Big Pete, Andrew, Antoine, online, Faith and kevin

Thank you all for the kind comments. quick replies to each

Big Pete - I took all data from annual reports and quarterly reports and yes, they report it there so yes it is included (should be..)

Andrew - very quick Q&D style analysis only (I started on Wall Street gosh, two decades ago now, am I really that old, ouch..) so its 'superficial' - recognize I did this overnight, through over 60 companies to get this top 25, and had to chase many of the numbers from foreign websites etc. But note that someone else said Apple was too low haha

Antoine - thanks!

online - yeah we agree

Faith - thank you so much

kevin - haha Apple too low? compare with Andrew above who said too high.. I think its a reasonably good 'balance' for a given analyst if some say its too low and others say its too high haha... But yeah, I was that tired I was not paying attention was a given candidate on new GAP rules or old. Sorry. Like
I said, its a night time freebie job for no other reason than that I just love my numbers and this was a fun little project. A decade ago I would have done it also but only on my own PC and wouldn't have had a way to share. Now with blogs, at least I get to share it haha..

Thank you all for comments.

Tomi Ahonen :-)


It's impressive that Telenor, from a relatively small country, is number 24. They have a good strategy to work early with emerging markets, focusing on subscriber growth.

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