Cologne tops iPhone penetration among German cities

Monday 19 June 2017 | 13:03 CET | News
Cologne has the highest share of iPhone users among German cities, while mobile users in Saxony are the least likely to have a data contract, according to a survey by Mobilcom-debitel for the newspaper Berliner Morgenpost. 

Based on Mobilcom-debitel's customer base, the region with the highest iPhone penetration is Hamburg, at 31.7 percent of mobile users with an Apple smartphone, followed by North Rhine-Westphalia at 26.9 percent and Berlin with 26.4 percent. Cologne tops the city rankings, at 37.8 percent, followed by Munich with 36.4 percent iPhone users. 

iPhone penetration is much lower in eastern Germany, led by Saxony with just 14.1 percent. Saxony also has the highest share of mobile users without data plans, at 15.4 percent, followed by Thuringia at 14.7 percent. In NRW, only 10 percent of mobile users don't have a data contract.

The survey also found SMS usage relatively low across the country, with around a third of Germans no longer using SMS. Dresden had the highest usage, at 67.3 percent of mobile users sending a SMS in the past three months, while in Duisburg only 55.4 percent had done so. 

In terms of calls, Frankfurt had the highest usage, with 5.4 percent of mobile users there talking more than ten hours a month. People in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have the longest calls, at an average 147 seconds each. 

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