iPhone X most popular phone used by delegates at MWC but no sign of Apple


Apple flagship used most by attendees says data crowd sourcing firm

The iPhone X was the most popular device used at Mobile World Congress this year. According to mobile data crowd sourcing company, Tutela, 11 per cent of attendees owned the latest flagship from Apple with the Californian giant making up 56 per cent of the devices at the show.

The findings have been generated from 23,000 attendees at MWC accounting for around 20 per cent of all attendees.

Samsung was the most popular Android manufacturer accounting for 15 per cent of devices at the conference with Huawei accounting for the third most popular manufacturer.

Tutlea source the information via an application that users can download on their phone and also found that its app had been activated on nine Samsung Galaxy S9 devices, just four days after announcement at the Fira Montjuic conference hall in Barcelona.


Network performances was also picked up over the course of the show with AT&T being the most popular service providers.

Over 1,600 of the 23,000 data points that Tutlea connected to were from the network with Vodafone Espana (1,441) and Movistar (1,419) rounding out the top three.

From a British perspective, Vodafone UK was the most popular network at the event with 1,314 connections.

EE came second in the rankings with 888 consumers and O2 (428) and Three (264) coming in third and forth respectively.

Brits accounted for 4,127 of the 23,000 delegates at Mobile World Congress this year, coming second only to Americans, of which 6,129 came.

For the full report from Mobile World Congress this year go to page 20.

5G hot topic

GSMA project marketing director Andrew Parker hailed this year’s Mobile World Congress as the most successful to date with a record 108,000 expected to have attended the fourday event.

Speaking to Mobile News, Parker highlights how 5G remains the hot topic and the benefits it will bring to the Internet of Things as 41 operators have launched low power networks for IoT use.

These include: China Telecom, LGU+ (KOR), Telstra (AUS), Telia (FIN), TIM (ITA), T-Mobile, Turkcell (TUR) and Vodafone in Australia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey).

“We’re seeing reality at this end of 5G which is enabling IoT devices in the first leap forward of coming to market. The big story for us this year is 41 operators have launched low power networks.

“Last year we were talking about standardising technology and actually rolling it out. Now we can look at a map of the world and see it roll out. This year we’ll see the rest of the gaps filled and get the rolling as well”.