I'm not inclined to believe this figure. If for no other reason than the fact that Pocket IE has had a whole Micro-Internet grow up around it in the last seven or eight years.
Windows Mobile, Palm and Blackberry devices far outnumber iPhones in the market today and even though most of their standard browsers make no attempt to deliver a desktop like experience they do a much better mobile browsing experience in the real world, making a good fist of displaying the important information from normal pages. The story doesn't finish there though, as most platforms have a choice of alternative browsers, depending on the sort of experience that a user is looking for.
The most common by far is Opera Mini. Whilst Netfront also offers an alternate solution for multiple platforms. A third, almost unheard of mobile platform exists and it manages to take on Safari at its own game and comprehensively beat it.
Picsel Browser originates from Glasgow and is available fur both Palm and windows Mobile platforms. I say available, but that's only true if you are a device manufacturer, Picsel either can't or won't sell to end users. I have tried if on both platforms though and it is undeniably the best product available for either.
Like the iPhone's version of Safari, Picsel manages to display a web page exactly as it would appear on your desktop. You can zoom in and out by drawing your finger or a stylus up or down the screen or by drawing a box around the area you want to zoom in to. But where Picsel scores is its ability to do the same with pdf files as well as office documents and images. Tie this in with the high resolution VGA screens that proliferate on Windows Mobile and you have something that matches Safari's features, adds some of its own and manages So look better in to the bargain.
Given the choice of hardware and the high-speed connections available for the Windows Mobile platform, if Microsoft licensed Picsel for web browsing the iPhone 3G launch would be much less of a significant event.