Except that chart isn't the source for that statement. The chart is specifically sales on the top 4 US carriers, which as you know are highly subsidized and don't necessarily reflect the sales outside the U.S. They are also heavily promoted by Samsung, which has BOGO deals with many of those specific carriers.
Your first paragraph says it all.
For the rest of your diatribe to be correct it would mean that iP 5S sales must also be wrong.
It would mean that the majority of iPhones are not sold in the United States.
It would mean that iP 5C sales in the rest of the world are more equal to iP 5S sales. That the iP 5S wasn't selling as well in the rest of the world as is first believed. That Tim Cook was wrong when he said that Apple is selling more iP 5S phones than Apple's initial belief.
Logic tells me that if half the production of iPhones is sold in the US (or even 45% for that matter) and the iP 5C is slowly dropping off the map in the US (Canaccord charts); then can it be doing so much better in the rest of the world as to compensate for those lack of sales in the US, to actually propel it above the SG S4 that replaces it in November in the #2 spot in the US; that sales of the 5C are so rapid in the rest of the world that they must easily be selling close to the iP 5S in places like China and Europe, even though we have seen European sales charts showing that the 5C is not selling so well in many countries other than Great Britain. Where are these mystery iP 5C sales being made?
Yes, we all know how much you like Ben Bajarin. Isn't he the guy that gave you your inspiration for "Flawgic". In the end, though, he's just another analyst. Apple will no more let him look at the sales number than they will Gene Munster. In the end you are asking all of us to believe one analyst over another. Why? Because it fits your scenario?
Come on, Daniel. YOu have to do better than that.
Logic alone tells me you are way off base.