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iPhone 4 and 3GS Continued to Lead U.S. Smartphone Sales in Q3


While the sheer number of available Android devices has resulted in the platform surpassing Apple's iOS in popularity, Apple's limited portfolio of devices remained popular even as customers looked forward to updated hardware that arrived last month in the form of the iPhone 4S. According to NPD, the iPhone 4 and 3GS continued to hold the top two positions in U.S. smartphone sales during the third quarter, leading a series of Android phones in the rankings.
Led by continued steady sales for Apple’s iPhones, the top five best-selling mobile phone handsets in Q3 were as follows:

1. Apple iPhone 4
2. Apple iPhone 3GS
3. HTC EVO 4G
4. Motorola Droid 3
5. Samsung Intensity II
The ranking follows an identical showing for Apple during the second quarter, despite the iPhone 4 having been introduced in June 2010 and the iPhone 3GS launch dating all the way back to June 2009.

Even with the introduction of the iPhone 4S last month, Apple is continuing to sell the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS as low-end devices, with an 8 GB iPhone 4 being offered for $99 on contract at all three major U.S. iPhone carriers and AT&T offering the 8 GB iPhone 3GS for free on contract.

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37 months ago

I bought the 16gb 4 2 days before the 4S came out because it would've cost me £175 upfront for the 4S, the 4 was free. Not everyone has banks of money specifically for buying the latest and greatest, some people just want a decent phone, not the best.


Yet you have banks of money to pay the monthly fee... :rolleyes:
Rating: 10 Votes
37 months ago

Still couldn't understand people buying iphone 4 and iphone 3gs as opposed to iphone 4s to save $100 to $200 up front.


I bought the 16gb 4 2 days before the 4S came out because it would've cost me £175 upfront for the 4S, the 4 was free. Not everyone has banks of money specifically for buying the latest and greatest, some people just want a decent phone, not the best.
Rating: 7 Votes
37 months ago
Still couldn't understand people buying iphone 4 and iphone 3gs as opposed to iphone 4s to save $100 to $200 up front.



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While the sheer number of available Android devices has resulted in the platform surpassing Apple's iOS in popularity, Apple's limited portfolio of devices remained popular even as customers looked forward to updated hardware that arrived last month in the form of the iPhone 4S. According to NPD (http://www.npdgroup.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/pressreleases/pr_111114a), the iPhone 4 and 3GS continued to hold the top two positions in U.S. smartphone sales during the third quarter, leading a series of Android phones in the rankings.The ranking follows an identical showing (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/22/iphone-4-and-3gs-rank-as-best-selling-u-s-smartphones/) for Apple during the second quarter, despite the iPhone 4 having been introduced in June 2010 and the iPhone 3GS launch dating all the way back to June 2009.

Even with the introduction of the iPhone 4S last month, Apple is continuing to sell the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS as low-end devices, with an 8 GB iPhone 4 being offered for $99 on contract at all three major U.S. iPhone carriers and AT&T offering the 8 GB iPhone 3GS for free on contract.

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Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
The 3GS coming in second says a lot about the Android phones.
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
Hardly a surprise.

ONE (at most two) phones, done right.

All you need.

But not everyone can pull off what Apple can.

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The 3GS coming in second says a lot about the Android phones.


This.
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago

Still couldn't understand people buying iphone 4 and iphone 3gs as opposed to iphone 4s to save $100 to $200 up front.


I am pretty sure that at this point the 4s wasn't out yet so those were their only (iPhone) options.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

Seeing what MacRumors has become I guess it's no surprise to see a moderator jumping on the doom and gloom bandwagon.:(


I am not sure how my being amazed is equal to doom and gloom. :confused:

I am happy for the achievements of Apple, in spite of the strong competition.

::EDIT::

I think I get the confusion, people use the word Non-Plussed incorrectly all the time. It means surprised, not disappointment like most people think. Just trying to be clear.
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

Still couldn't understand people buying iphone 4 and iphone 3gs as opposed to iphone 4s to save $100 to $200 up front.


Never underestimate the power of "free". Besides, the iPhone4s wasn't available during Q3, which was the quarter this report was based on.
Rating: 3 Votes
37 months ago

Given the variety of Android phone models this stat never had much sense. Now with Samsung smart phones outselling iPhone (and even HTC outselling iPhone in U.S.) it's clear that the strategy of having just one model is a failure and is good only for this artificial stat.


how is Apple making billions off of a product line a failure?
Rating: 3 Votes
37 months ago

I bought the 16gb 4 2 days before the 4S came out because it would've cost me £175 upfront for the 4S, the 4 was free. Not everyone has banks of money specifically for buying the latest and greatest, some people just want a decent phone, not the best.


When you're paying anywhere from $80 and up per-month for a phone with a two-year contract, paying a bit more for a superior phone comes out to a few dollars a month and is the smart choice. Most people can't see past the "free phone" to realize the decision they're actually making.
Rating: 3 Votes

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