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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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40 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: 8 Votes
40 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: 5 Votes
40 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
40 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
40 months ago
The 3GS coming in second says a lot about the Android phones.
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago

The iPhone 3GS is free and the iPhone 4 is $99. People love cheap, and I don't blame them.

Since when is a $2,000 cell phone contract "cheap?" Or are you simply saying they're all idiots?
Rating: 2 Votes
40 months ago

Since when is a $2,000 cell phone contract "cheap?" Or are you simply saying they're all idiots?


Cheap is anything in the monthly basket that doesn't take their maxed out credit card(s) over limit before payday. Not all, but given the profits of credit card companies from credit card interest, a vast percentage of consumers are stupid and/or completely failed by any educational system. They wouldn't know an NPV calculation if it hit them in the face.

Unfortunate.
Rating: 2 Votes
40 months ago

Since when is a $2100/$2200 cellphone bill any cheaper?

I have an aunt who likes cheaper prices for non-essential expenses like mobile phones. She pays less than $500 over the course of two years of service. And yes, that's a lot cheaper than $2,000 in case you're not aware. She doesn't have an iPhone because there is still no way to get such a thing for a cheap price after you add up all the various expenses. You'd be forgiven for thinking anyone with basic math skills should be able to figure that out. Instead we have millions of people claiming that they're picking up "cheap" iPhones with top-dollar service contracts that quickly wipe out whatever discount they think they're getting
Rating: 2 Votes
40 months ago

Because even the 2.5 year-old 3GS is better then the latest and greatest Crapdroid phone made. And don't bother telling me how your new Crapdroid is better then an iPhone because since Apple hit the phone market, not one single phone has sold better then the iPhone ...even when Crapdroid's were being given away free at Verizon they couldn't unseat the iPhone.

I had the original iPhone. I loved it. Then I had the iPhone 3G. I loved that as well. But the network service was terrible and over time I couldn't stand to keep handing AT&T (or the Tea Party they fund) any more of my money. At the time AT&T was still the only carrier Apple would sell to in the US, so I was forced to jailbreak my phone and unlock the SIM in order to use it with T-Mobile.

At first everything was great. I had much better voice service and although the data was slower it wasn't so bad that it bothered me. Unfortunately over time each update Apple pushed out made my iPhone slower and slower until it finally became virtually useless.

At that point there was still no way to get an iPhone with either of the lower cost national carriers so I chose an Evo on Sprint's 4G network. It took a while to unlearn the iPhone and branch out into the Android world but over time I became more and more familiar and the Android OS got better and better. The speed of this phone was incredible compared to just about everything else I'd ever used up to this point, including the iPhone 4.

I was still interested in picking up the next iPhone when I heard it was coming to Sprint. Unfortunately Apple didn't provide for any 4G service options so I figured it wasn't worth the effort and cost for a slower speed phone. And that's why I still don't have an iPhone to this very day.

Not everything with Android is crap. Some Android features are behind the Apple equivalents and some are ahead of Apple. As we saw point-blank during the iOS 5 roll-out. Frankly I think the Android tablet market could still use some work, but the phones are not that different from the iPhone these days and most of what I would want to do on an iPhone can be done equally well on my Evo 4G. If the iPhone supported 4G on Sprint I probably would have purchased one, but even without it I'm not hurting for much on my Evo either.
Rating: 2 Votes
40 months ago

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


I think is says more about Apple marketing and the lack of knowledge by most consumers. All they see is iPhone, I want one.
Rating: 2 Votes

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