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iPhone 3GS Production Pegged at Two Million Units This Quarter, CDMA iPhone 4 at One Million

While much has been made of Apple's strong iPhone sales this quarter with estimates now pushing toward 30 million units, what hasn't been known is the mix of iPhone models contributing to that number. The significant majority of sales are almost certainly from the current iPhone 4S, but the company continues to offer lower-end 8 GB iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS models in some markets. Higher-capacity iPhone 4 models are also available in countries where the iPhone 4S has yet to launch.

Ahead of the iPhone 4S debut, the iPhone 3GS was continuing to sell well under the shadow of the iPhone 4 in the United States, suggesting that there is indeed a significant market for these lower-end devices.


A new report from Digitimes now puts some production numbers on these low-end models for the current quarter, claiming that Apple's manufacturing partners are pushing out two million units of the iPhone 3GS this quarter. In addition, Apple is said to be producing 800,000-1 million CDMA iPhone 4 units.
Apple has been increasing its penetration into entry-level smartphone markets and the OEM production of iPhone 3GS has continued steadily with the volume likely to reach two million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 1.4-1.6 million units in the first quarter of 2012, according to industry sources.

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Meanwhile, the production of the CDMA version of iPhone 4 is expected to top 800,000 to one million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 500,000-600,000 units in the following quarter, estimated the sources.
Unaddressed is the GSM iPhone 4, which is undoubtedly being produced at an even higher rate given the worldwide market for the device. And despite Apple's rapid international rollout of the iPhone 4S, a number of countries are still yet to see the device and are thus still selling the GSM iPhone 4 as the most current model.

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37 months ago

perfect first smartphone for the kids if you have an iphone. if they lose it or break it then it's not a big loss. and you get free texting


Call me old fashioned, but kids should not have a phone, let alone a smartphone, until they are in their teens... maybe.

iPhone? no big loss? If you break it or lose it the 3Gs is $375 retail, the 4 is $550.

You are better off putting that money in a college fund for the kid.
Rating: 8 Votes
37 months ago

perfect first smartphone for the kids if you have an iphone. if they lose it or break it then it's not a big loss. and you get free texting


^^^ This ^^^ The best part, that two year old iPhone gets the latest iOS 5.

EDIT: Actually the 3GS is 2.5 years old.
Rating: 3 Votes
37 months ago
The 3GS is actually still a great phone. It does exactly what it did when I bought it 2+ years ago, and then some.
Rating: 2 Votes
37 months ago

I'm still amazed that with the 3GS being "free" w/ contract, the carriers are still trying to sell crappy feature phones for $29 or more w/ contract.


Well considering carriers often require "Smartphones" to have "Smartphone plans" with the contract (50$+ per month to get the subsidized pricing) and the 29$ or more "feature phone" can get buy on a 20$ a month contract...

Yeah...

Sometimes it pays to think before posting. ;)
Rating: 2 Votes
37 months ago
I'm still amazed that with the 3GS being "free" w/ contract, the carriers are still trying to sell crappy feature phones for $29 or more w/ contract.
Rating: 1 Votes
37 months ago
Jeez, so much demand for a 2-year old phone. :eek:
Rating: 1 Votes
37 months ago

Jeez, so much demand for a 2-year old phone. :eek:


Why would it matter to any rational person how old the phone is? What counts is what you pay, and what you get. And the 3GS is cheaper and not as good as the 4 which is cheaper and not as good as the 4s. Do you think Apple should have released a brand new iPhone 4s light with the same price and features as the 3GS, just so you don't moan about it being two years old?

I am actually quite surprised about this claim that Apple would sell only two million 3GS out of 30 million total.
Rating: 1 Votes
37 months ago


To the 'kids don't need smartphones' crowd, get back into 2011. This isn't the early days of cell phones where these are $700 devices treated like Faberge eggs. Smart phones are becoming as ubiquitous as regular phones and kids use technology in their every day lives. My daughter's school has an 'open technology' policy where kids are allowed to bring iPods, iPod Touches, laptops, iPads or any other technology to school. They can use it pull up information in class when needed or listen to music when doing work in class.


iPhone is actually a $700 phones if you buy it unlocked, or ~$2000 if you pay it under contract and yes many people treat it like Faberge eggs ;)
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37 months ago

The 3GS is actually still a great phone. It does exactly what it did when I bought it 2+ years ago, and then some.


My Motorola 815 still does exactly what it did 6 years ago too.
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37 months ago


I am actually quite surprised about this claim that Apple would sell only two million 3GS out of 30 million total.


I also find the number surprisingly low (if it's even true, of course). Prior to the 4S introduction, I was accustomed to seeing the 3GS as the second-best selling smartphone in the US (still the case, I think, or maybe the 4 is now second best, or whatever). This would suggest to me that old phone sales would be higher percentage of total. We'll see.
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