iPhone Average Selling Price Remains Steady Even With Free 3GS Offer
Earlier this week, Apple reported its best quarterly earnings ever, taking in more than $46 billion over three months. 53% of that revenue was from the sale of 37 million iPhones, at an average selling price of nearly $660. This ASP is particularly impressive, considering this is the first quarter that Apple has sold a "free" iPhone in the U.S. -- the iPhone 3GS is available for free to new two-year contract signers on AT&T.
Apple's iPhone ASP has remained fairly consistent, hovering between $622 and $660 for most of the phone's lifespan. With Apple offering their cheapest iPhones yet this quarter, some analysts wondered if that would have a negative effect on the iPhone's ASP. It seems that demand for the 64GB iPhone 4S -- the most expensive iPhone yet at $849 -- has easily offset the cheaper iPhone 3GS and 4 models.
All Things D reports estimates from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners that claim 89% of iPhone purchases in the U.S. were for the iPhone 4S, with only 4% of buyers choosing the iPhone 3GS. More relevant for the discussion above, CIRP estimates that higher-end 4S models sold particularly well, with 21% of 4S purchasers opting for the 64GB model and 34% picking up the 32GB.
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I think the iPhone sells well because it can be recognized as a device similar to the iPod, and it has the Apple brand. While us on here just love the product, people not familiar with Android or Windows Phone turn to Apple because they're well-recognized
I suppose the percentage will go down a lot, if the iPhone 5 is any good.
It's hard to resist buying the 4S even if there is an older version for free available. That may also explain why people would rather buy an iPhone versus another brand (possibly cheaper) smartphone. The iPhone 4S remains the top of the line within and between brands.
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