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9 out of 10 iPhone buyers choosing the 4S
Apple reported not only good, it delivered a historic quarter propelled by sales of its iPhone. The company did mention that most of the iPhone sales were of the latest iPhone 4S, but now an interesting conclusion surfaced - 9 out of 10 buyers are picking the iPhone 4S, according to a study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).

Customers preference for the latest and “most amazing” iPhone yet is not surprising, it is interesting though to know that an overwhelming 90% pick the 4S even when the iPhone 4 and 3GS are available for much lower prices. This should serve well to explain whether Apple really needs to bring a lower-cost iPhone to the market, as many analysts have pointed out.

To be perfectly exact, CIRP found the iPhone 4S to make up 89% of iPhone sales after its launch, while the iPhone 4 and 3GS shares stood at 7% and 4%, respectively.

Clearly, the iPhone 4S sold very well
The researchers further broke down iPhone 4S sales only:
  • 21% were iPhone 4S 64GB,
  • 34% were iPhone 4S 32GB,
  • 45% were iPhone 4S 16GB.

“Clearly, the iPhone 4S sold very well,” CIRP co-founder Mike Levin said for AllThingsD. “An amazing 19 percent of all iPhone buyers upgraded from the iPhone 4, a phone barely a year old at the time of the launch. Forty-two percent of iPhone buyers broke existing carrier contracts to get the new iPhone 4S. And 19 percent of these iPhone 4S buyers sold their old iPhone in the secondary market. Early upgrades, broken contracts, and selling used phones — all allow buyers to purchase the new iPhone 4S, when conventional wisdom suggests that these users would follow the two-year contract cycle, or at least purchase the cheaper models.”

source: AllThingsD

9 out of 10 iPhone buyers choosing the 4S


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posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:00 8

1. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


and why would you even by an old model?

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:01 12

4. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


No kidding. I don't know why this would be shocking. Sometimes I think PhoneArena just thinks of things that they can say about Apple, cause not much new is going on over there right now.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:22 3

55. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@jamrock. This is good information. Why? Because fandroids have been saying over and over again that the majority of the iphones sold are the iphone4 and 3gs. So this article clears those made up figures from fandroids :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:39 9

62. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Don't know why phonearena keeps putting up these stupid Apple articles.

Everyone knows ifans pre programmed to buy the 4s, the 4ss and the 4sss and so on. After all its a 'new' apple phone and they must have it despite already having it already just minus an 's' in the name. Most start saving for the next 'new' iphone as soon as they have bought the current one.

This is a hilarious fact that people have been laughing at for years now so maybe PA is also having a laugh at it.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:16 5

87. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@andro. Just like you are programmed to change your mind when an article like this comes out proving fandroids statements to be lies :)

Now you say that EVERYONE knows that people are going to buy the ip4s. Then why do fandroids say that the majority of the sales were from older models? Lol. You guys are contradicting yourselves, lol. You fandroids are as fragmented as your OS, hahahahahahaha.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:03 5

6. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i wonder this too.

why would you spend your upgrade on a 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year old phone?

ahhh, the stupidity of the american consumer.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:08 5

8. bigdawg23 (Posts: 346; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Many consumers want the iPhone but care more about cost vs speed. My mom wanted a smartphone but wouldn't spend $200. I got her the 3GS for $.01.

Personally I am not like that as I will spend $200-300 on a phone without blinking.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:37

21. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


2 years from now, she could have sold the 4s for at least 200 more than the 3gs and buy the newest then.

the 200 more is like a one time investment for better phones for the rest of your life.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:32 2

58. bigdawg23 (Posts: 346; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Oh I know. I had this discussion. Hell iOS 5 on the 3GS sucks. Its Slow.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:50 5

32. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Eh, some people just don't need the latest. My girlfriends family all just got iPhones and the only person that got the 4S was her dad. Her mom and brother bought the iPhone4 just because they wanted an iPhone and don't really care about having the latest.

Everyone is different...

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:12 10

10. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


This discredits the "iPhone is doing well because of the free 3GS" argument. It shows that the 4S is selling and not the previous models.

Maybe thats why?

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:14 10

13. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Honestly, I think the iPhone 4 is an extremely awesome deal given the features and hardware you get with it. I still have my iPhone 4 and although the 4S is nice, the 4 works fantastically well. Usually, I talk people out of getting older phone models, but it seems like Apple is doing a better job at putting enough power into their phones that they are able to keep up for much longer than 2 years.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:38 5

23. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


not trying to troll, but i would say they are just doing a better job at barely upgrading their phones. thats why the 4 is still great.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:48 4

30. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Actually considering all that was packed into the 4S, I would say that it was a considerable upgrade. Sure the UI is relatively the same but added features and specs was quite a bit more. Nice try but you are trying to troll and you did not do a good job of it.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 11:04 5

39. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


really not trying to troll. i promise.

you can count the new features on one hand.

the look is the same, the feel is the same. the main reason i chose android this time is b/c i owned an iphone 3g, which really isnt all that far off from what they are offering now.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 11:11 2

41. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Actually you cannot. Here is a list just from the software side of things.

http://techzoom.org/ios-5-complete-list-of-200-new-features/

There were quite a few tweaks under the hood as well. I do agree that they should have went with a different hardware design though. Did something to physically distinguish the 4S from the 4.

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 06:11

130. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


You tried going tohttp://techzoom.org/ios-5-complete-list-of-200-new%E2%80%8B-features/, and it doesn't exist.

nice fail.

i've seen the list though. other than what they covered at the keynote, there is nothing significant. the 4s is the 4 with a new (underclocked) processor, new radio, new camera, siri and new notifications. even with minute changes it still launched with software issues.

if you like it, great. obv millions do. but, for me, it was just waaaayyyyy too familiar.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:23 2

17. Victor.H (Posts: 406; Member since: 27 May 2011)


One possible reason is because it's cheaper. Obviously, sales suggest otherwise - that price difference is virtually a non-factor, and that's what makes it interesting.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:00 2

3. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


All those percentages show they are for the 64GB...

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:25 2

18. Victor.H (Posts: 406; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Thanks for noticing, it's now fixed!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:02 2

5. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


And why they don't choose the iPhone 5 ? It is not mass available since last August ?

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:07 4

7. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


21% were iPhone 4S 64GB,
34% were iPhone 4S 64GB,
45% were iPhone 4S 64GB.

you mean 100% bought iPhone 4s 64GB? hahahaha, victor....

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:14

12. MickDM (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


V...iCtor ;)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:20 4

16. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


victor hates me:D he is a Mac guy and i am a PC Guy....he loves iphone and i love WP, he likes iPhone and i Like Lumia :D

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 11:33

45. MickDM (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


drahmad, u should write for pa to give a more balanced perspective ijs ;)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 12:13

48. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


lol sorry man, i wont post negative comments again :p

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:39

24. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Your reading comprehension isn't so great...
The researchers further broke down iPhone 4S sales only:

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:12 3

9. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 122; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Most of the people buy iPhone users buy an iPhone because it's an iPhone! Also, their friends buy it, so they must too. How lame!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:18 4

14. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yea its nothing new .. we all know the majority of people buy the iphone because its an "iphone" there is nothing "amazing" about this phone

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:35 7

20. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Typical droidlet troll. Never used an iPhone but knows everything about it, and is smarter than everyone else.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 12:12 1

47. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yea i actually worked for apple... Ish33p

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:44 4

26. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


yep old technology same boring OS but fools buy it because its an "iPhone"

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 11:06 6

40. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Well, that so called boring OS has the highest customer satisfaction rating so it must be pretty good no?

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 12:27 1

49. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Most americans like simple. So yes boring for lots, but not for all. Some people like to use their brain to work their phone, some don't.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:32 1

59. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@zayzay. Well maybe because we iphone users have other more important things to use our brains for than tweaking wallpapers :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:15

86. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


@Gemini How did you know I was playing around with my wallpaper for the last week until I finally found one?

I cut the crap with my post. I didn't take sides, plain and simple.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:19 1

88. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@zayzay. Because you're a fandroid. And that is what fandroids brag about all the time. That they can customize ringtones and wallpapers. So logically, it gives us the impression that all fandroids do is customize ringtones and wallpapers and also stare at the live widgets (whatever it is you guys are staring at it for), lol.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:26

91. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


@530Gemini I'm more of a pro cell phone kind of guy. Not a fandroid though. The iphone is a great phone, just not for me.

Can you understand that? Or is it mandatory to take sides?

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:54 1

107. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@zayzay. Whatever :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:31 1

57. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@remix. Your jealousy and bitterness is so obvious, hahahahaha.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:43 6

25. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


And the Android douchebags strike again. Like I said, Android trolls and Apple trolls are 2 of a kind. What's lame is that you downtalk someone who makes a purchase of a device that is different from your choice. Many people buy the iPhone for many reasons just like all other products. Brand recognition is one of them.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 10:46 3

27. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


right they buy it because they recognize it and their peers have it, not because they know anything about it or if another phone would be better suited for them

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 11:00 3

34. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


right, because like i said, brand recognition is one of them but their are many other reasons as to why the iPhone is chosen. The reasons are the same as Android users. Like the majority of Android users go into the store with a wish list of specs and features they want and then purchase what best suites them. Really lol? GTFOH. Consumers reacted quite well to the $100 million dollar DROID campaign. What about Virgin, Boost, Cricket, and Metro PCS customers. You think the lowend prepaid buyers walked in the store with a wish list of items to better suit there needs? Hell no, because the majority of them were asking for DROID phones (hence Verizons excellent marketing). The fact that a lot of people on all carriers and MVNOs ask for Droid phones just goes to show you that their are just as many uninformed Android buyers as there are iPhone buyers. In the end, people buy what they want with their money. No need to call people sheep b/c the buy what they want with their money. Get over it and move on.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:03 2

51. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


hahaha looks like i hit an iNerve, who said anything about a wish list of specs. Android has way more to offer than iPhone. Want a custom ringtone?, gl with that. How about bluetooth file transfer. Nope. Widgets nah. and no drop down notifications until recently. haha took you long enough Apple. Why dont you just be happy with your dumbed down OS / app launcher that the stupid average person "wants" because its an "icon" and get over it instead of wasting your breath on here

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:38 5

61. krazdjokr26 (unregistered)


you have fun coming here to express yourself huh? "i can dig it" lol

today is my last day using an android phone... iPhone4S will be purchased tomorrow! lol

"most" people dont care about using those features you're naming android has... are they great features?? YES! no argument there... but the problem is... no one cares to have them... its not a necessity to have on a cell phone...

all these iphone attacks are irrelevant... we are all techy in some kind of way on this site... you're anti-iphone campaign will work better if you were in the streets than in here...lol we only make up a .00067%(made up number but its a very small percentage lol) of people who buy android/iphones.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:40 3

63. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lol im just trollin dude i get a kick out of stupid iFan reactions. I dont expect to turn anyone from the Dark Side here

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:52 3

68. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@eclipse. Why waste your time trolling in here? Don't you have custom ringtones and wallpapers to work on? Or are you tired of customizing? Hahahahaha

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:56 2

72. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


im not wasting my time, why are you? :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:21 2

89. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@eclipse. Yes, you are wasting your time in here. You could have customized more ringtones and wallpapers already :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:31 2

94. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


like Android i can multitask :) thanks for your concern though im flattered

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:56 1

108. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@eclipse. You think you can multitask but you can't. The human brain can only do 1 task at a time. But it can switch tasks so quickly that you think you're multitasking, but you're not :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 18:47

127. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


pretty sure im breathing and typing at the same time, your logic is flawed :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:30 1

93. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


@Gemini, do you bring up wallpapers and ringtones with everyone. Check the page before, you said the same thing. Get new material.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:58 2

109. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@zayzay. I'll be happy to change my material if you guys change yours :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 15:07

117. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


u know ull be the first to gloat when u finally are ALLOWED to have the things we have had.

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:55

70. krazdjokr26 (unregistered)


lol hey i can respect that... puts on "sense of humor" cap...

thumbs up!

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:44 2

65. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@eclipse. Custom ringtone? That's something high school kids would put on top of their wish list, lol. Can you imagine professionals spending most of their time customizing ringtones and wallpapers, lol. I'd rather spend my time arguing here on PA than tweaking ringtones and wallpapers, lol. If I want a ringtone, I'd just buy it, done.

BT file transfer? We already have icloud for crying out loud. Oh I forgot, android users can't afford to buy their own songs, so they rely on their buddies to BT to them a song. How do you guys do it? Do you guys all chip in from your allowance and then have 1 person buy the song and then you guys all gather around for a BT file transfer conference? Lol.

Widgets? Yeah, like I need more stuff to lessen battery life. How impractical. If the iphone has live widgets, I'd turn it off. But hey, if live widgets make your day, then feel free to get an android device :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 13:56 2

71. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


same boring arguments from you, your no fun anymore. just because you don't want or will use those few features i mentioned, I could care less. You said so yourself Android has a bigger market share, that's a lot of "professionals" :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:24 2

90. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@eclipse. And what new argument have you put on the table? It's the same thing over and over again from fandroids is it not? So what new response do you expect to get? :)

So you agree with me then that it's not about what friends have that they decide which phones to get. Again, I've proven you wrong. Thank you :)

posted on 26 Jan 2012, 14:32 2

95. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1553; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


the day you prove anything to me is the day i own an iPhone again haha

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