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iPhone takes top 3 spots of 2011’s best-selling smartphones in the US

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iPhone takes top 3 spots of 2011’s best-selling smartphones in the US
The annual “Mobile Future in Focus” report was released yesterday and it comes as no surprised, Apple’s iPhone dominated the charts. The report shows both sales in both the US and EU5, which includes France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K, from January 2011 through December 2011. The iPhone remained prominent on both charts.

In the US, the iPhone 4 took the top spot, followed by the iPhone 3GS, and the iPhone 4S. The BlackBerry Curve 8530 and the HTC Evo 4G occupied spots 4 and 5.

Taking a look at the EU5 chart, the iPhone 4 came in first, followed by the iPhone 3GS. The Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 and Samsung Galaxy S II came in 3rd and 4th. Finally the iPhone 4S took up the rear in 5th.

It is definitely interesting to see how strong the iPhone 3GS continues to perform even though there are 2 successors available. We assume that much of its success can be attributed to the low price point.

Overall, both US and European markets saw a growth in the sales of smartphones. In the seconds half of 2011, the US smartphone market grew 14.8% to encompass 41.8% of all mobile users. The EU5 saw a 13% growth to 44% in the same time period.

iPhone takes top 3 spots of 2011’s best-selling smartphones in the US


source: AppleInsider

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posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:23 3

1. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Obviously not surprised.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:24 11

2. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


good lord how long is the evo going to stay alive.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:36 3

4. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That's exactly what I was thinking! Is the Evo STILL Sprint's flagship device? But I'm also surprised the Curve is still in the top 5 as well.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:59 7

7. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


The Evo is obviously an Android sent back from the future to destroy Apple. Therefore,it can't die. lol.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:27

3. Jamus (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


This obviously means RIM/Blackberry is the second best cell phone provider in the world, right? ...

I wish the Curve wasnt there so RIM would just waste away already ...

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:41 7

5. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


As a EVO owner, it is a great phone. If HTC had made an upgrade that didn't feature 3D and instead offered a thin, lighter phone with plenty of batt power, i'm sure many would have stopped buying the EVO 4g.

That is freaking amazing though that a locked phone offered only by 1 small carrier makes that list. The iphone is available on 3 carriers and unlocked.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:57 3

6. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


is the news about iPhone ranking at top again and again going to be too often around PA? it seems like saying the same thing, but keep rephrasing

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 13:08 7

8. joex2 (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


iPhone 3gS? People only buy because it's Apple. This phone and outdated.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 13:32 6

10. ph00ny (Posts: 586; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That doesn't apply to the other apple devices? Most people buy it because it's apple regardless of the model, spec, etc

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 13:23 4

9. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


suprised that Blackberry is in the top. This report must be wrong.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 13:37 4

11. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Incredible, people like Apple so much they would buy the outdated stuff just to have an "iPhone". Lol, followers are in great numbers in the U.S., just look at those numbers. With the amount of market share RIM gave up this year, how on earth did the Curve make it up there? Where do they even get these numbers, is that 8530 even on sale anywhere but at resellers? Which cell company has that thing in stock? I smell BS.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 14:04

12. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


So are they doing this by how many units were sold? Both iPhone 3gs and Evo 4g were free for the longest time ever this year. ( probably still are ) lol Its because people want a decent phone for free with only the few thing to do , such as Facebook and twitter. I know people who just got a Evo 4g because of the success of the commercials and its free, can't beat free :p

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 14:35 3

13. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Looks like its an iPhone gold, silver, bronze

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 15:36 2

14. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


I am actually very surprised to see HTC and Samsung(wtf?!) in the top 5.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 17:45 5

15. pedobear (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


I bet that half the people buying iPhone's don't know anything about smartphones, they just want a name brand product to show off to their friends.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 18:41 3

16. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


^pretty much. haha i cant tell you how many people come into my store and want an iPhone. not knowing what they are getting but because someone else has one. and they want one just because everyone says its cool. lol

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 20:24 4

17. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


guys, its not that "people like iPhones" its just the fact that theres only 3. its simple and easy for anyone to understand. thats why people get it, its not because they are fanboys or whatever you may think.
Apple has the best commercials for their phones out there, and you hear people saying "my iPhone 4" more than "my Samsung Galaxy II Epic 4G Touch" yea. thats why.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 22:36 4

18. Slammer (Posts: 941; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I'm finding it rather pathetic that PA is consistantly schlepping the iPhone in one fashion or another.

Here is a device reminiscent of the earliest Apple products in terms of what their MO was. Yet, today's generation cares nothing about demanding more from a company that has gotten filthy rich offering minimal standards. All they care about is owning something that everyone else wants or has.

Arguing that Apple set the bar for smartphones, ended after the first iteration. When will people realize they are being taken by this company. And when will PA editors that supposedly have a passion for the wireless industry, start to allocate their positioning in journalism to be more unbiased in reporting.

I don't want to hear about what Apple obsessed company has to say about Apple's products. I care about what unbiased news is happening in the industry. News that is relevant to productive educating within the mobile segments. I don't learn a damn thing by hearing cheerleaders pushing their product of choice. It become more of a game and elevates the annoyance level.

Where were today's reporters 30 years ago when Apple tried to push their products? Where were today's reporters when Apple was proprietary in their offerings as they are today? Where were the reporters when Apple controlled the consumer's experience years ago just as today? Why is today different than years ago?

It's not. The only difference is a brilliant salesman took the same MO of a company and cashed in on the starry eyed and smiley faced people that have no clue how Apple operates. Make as much money as possible while offering the least. The proof is in the profit margin. Doesn't anyone realize that any company could cut corners too in order to make profits?

Frankly, I'm rather disappointed in today's journalism. It has become more of a sales outlet than news.

John B.

posted on 26 Feb 2012, 10:59

19. Forsaken77 (Posts: 546; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I find it easy to believe the 3GS is still selling well. It's offered free by AT&T. So anyone age 40+ that isn't good with technology and wants to dip their toes into the smartphone world will get the 3GS. Now, being the 3GS is ONLY offered by AT&T in the U.S., I find it hard to believe it's the number 1 selling phone in the country being AT&T isn't the biggest carrier in the country. I would think a phone offered by multiple carriers would be on top. I'm surprised Samsung isn't number 1 or 2. I think the company doing these sales results doesn't have access to many sales numbers from Verizon or TMo. Because how could Sprints' phone be on the list? A carrier easily trumped by Verizon in phone sales.

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