9 out of 10 iPhone buyers choosing the 4S

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.

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



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131 Comments

131. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

That's a crazy thought. People are buying the new model? I would have thought for sure the biggest surge would have been for the 3GS. I mean, why wouldn't it? It clearly is a less superior model. /sarcasm

129. handicrapguy

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Being my first iphone, it was a no brainer to get the 4s and seeing as it came in a 64gb model made it even better. I have a big music collection and being able to have it all on my smartphone is a great bonus.

118. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Why am I getting thumbed down? I only have the kindest words to say :)

85. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I just don't get why anyone with an iPhone 4 would upgrade to the 4S. Its the same phone. Not being sarcastic but can someone honestly explain to me why is it so necessary to upgrade to this phone?

106. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@whatever. You are right. I didn't upgrade to the ip4s. I kept my ip4 and will upgrade to the ip5. And I really think a lot of ip4 users kept their ip4. Which means, those ip4s buyers are new adopters. Which is supported by an article posted on here that majority of ip4S buyers are either blackberry or android users :)

116. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

@530Gemini.....God I have never seen someone defend a product and argue about it to every comment like if you invented it. There will be fan boys on both sides but trying to convince which one is better is just pointless.

120. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@bank. Same goes to eclipse, remix, superfandroid, you, etc. We just happen to be in opposite sides :) There is a big difference between me and fandroids though. I am only here to defend my choice and to react to unreasonable attacks towards the iphone. I am not here to convince anyone that my choice is better than their's. And most of all, I have respect to users who choose an android device over an iphone, and honestly, I have nothing against android, only fandroids.

124. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Lol well I thumb you up just for your comment towards me. Honesty works for some :)

126. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I think what you and some others did by waiting made much more sense. As much as I loved my DX, there was no way I was going to waste an upgrade and money getting the DX2 just for a simple bump in screen remand Tegra chip. And upgrade is going from the DX to a Bionic or Razr. As for the iPhone 4S, I read an article that says different. Sure, there are people leaving there current OSs, but it said that the majority of iPhone 4S buyers (77%) are current iPhone owners.

73. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

what a WASTE of internet space. Victor.

82. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Why would this be a waste of internet space? There are fandroids spreading lies that the huge success of the iphone's sales figures are from older models. This article cleared things up :)

100. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I wonder how many times you said fandroid in this article?

105. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@zayzay. A lot of times, because there are a lot of you in here :)

125. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Ok Applehead Stop with the fanaticism Ish**p worshiper

66. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Usually I let silly things go but this is kind of obvious. What current iPhone owner who has an older model woulld not like the newest version? Just a little too obvious guys.

84. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Obvious? Well obviously, fandroids think otherwise, because they've been saying that majority of the iphone sales were from older models. I guess what you're saying is.....fandroids are dumb :)

54. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Hahaha, and fandroids have been stating over and over again that the huge number of iphone sales figures are from ip4 and ip3gs. Once again, fandroids are wrong, but they still have the nerve to show up here, hahahahahahaha. Shameless :)

81. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

all i know is record numbers go out and buy a phone that is around the same specs as the one i was using a year and a half ago. and next year youll probably 'upgrade' to what i have now.

104. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@dirty. But there's a big difference. The 5mp camera on my iphone works better than most 8mp android phones. So obviously, it's not just about the spec numbers. My single core iph4 response better than majority of dual core phones out there. Again, it's not just about the spec numbers all the time. Which basically means, that an iphone from last year, is just as good, or even better, than an android phone of this year :)

119. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

you think this. and by the way... your HD camera is not really HD. neither is mine.

121. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@dirty. I only care for the results. If it looks HD even when it's not, I'm happy :)

50. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Greathero iPhone is obsolete just like any other phone , there is nothing special about the iPhone . If you think it is, you must be dreaming

80. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh yes we'll believe you. The iphone outsold all android devices combined, and there's nothing special about it, lol. What does that make android devices? Lol.

44. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I just don't believe this. what about that "tremendous, tremendous demand " claims by at&t?, about the iPhone 3gs? well, I guess it's a good news anyway.. once iPhone 4s becomes obsolete (in a couple months time ), what will apple gonna sell?

46. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Thats the beauty of it, it will not be obsolete and it will probably see at least 2 years worth of updates. Apple will sell this iPhone and it will continue to sell well. Just not at these numbers which are quite impressive.

69. krazdjokr26 unregistered

why are they thumbing you down? lol look at the 3GS... people are still buying the phone and its old as dirt...lol thats proof that apple phones will fall off after 3 years... when the iphone 5 comes out it will be the end of the 3gs... the iphone 4 will probably drop to $50 4S to $149 and so on... people just try their hardest to stick to android/iphone wars and not have any objective views... smh

83. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

the next POS that they produce. and every hipster with the 4s will run out and buy it. once again setting records.

42. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

That isnt news thats logic who would buy an old phone ( like the nokia 5000 for example)

78. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Go talk to the fandroids. They're the ones who said over and over again that the huge iphone sales last quarter are from ip4 and 3gs :)

38. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

That's because alot of people 2 years ago got the iPhone 3gs. So now its 2 years later and time to upgrade, it only makes sense to buy the iPhone 4s. Only die hard show it off iPhone users buy the new iPhone every year, even if its a small upgrade.

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