Survey of Verizon reps says that the HTC ThunderBolt is outselling the Apple iPhone 4

Survey of Verizon reps says that the HTC ThunderBolt is outselling the Apple iPhone 4
Research firm BTIG decided to find out if the Apple iPhone was reigning supreme at Verizon. So the firm got their people on the phone and called 150 Verizon stores in 22 cities and asked sales reps which model was selling better, the Apple iPhone 4 or the HTC ThunderBolt. The latter device is the carrier's first 4G enabled handset.

61% of the reps said that both models were selling at the same pace. 28% told BTIG that the HTC ThunderBolt was outselling the Apple iPhone 4 while 11% said that the iPhone was outselling the ThunderBolt.

Until Verizon reveals precise sales figures for both phones, we are left with unofficial surveys like this one to determine which of the two models is selling the most units for the carrier. While other research firms have reported that Android as a whole has been outselling Apple's handset, those figures are comparing a number of Android handsets against just one model. If the ThunderBolt is indeed outselling the iPhone 4, it would be the first Android phone to go up against the iOS flavored handset one on one and win.

We recently compared both models and you can read our conclusions by clicking on this link.

source: AndroidCentral

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23. goapple! unregistered

ok now show how many of each got returned? Unless you want a phone that only last 4 hours before you need to be connected to a charger of some sort? I talked to a verizon rep and they said all apple products have the lowest return rate of all the products they sell!!

25. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Yea, I would beleive that if they included all the seniors citizens that purchased this old OS. LOL!

19. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

These results are absolutely garbage, you're interviewing Verizon sales reps who's answer to the question is "duh, I don't know" and are either saying the Thunderbolt because it's had 4G or the iPhone because it's popular. Or they're saying the same to be safe or because they truly don't pay attention to what they sell and how many they sell, only cooperate has those numbers.

26. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I agree TKFox007. Verizon reps are like dumb cyborgs, they're all programed to sell a specific thing each time it comes out.

17. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I do not see why any apple fan would be offended even if the T-Bolt did sell more. If the iPhone 5 comes out in October (for argument sake), will we be comparing it to the T-Bolt then? Of course not, the T-Bolt will be too old. I know the iPhone 4 is new to Verizon, but it is not a new device. Relax people. HTC will have other devices out on Verizon in the same time frame as the iPhone5, then the comparison will hold more water. Right now the iPhone's popularity in selling a 10 month old device (released in June of last year on AT&T) is very impressive, even if you are not a supporter. The T-Bolt is selling at a clip the first LTE phone should. Shame on it if it can't outsell the iPhone.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

WAH WAH WAH NOTHING CAN OUT SELL THE IPHONE. Anyone who dares say another phone is better should be shot on the spot! Idiots, that's the point that they made. Verizon stores the thunderbolt is out selling the iPhone. Get the fuck over it you damn sheep. You think your little piece of glass bar you occasionally put to your cheek to make a call is the best thing ever. Yes god, aka Steve jobs is our lord and savior and anything else is just the work of the devil! It's so amazing how these fan boys can freak out about something so stupid and meaningless. I love seeing so many fan boys jump out to attack if above dares say something is better or selling better than the iPhone. For example: "I prefer a larger screen like the one on the thunderbolt compared to the iPhone. Fan boys: drrrrr the iPhone is better because its an iPhone because our god says so.

18. bling bling unregistered

you are not iphone fanboi , because after reading your comment i find you support android or symbian or wp7 but not ios , ps i my self have desire on oxygen rom

14. theo14461 unregistered

There's no mention of how many Thunderbolts are being returned, because the freakin' battery dosen't last a half day!

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think we should all give this a rest it doesn't matter who is currently selling more or less... i even consider this might be a April fools joke that got out of hand a bit we should uses our effort to try goggles new feature... its quite awesome I have to say campaign=en

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

9. Isaac unregistered

Fanboys. Fanboys everywhere. I don't get why this survey would bother Apple fanboys in the first place. A better phone is being sold more. Whats the problem?

11. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

It's not that it's bothersome. It's just plain stupid. Verizon ip4's are sold mostly online and from the Apple Store, just like how it is with at&t iphones. So for them to conduct an impartial survey and release it into an is plain dumb :)

6. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Just like the at&t iphone. Customers buy their iphones more at the Apple stores than the carrier's store. Just think about this. If the ip4 is doing well at Verizon stores compared the thunderbolt, just imagine how many times better the verizon iphone4 is doing at the Apple stores where the thunderbolt would have zero sales.

5. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I conducted my own survey similar to this one. But instead of calling Verizon store reps, I called Apple store reps to see how many verizon ip4 have they sold compared to the Thunderbolt. According to all Apple stores rep that I spoke with, not a single person bought the Thunderbolt from the Apple store, bwahahahahaha. This survey is dumb and misleading.

10. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Why did this post get thumbed down? It's a legitimate argument from an Apple fanboy.

4. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I guarantee the iPhone outsells the Thunderbolt by a large margin. Even with the Thunderbolt having the big advantage of being 4G. Box you're an idiot.

2. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Didn't everyone and there mom order the iPhone online and have it shipped?

3. Monique27 unregistered

EXACTLY!!! These are just numbers from in-store purchasing...also, these phones were released about a month apart from each other, so of course the iPhone 4 will have a decrease in the number of sales once the Thunderbolt was released....we would have to see the TOTAL number of sales for both phones at the end of the quarter in order to really compare....also, the sample size (150 stores) is too small to be reliable....the real comparison will be when the next iPhone is released and the next 4G Droid....

24. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Don't worry we understand. It's just another story PhoneArena is struggling to put out. Pathetic PhoneArena! Keep your class, goooosh!

20. AppleFUD unregistered

Yeah, that's why the latest comscore showed Android increasing in the US market by 7% and the iPhone by 0.2% The Verizon iPhone came to. . . . well, apparently to do not much.

1. box unregistered

Glad to see that verizon customers aren't swayed by an outdated p.o.s. and are buying in to cutting-edge technology, even if it is a bit buggy/rough yet

7. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

as opposed to buying an up-to-date POS like the Thunderbolt? LOL!

8. box unregistered

For those who didn't understand what I was saying, I'm glad the Thunderbolt is doing well against the ifail. If I were a verizon customer (never ever gonna happen), I'd do the same if I needed a new smartphone right now

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