Top 10 US selling smartphone from Q4 2009

Top 10 US selling smartphone from Q4 2009
Market research analysis firm IDC has released their list of what they believe to be the 10 top selling smartphones in the US during Q4 2009. Since most carriers and manufactures do not disclose their sales numbers, IDC has compiled their list based on information obtained by a variety of sources, including interviews with vendors, operators, component and software suppliers and resellers, as well as press releases, marketing and technical literature, white papers, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, quarterly conference calls, reports published in trade and business journals, end-user surveys, and other sources.

The list from 10th to 1st place is:
10) myTouch 3G from T-Mobile
9) RIM BlackBerry Tour from Alltel, Sprint, US Cellular, and Verizon Wireless
8) Palm Pre from Sprint
7) RIM BlackBerry Storm 9530 & Storm 2 9550 from Verizon Wireless
6) RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000 & 9700 from AT&T and T-Mobile
5) RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8110, 8120, & 8130 from Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and others
4) Apple iPhone 3G from AT&T
3) Motorola DROID from Verizon Wireless
2) Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB & 32GB versions from AT&T
1) RIM BlackBerry Curve 8310, 8320, 8330, 8350i, 8520, 8530 & 8900 from Alltel, AT&T, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Looking over the list shows that BlackBerry has 5 out of 10 spots, while Apple's iPhone platform and Google's Android OS both have 2 spots each, and Palm's webOS has only 1 spot. What's interesting is that none of the top 10 smartphones used the Windows Mobile platform, which we can bet Microsoft is hoping to change with its upcoming Windows Mobile 7.

Are there any other smartphones that you think should have been on the top 10 list? Let us know in the comments section below.

source: fiercewireless



1. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I wonder where the Palm Treos would be if you aggregated them, and had the total sales history? Would be interesting to see data for WM and Palm OS separately and together. If you're going to lump all those Blackberry models as one, then the aggregate would be fair. And while I have nothing against the Berry, how many of those were "chosen" and how many dispensed by employers? How about a separate list for personally purchased, rather than employer provided?

2. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Did IDC even look at the unlocked market when they did this?

3. ILOVEtechnology unregistered

This isn't a fair comparison when Blackberry has a thousand phones on the list. Why don't they compare individual phones, I am sure if google and apple flooded the market with crappy phones than guess who would be on top? I hate BB and its operating system. This is my opinion so don't talking shit! By the way it says Phone NOT Phones,understand what singular and plural mean?

4. Mobile21

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

I'm with you on this exact same thing. I don't understand the love for BB's. I've used them and I have never liked any of them.

5. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

the blackberry curves need to be broken up...the 8300 and the 8500 are completely different phones. the data is also skewed because there are 7 carriers selling the blackberry curve variations. Realistically the top 4 carriers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are the only carriers that matter. As far as phone dispensed by employers they were "chosen" the CFO, IT managers and other decision makers in the company. . .The fact that a particular phone can be adopted buy consumers and professionals is a strength of that particular phone. . .However in reality blackberries are the only phones sales reps can sell because they are "comfortable selling them" (even though 9/10 that rep doesnt know diddly about the phone or any phone in their store, lol)...they are ignorant of windows mobile. If you walk into a store and ask for a windows mobile they always try to suggest a blackberry or a flagship phone (Droid, Hero, iPhone)

11. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Perhaps Windows Mobile wasn't included b/c it is going the direction of the old Palm OS which is becoming a dinosaur. WebOS, Android, Apple have set a new tone with performance...functionality...and visual appeal. Blackberry has rooted itself in being a solid phone for business use and continues to do it or hate it. Now Same boring, sluggish, archaic...yet familiar to use software. Still tryin to hold on to the resistive touchscreen requiring a stylus which is more like "what's the point" nowdays. HTC HD2, HTC Imagio, Omnia I & II, TouchPro I & II eh. Nice hardware...bad software choice. Only semi-saving grace has been TouchFLO 3D but when you get beyond that you get a pretty upsetting reminder of how behind the times Windows continues to be. I've had my share of Windows devices from the MotoQ to the HTC Mogul to the HTC Imagio. Unfortunately the most impressive thing about the Imagio was the physical look and the game Teeter. I'm one of those salesman that if you come in lookin for Windows Mobile I'm pushin you any direction but push is very mediocre...touchscreen responsiveness - forget about it...even the menu setup is pretty gross. It's funny to see that this method works every time...even with the techy smartasses that try to come into a store just to quiz the sales person. Hopefully WinMo 7 (which by the time they decide to release it and it will be time to release Windows 8) learns from Palm and completely overhauls their OS. If not, consider themselves non-existant in the smartphone arena.

6. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

I think if you put the Curves all together you have to put the iPhones together because the iPhones are exactly alike just as the curves are. Just a few differences in the model numbers.

8. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

2) Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB & 32GB versions from AT&T AT&T still sells the 3G and it is excluded...If people are still purchasing Blackberry Pearls I think they are still getting the iPhone 3G for $99.99. Phone Arena has a blackberry store so they skew the data...I know blackberries are a big deal presentation of data can exaggerate results. There are significant design, hardware and software difference between the 8300 and the 8500. There is little variance between the iPhone 3G and 3GS which should be put together. The person that put this survey together had the intention of overstating blackberry's dominance in the market. Including Metro PCS, Alltel and US Cellular also skew the data in this sample.

7. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Wow i guess blackberries rule the world but it isn't really fair they should do it by the brand not the models at lot easier to say apple,motorola,blackberry,nokia, etc. then give examples of at least 2models if any.

9. windtrader

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

What is all the fuss about. Claiming "unfair" is pretty lame. This is just a survey that reports the number of devices put in service during the 3 months of 2009. You can reshape the numbers any way you and and create any statistic to make you "feel good" and make things "fair". IDC is just reporting factual numbers as collected using their methodology. I don't see anything wrong with that. I take away that BB is still very popular, period. iPhone is very impressive given that they operate on a single vendor. It is hard to dispute that it is very popular and a strong selling device, period. DROID is also noteworth that in less than a full quarter it achieved such strong sell through on only one carrier. Again, it is very popular and sold well, period.

10. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009


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