Analyst: iPhone 3GS outselling HTC Inspire, Moto Atrix

According to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley, the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 3GS is selling more units at AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) than the newer, Android-powered HTC Inspire and Motorola Mobility (NYSE:VZ) Atrix.

isuppli top 10 global smartphone vendors first quarter

Click here for iSuppli's top 10 global smartphone vendors in the first quarter.

Walkley, as quoted in AllThingsD, said new Android phones at AT&T like the Inspire and Atrix are cutting into sales of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices like the HTC Surround and the Samsung Focus, but that sales of the $49 iPhone 3GS continue unabated. Apple introduced the iPhone 3GS in 2009, and AT&T dropped the phone's price to $49 after Apple released the iPhone 4 last year. Walkley said the $200 iPhone 4 remains the best-selling smartphone at AT&T--a statement that is not surprising, given AT&T activated a whopping 3.6 million iPhones during its first quarter.

Interestingly, AT&T has leaned on the Atrix and other, newer Android phones in its lineup to blunt the impact of Verizon's release of the CDMA iPhone.

Apple's successes at AT&T, as well as Apple's deal with Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) for a CDMA iPhone, have helped catapult the vendor into the upper rankings of the world's smartphone vendors, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. Apple--the world's second-largest smartphone vendor, according to IHS iSuppli--in the first quarter recorded the highest percentage growth (14.9 percent year over year) among the world's top five smartphone brands. The firm said No. 5-ranked HTC came in at a distant second with 6.2 percent growth.

For more:
- see this AllThingsD article
- see this IHS iSuppli release

Related Articles:
Unscathed by Verizon's iPhone launch, AT&T activates 3.6M iPhones in quarter
Apple outstrips expectations, ships 18.6M iPhones, 4.7M iPads in quarter
IDC: Apple closes in on Nokia as world's largest smartphone vendor