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.
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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.
- see this AllThingsD article
- see this IHS iSuppli release
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