The iPhone 3G replaced the Motorola RAZR as the top-selling consumer handset in the United States, displacing the RAZR from the top spot for the first time in three years, according to the NDP Group.
The other phones that rounded out the top five selling phones in the third quarter were Research In Motion's Blackberry Curve (pic), the LG Rumor (pic) and the LG enV2 (pic). NPD found that despite the average selling price of phones rising 6 percent to $88, the sale of consumer handsets fell 15 percent year-on-year to 32 million units in the quarter.
"We had seen[the iPhone's] popularity rise since the launch of the 3G model at lower prices," said Ross Rubin, the director of industry analysis for NPD. "However, for it to be a device that's selling for a significant premium over the price of average handsets, and to be available only at one of the major carriers in the U.S. is exceptional."
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