Merrill Lynch has gone the extra mile to determine that the Motorola RAZR is still dominating U.S. handset sales. The financial analyst firm visited 80 stores in four U.S. regions and concluded that the RAZR was the top seller at Cingular, T-Mobile and Verizon. At Sprint Nextel, which decided not to offer the phone, the top seller was the Samsung a900, better known as "The Blade," which Sprint says is a better phone than the RAZR. Merrill Lynch is maintaining its estimates for handset sales in the first quarter. Both Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel are expected to add 1.6 million customers each in the first quarter, with Cingular picking up 1.2 million and T-Mobile around 950,000 new customers.
Figures released today from Telephia, which tracks key industry performance, shows that the Motorola RAZR posted higher market share in Europe during the first quarter, with a 6.2 percent share or nearly 5.3 million mobile consumers who bought a wireless device during the last three months purchasing a RAZR. This is up from RAZR's 3.1 percent share secured in the third quarter 2005. The RAZR claimed a 6.1 percent share in the U.S. for the first quarter.