Apple's iPhone is top-seller at 58% of AT&T, Verizon stores

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A new survey has found Apple's iPhone is the top-selling handset at 58 percent of responding AT&T and Verizon stores.



According to BTIG Research (via AllThingsD), the iPhone is also tied for first with an Android device at an additional 20 percent of Verizon and AT&T locations. To conduct the survey, BTIG called 250 stores around the U.S. over the past three weeks.



The iPhone was most dominant at AT&T, where 65 percent of stores said the device was their strongest selling phone. 31 percent of stores responded that Android was their best selling phone, with an additional 2 percent indicating that the iPhone and Android were tied. BlackBerry was the top-seller at just 2 percent of stores and only 1 percent of stores said a Windows Phone device was their top seller.



?At AT&T, there were actually a handful of stores that mentioned a BlackBerry and a Windows Phone as the top seller in their store. We never got that response from any of the Verizon stores, which have dated versions of the BlackBerry,? said BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk.



At Verizon wireless, 51 percent of responding stores said their iPhone was the best-selling device. Another 38 percent said iPhone and Android were tied, and 11 percent said a 4G LTE Android phone performed better.







The iPhone 4 arrived on Verizon in February as the largest device launch in the carrier's history. Analysts suspect, however, that the launch was partially muted because customers hoping to switch are either locked in contracts or waiting for a new iPhone model.



According to a report earlier this month, HTC could briefly take the top spot on AT&T and Verizon this summer before Apple launches the iPhone 5. The handset manufacturer's Thunderbolt and Inspire 4G models are said to be the second most popular handsets at Verizon and AT&T respectively, behind only the iPhone 4. It has been suggested that Apple may have given the rival manufacturer a window of opportunity by not introducing a new iPhone in June as it has in years past.



Last month, retail checks by Canaccord Guenuity found that the iPhone 3GS and first-generation iPad continue to outsell some newer Android products. Some AT&T stores reported that the $49 Phone 3GS outsold newer handsets such as the HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix.



Apple had record sales of 18.65 million iPhones last quarter, buoyed in part by 2.2 million iPhone sales on the Verizon network.
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  • Reply 1 of 107
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    ?At AT&T, there were actually a handful of stores that mentioned a BlackBerry and a Windows Phone as the top seller in their store..."



    They forgot to mention that the margin of error for the survey was "a handful of stores."
  • Reply 2 of 107
    neosumneosum Posts: 111member
    It's just something to read when we're bored. These numbers don't mean anything and won't affect ios or android's success. Ultimately, only apple, htc, samsung, etc., knows how many phones they've sold. Any report elsewhere is just for kicks.



    As an apple share holder since they were below $100, I'm on the fence whether to sell and claim my winnings or continue to ride it just a bit longer. My gut feelings tell me to wait awhile longer.
  • Reply 3 of 107
    nairbnairb Posts: 253member
    The good thing here is we are not talking about iPhone v’s all android, we are talking about iPhone v’s a single phone from a single make (per comparison).



    From allthingsd.com



    Quote:

    Of the Verizon stores surveyed, 51 percent said the iPhone was their top-seller and an additional 38 percent said it was tied for first with a rival Android device, typically the Samsung Droid Charge or the HTC Thunderbolt.



    This is great news for HTC, Samsung and android in general. Just going from strength to strength.
  • Reply 4 of 107
    granmastakgranmastak Posts: 298member
    As more and more people have their upgrade eligibility come up, they buy iPhones, then their friends see it and they do the same. RIM is losing more of a share than android, but at least those new converts go to iOS vs android. Enterprises too are replacing blackberries for iPhones around here.



    ....and since iPhones will be available on all carriers soon, the surge will be even higher.
  • Reply 5 of 107
    mac.worldmac.world Posts: 340member
    I anticipate a steady drop in Android marketshare upon the release of iOS5 and iPhone 5, aided by the addition of Sprint and T-Mobile carrying the phone... until iPhone hits its saturation point.
  • Reply 6 of 107
    ankleskaterankleskater Posts: 1,287member
    It's interesting that the comparison is longer iOS vs. Android. In other words, the world is conceding that Android has won the OS war.



    Now it's device against device. It's great the iPhone is mostly tops. But the fact that it's neck-and-neck against Samsung Charge or HTC Thunderbolt is a sign to rejoice for the latter two, not for Apple.



    I think this survey is the harbinger of trouble for the iPhone line. IPhone 5 has to be a major renewal and not just a faster phone with iOS 5 as the killer feature. While software should be what counts, most consumers will not buy based on that because they cannot fully appreciate the software while comparing one phone against another. Furthermore, Android can outpace iOS 5 with their next release. So, the hardware of iP5 must be compelling. Must. http://bit.ly/kNsy4V
  • Reply 7 of 107
    nairbnairb Posts: 253member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ankleskater View Post


    It's interesting that the comparison is longer iOS vs. Android. In other words, the world is conceding that Android has won the OS war.



    Now it's device against device. It's great the iPhone is mostly tops. But the fact that it's neck-and-neck against Samsung Charge or HTC Thunderbolt is a sign to rejoice for the latter two, not for Apple.



    I think this survey is the harbinger of trouble for the iPhone line. IPhone 5 has to be a major renewal and not just a faster phone with iOS 5 as the killer feature. While software should be what counts, most consumers will not buy based on that because they cannot fully appreciate the software while comparing one phone against another. Furthermore, Android can outpace iOS 5 with their next release. So, the hardware of iP5 must be compelling. Must. http://bit.ly/kNsy4V



    IMO iPhone 5 will surge like all past releases, then lose big time to android. What apple need is a cheaper alternative. If rumours of two iPhones are true, then we may see some very interesting changes in the next 12 months. There are a lot of people who are put off iPhone because of price. With android they can go for a high end, mid range and low end phone (personally cant imagine apple ever releasing a low end phone)



    Further good news for Android is most java patent claims by oracle have been thrown out, and the judge in the Amazon "appstore" case indicated that apple will "probably" lose the case.
  • Reply 8 of 107
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member
    The headline should read "Samsung and HTC outselling iPhones in 1/3 of the stores" http://bit.ly/j93Lfk
  • Reply 9 of 107
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Amazing any year old device is outselling any new device coming to market .The next iPhone will likely wipe the floor with its competitors, especially on Verizon.
  • Reply 10 of 107
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,228member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ankleskater View Post


    It's interesting that the comparison is longer iOS vs. Android. In other words, the world is conceding that Android has won the OS war.



    Now it's device against device. It's great the iPhone is mostly tops. But the fact that it's neck-and-neck against Samsung Charge or HTC Thunderbolt is a sign to rejoice for the latter two, not for Apple.



    I think this survey is the harbinger of trouble for the iPhone line. IPhone 5 has to be a major renewal and not just a faster phone with iOS 5 as the killer feature. While software should be what counts, most consumers will not buy based on that because they cannot fully appreciate the software while comparing one phone against another. Furthermore, Android can outpace iOS 5 with their next release. So, the hardware of iP5 must be compelling. Must. http://bit.ly/kNsy4V



    No one makes money off Android (except perhaps the carriers). The chase for market share is a fool's game.
  • Reply 11 of 107
    Initially there was a degree of notoriety in owning an iPhone. Now it seems everyone has one. Not because they are seeking notoriety, but because the iPhone is among the greatest products ever brought to market.
  • Reply 12 of 107
    larryvlarryv Posts: 23member
    This is a SINGLE device we are talking about. A single android device vs. iPhone 4. And 38% of Verizon stores and 31% of AT&T stores said a SINGLE Android device is outselling the iPhone 4. WOW. That would have been unheard of a year ago. And when you add the many android devices for sale at these stores, it is no wonder that Android is outselling the iPhone by 3 to 1.
  • Reply 13 of 107
    larryvlarryv Posts: 23member
    When did the comparison become a SINGLE Android device vs. the iPhone 4. Everyone knows that the Android ecosystem has MANY devices. So it would have been better to ask the stores not what is their best SINGLE selling phone, but in totality, which ecosystem is selling best. But then again we already know that answer from IDN and Canalys and Gartner and Nielsen and Comscore as they all show Android is outselling iOS by more than 2:1 and close to 3:1
  • Reply 14 of 107
    cloudgazercloudgazer Posts: 2,161member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LarryV View Post


    When did the comparison become a SINGLE Android device vs. the iPhone 4. Everyone knows that the Android ecosystem has MANY devices. So it would have been better to ask the stores not what is their best SINGLE selling phone, but in totality, which ecosystem is selling best. But then again we already know that answer from IDN and Canalys and Gartner and Nielsen and Comscore as they all show Android is outselling iOS by more than 2:1 and close to 3:1



    Sure, of course if we compare the iOS ecosystem with the android ecosystem rather than comparing it to just the phones, then iOS is ahead.



    Apple hit 200mil iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) in Jun, Google hit 100mil in Mayl
  • Reply 15 of 107
    cloudgazercloudgazer Posts: 2,161member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Nairb View Post


    What apple need is a cheaper alternative.



    It has one, the 3GS.
  • Reply 16 of 107
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,228member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LarryV View Post


    When did the comparison become a SINGLE Android device vs. the iPhone 4. Everyone knows that the Android ecosystem has MANY devices.



    For as long as I can remember.



    If you want to compare the 'ecosystem' then the fair comparison would be to iOS. Even though not relevant to this survey, we know what those numbers are like..... And, Apple actually makes a ton of money off those things too, which you can't say for Android.
  • Reply 17 of 107
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    No one makes money off Android (except perhaps the carriers). The chase for market share is a fool's game.



    Really? Someone should tell the HTC and Samsung accountants they have got their numbers all wrong. HTC made a profit of $0.5B in the Q4 of 2010 alone. I'd love to be a fool in that game. Many, many companies are making money off Android, although not as nearly as much as Apple making money off iDevices.
  • Reply 18 of 107
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    For as long as I can remember.



    If you want to compare the 'ecosystem' then the fair comparison would be to iOS. Even though not relevant to this survey, we know what those numbers are like..... And, Apple actually makes a ton of money off those things too, which you can't say for Android.



    Will people stop saying Android is not making money? Just because Apple is making the most profits does not mean everyone is losing their shirts. Gawd, get your facts right and I'm not talking about reading each other's comments, or Gruber's "somewhat" biased blog.
  • Reply 19 of 107
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cloudgazer View Post


    It has one, the 3GS.



    That's not enough. If they are serious about competition and not just owning the high end sector (which of course is quite profitable), they need to have two different phones, with different but equally compelling feature sets, released at different times of the year. Once upon a time, the iPod and the Nano were released at different times. But they wrapped up that market and could simplify product release schedules, particularly to make room in the calendar for other products. The iPhone is in a far more competitive market. So they don't just need more than one phone, they need to release them at different times so that the iPhone line is constantly in people's mind. Even if iOS is truly superior in every way (which it is not), one phone will be beat them all.
  • Reply 20 of 107
    jcozjcoz Posts: 251member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by stelligent View Post


    Really? Someone should tell the HTC and Samsung accountants they have got their numbers all wrong. HTC made a profit of $0.5B in the Q4 of 2010 alone. I'd love to be a fool in that game. Many, many companies are making money off Android, although not as nearly as much as Apple making money off iDevices.



    I wouldn't say "Many, many", I would say "Some"...are making good profits from Android.



    Of course, pending royalties that will very likely be owed to Nokia will cut into that, and if Oracle wins vs Android then we may end up seeing a much reduced profitiability for those manufacturers.



    This leaves out the possibilities of Apples iphone patents requiring additional royalties on top of these cases, as I am unsure of how realistic those are of being upheld.



    Either way, I think the chances that profits for android phone manufacturers are going to take a significant hit are very high.
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