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The iPhone is now America's best selling phone, becoming the first smart phone to top the list. It knocked off Motorola's Razr, which held the top spot for three straight years (12 quarters).  (Source: MSNBC)
The trendy iPhone continues to surpass sales expectations despite its share of problems

Love it or hate it, it’s hard to deny that Apple is the king of brand image.  As the days of the classic iPod wane, the iPhone is quickly assuming its place atop the Apple product line as the king of trendy.

Since its inception, the device has met with mostly rave reviews.  While it frustratingly lacks many seemingly easy-to-implement features, the overall package was and still is, to a large extent, arguably ahead of its competitors in several key categories including the user interface.  The perks led TIME magazine to name it the invention of the year for 2007.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is listed on the iPhone patent as one of the device's inventors, has been thrilled with sales.  He and his company were pleased that the reception for the latest iteration of the device, the iPhone 3G, remained warm despite a number of various problems, including reception issues.

Now the Mr. Jobs has something else to gloat about -- his device has become the best selling phone in America

Days ago, the iPhone passed an important metric, knocking Blackberry off as the top smart phone in terms of customer satisfaction among business users.  Now the phone as achieved an even loftier accolade, dethroning Motorola's Razr as the best-selling phone in America for Q3 2008.

The new data, coming from NPD (the leading wireless research firm), represents the first time in 3 years that the best-selling Razr failed to top the list.

The NPD reports that overall, cell phone sales are down 15 percent.  Despite this and a sagging economy, the iPhone was able to seize the lead.  This also comes despite the fact that the overall iPhone price with the service plan factored in was raised with the release of the iPhone 3G.

Obviously, love it or hate it, the chic iPhone is king of the smartphone jungle for the time being.  RIM, Google and others may try to knock it off, but in the end it is Apple that did what these competitors could not -- make the first smartphone to become the best selling cell phone in America.



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RE: but..
By othercents on 11/10/2008 5:49:07 PM , Rating: 1
No they are not dominating all phones sold, but hell how can you compete with all those 80+ year old people who purchased phones 5 years ago and still use them today? BTW. they are all Nokia.

However the number of phones sold and them being able to be on the top of the market with only ATT selling the phone is surprising. I saw many people say that the iPhone wouldn't sell that well because no one wanted to use ATT. I guess more than a few people didn't care if it was ATT and only wanted the phone.

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RE: but..
By Targon on 11/11/2008 8:51:02 AM , Rating: 3
When you compare sales to sales, you CAN compare. The sales figures do not take the existing phones into account.

Motorolla and LG really are showing up out there a LOT these days, Nokia is also there but isn't nearly as dominant as they once were.

Now, there is always the "cool" factor, but if you look at the competition, it won't be long before there is a product that will beat the iPhone. It is even possible that an Android based phone will really make a big splash, or even a Palm phone once NOVA comes out.


RE: but..
By Quiescent on 11/12/2008 3:38:50 AM , Rating: 3
Pffft. Screw that, I'm getting a G1. I have been waiting for this badboy! And no, not people 80+ years old are buying Nokia phones anyways. They usually just get the freebies. While young, fresh, and hippidy hoppidy people, who are smart, are getting phones that may not be popular but functionality is what they're looking for, and they know that by going with Nokia, they don't have to worry whether Steve Jobs thinks the software they want isn't what they really want.


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