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Apple's 2+ year old iPhone 3GS is still selling strong

Apple's iPhone 3GS may be showing a few grey hairs on its chin (at least in terms of the lifespan of the average smartphone), but it's still a big seller in the United States according to The NDP Group. The market research firm just released its smartphone handset sales figures for the fourth quarter which show that the Apple iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS were the #1 and #2 bestselling smartphones for the third quarter.
Here are the top five smartphones:
  1. Apple iPhone 4
  2. Apple iPhone 3GS
  3. HTC EVO 4G
  4. Motorola Droid 3
  5. Samsung Intensity II
NPD's research also showed that the average selling price for smartphones (on contract) declined to $135 during Q3.

Apple's 8GB iPhone 3GS was selling for $99 with a two-year contract until the launch of the iPhone 4S. Now the phone is available for free with a two-year contract while the 8GB iPhone 4 has moved into the $99 spot.

Source: The NPD Group

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Go figure
By Samus on 11/14/2011 3:24:04 PM , Rating: 5
Who isn't going to take a FREE 3GS. Good marketing move for a still relevent phone. I couldn't ever bring myself to buying a phone without a physical keyboard, but I've still managed to migrate quite a few people away from their Blackberry to the iPhone, and I prefer setting them up with Microsoft Exchange over Blackberry, much simpler.

So basically, I believe a lot of corporate and business users are moving to iPhone, especially since it is tri-carrier now.

RE: Go figure
By bah12 on 11/14/2011 3:55:28 PM , Rating: 1
Agreed. On a related note I think the worst thing MS did was licence Exchange push to Apple. Before that they weren't allowed anywhere near my network, but now they are easy as pie to setup (way easier than crackberries). I'm sure MS is getting some good fees back for it, but I seriously doubt the iPhone would have near the corporate market without Exchange integration. We were a blackberry, WiMo shop before that, but now I easily recommend the iPhone. When my 3 year old can figure out how to use it so can my CEO :)

RE: Go figure
By bjacobson on 11/14/2011 5:10:53 PM , Rating: 2
should they have saved it for their WM7 phones only? Hm...

RE: Go figure
By Camikazi on 11/14/2011 5:39:03 PM , Rating: 2
Probably would have helped them in the corporate level :P

RE: Go figure
By Reclaimer77 on 11/14/2011 9:41:18 PM , Rating: 1
Who isn't going to take a FREE 3GS.

Me :)

RE: Go figure
By kmmatney on 11/15/2011 1:19:50 AM , Rating: 3
It's better than free. Work pays my monthly bill, but I can buy whatever phone I want and keep it if I pay for it myself. I bought a 3GS for $199 when it came out over 2 years ago, and recently sold it for $255, after getting my 4S. And while I like the 4S, I'm really missing the free tethering I had with the old 3GS, and the easy jailgreaking with the old bootrom.

RE: Go figure
By Onimuto on 11/15/2011 10:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
what retard bought a 3gs for $255. And how could you take advantage of a persons ignorance? I dramatically hate people who take advantage of others to the point of physical indiscipling them.

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