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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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Few observations
By nafhan on 11/14/2011 4:39:32 PM , Rating: 3
1. Generally, the numbers aren't surprising given data on iOS usage. There are three phones being sold that run iOS and they've got the same name across all the carriers. Other companies seem to feel the need to rename the same phone for different carriers.
2. This means a lot of iPhone devs are going to continue to target the 3GS as a baseline.
3. Samsung Intensity isn't really a smartphone in the usual sense. It looks like Verizon doesn't even require you to get a smartphone data plan with it.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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