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Six percent plan to buy iPhone, according to market research firm

Apple’s iPhone product is one of the most talked about pieces of kit in recent memory, but according to a survey conducted by market research firm Markitecture, the majority of those who know about the iPhone have no plans on buying it.

Markitecture said that it surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,300 people who both owned their own cell phone and were responsible for the monthly payments. 77 percent of respondents were at least slightly familiar with the iPhone, and 41 percent had a good impression of the iPhone based on everything they had seen or heard.

Interestingly, familiarity with the iPhone is positively correlated with overall impression - strength of impression increases dramatically with increased exposure – 83 percent of those very familiar with the iPhone had an excellent or very good impression of the product.

Despite the relatively strong impression overall, six percent of those who were aware of the iPhone said they were likely to buy it within the next year. Two-thirds of the same group said that there was zero chance they would purchase the product.

For some industries, six percent market share is failure, but not so for mobile phones. Markitecture says that the highly successful Motorola RAZR after its launch in 2004 achieved a six percent market share at its peak.

As for reasons for not purchasing the iPhone, the $500-600 cost was cited as the top reason. The second issue was not specific to the iPhone however, as respondents cited carrier issues and/or contracts.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer already has his own forecast on Apple’s cell device, saying to USA Today, “There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It's a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I'd prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.”

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RE: confusing...
By SiliconAddict on 5/2/2007 8:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
How many iPods did Apple sell prior to opening it up to the rest of the market? (Read: Windows) That and only a small handful of iPods have ever cost $600 or even $500 for that matter. Until:

1. Apple sells an unlocked iPhone
2. the iPhone drops into the price range of standard Smartphones.
3. Apple developed a rep for solid hardware. (Name me a absolutely new product that Apple has gone into that hasn't been bug ridden. And the AppleTV doesn't count because its basically a slimmed down PC.)

For me the deal killer is Crapular and the price. Neither of which is making me even consider giving up my WM system.

RE: confusing...
By theapparition on 5/3/2007 7:09:37 AM , Rating: 2
Completely agree.

Out of that 100million iPod's sold, very few were the 399 models. Also, many were re-purchased because the original died.

The iPhone will be a quick seller. Those who want one, will buy it the moment it comes out. Long term sales will be terrible, though. Just my prediction. Take it as you will.

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