Today, a market research company released its reaction to 2011’s 3rd quarter. According to its observation, the average amount paid towards a handset on contract has dropped, meaning more people are opting for handsets below $200. That being said, Apple still comes out on top, with the two best selling handsets of the quarter. The iPhone 4 and 3GS claimed first and second place with a handful of Android devices completing the top 5. What’s surprising to me is that although the 3GS is only available on one carrier, and has been around for over two years it’s still in second place. To top it off, it’s just a slightly faster version of the iPhone 3G. The form factor, design, and display are all almost 3 years old. The iPhone 4 – being the most recent at the time – was the top handset.
With the iPhone 3GS and 4 dropping in price when the 4S was launched, it will be interesting to see if Apple can take the top 3 spots for the last quarter of the year. The 3GS is now available for free, with the iPhone 4 costing $99 on a two-year plan. Both are now available in 8GB storage capacity only. (Full press release below).
“As Smartphone Prices Fall, Retailers Are Leaving Money on the Table, According to The NPD Group
PORT WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, November 14, 2011 — According to The NPD Group, a leading market research company, the share of mobile phone handset sales that are smartphones continues to climb. The share of U.S. mobile handset sales that were smartphones reached 59 percent in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011, an increase of 13 percentage points since Q3 of 2010. Based on the latest data from NPD’s monthly Mobile Phone Track service, average selling prices for smartphones have declined for four consecutive quarters, reaching $135 in Q3.
According to NPD’s new Smartphone Track service, prices are falling even though many consumers originally considered paying more. Among U.S. consumers who considered purchasing phones in the $200 to $250 price range, 64 percent ended up purchasing a phone for less than $200. Led by continued steady sales for Apple’s iPhones, the top five best-selling mobile phone handsets in Q3 were as follows:
- Apple iPhone 4
- Apple iPhone 3GS
- HTC EVO 4G
- Motorola Droid 3
- Samsung Intensity II
“Even as smartphone prices continue to decline, the accessory attachment rates for smartphones in Q3 was unchanged since last year,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. “This indicates further opportunity for retailers to improve revenue numbers by focusing marketing efforts on selling more accessories.” The top U.S. mobile accessories brands in Q3 were Zagg, Otter Products, Just Wireless, Motorola, and Incase Designs.
Information this press release is from “Mobile Phone Track” and “Smartphone Track,” both of which report on the activities of U.S. consumers, age 18 and older, who reported purchasing a mobile phone or smartphone. NPD does not track corporate/enterprise mobile phone purchases.”