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Moto RAZR outselling iPhone 3G in US

updated 11:15 am EDT, Wed October 8, 2008

RAZR Still Outsells iPhone

Despite four years on the market, Motorola's RAZR V3 is still the best-selling cellphone in the US, the NPD Group says. While exact market share isn't published, the researchers put the clamshell design above the second-place iPhone 3G as well as the BlackBerry Curve, LG Chocolate and BlackBerry Pearl in the top five. The RAZR earns its position primarily through its sheer availability, as the device sells through nearly all major and minor carriers in the US and is often available for free or at a low price on a contract.

Regardless, the RAZR isn't necessarily the most successful device for Motorola, which now makes very little from each RAZR sale and has failed to develop a strong-selling replacement, including its direct sequel.

The iPhone 3G's success is assigned in part to the subsidies that dropped its price but are largely credited by NPD to the phone itself, which it says "opened consumers' eyes" to mobile web browsing. Other phones are often sold based on the addition of carrier-specific services and software that Apple insists on keeping away from its own devices.

The study also suggests that Verizon may have felt more of the impact of the iPhone with its second-year update. Although less than 15 percent of iPhone buyers switched from Verizon, the sharp increase in sales of Apple's device have resulted in more customers leaving Verizon than did for the original iPhone.

RIM's Curve and Pearl were both helped along by bringing smartphone features to home users and by launching with most carriers in the US. The LG Chocolate is the only carrier-exclusive phone besides the iPhone in the list and is touted as reaching its fourth-place rank through shrewd marketing by Verizon, which considers it a halo model for its V CAST Music store.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. dliup

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    +7

    LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

    Wow, how smart. Compare a FREE craptastic phone with an high end phone?

    McDonalds sells more food than your favorite gourmet restaurant! Stop the presses!!! That means McDonalds has the best quality food! (not!).

    Jeez, what is it with the decrease in IQ in this country?

  1. bobolicious

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    Joined: Aug 2002

    +2

    I bought one...

    ...and aside from being 1/6 the price the only thing that worked well for me was straight dial calling - it didn't even have a standard headphone jack and the address book seemed unusable - the phone went back within 24 hours & I would submit it serves an entirely different market than a Smartphone, and may be an unfair comparison...

  1. tomodachi

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    +6

    The news here

    Should be, rather, that the iPhone is the 2nd best selling phone on the market, if this is actually true. Thats unbelievable that it can do so well competing with all the other freephones out there.

  1. JuanGuapo

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    +1

    I had 3 of these

    Each one died....never dropped, drowned, or abused. The last one decided it would stop making calls altogether. After 3 exchanges, my carrier at the time (T-Mobile) gave me a Nokia which is now my backup for my iPhone.

    I hate the RAZR V3....

  1. Mr. Strat

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    0

    No problems here

    I like my D&G RAZR well enough, but can't wait until Oct. 22 when my TMO G1 shows up.

  1. dynsight

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    +2

    Not a good comparison

    These are not same thing. Smart phones are like mini computers...so this is like comparing calculators to computers, bicycles to cars, Windows computers to Apple Computers, Canoe to a Yacht...

  1. Guest

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    +1

    are you serious ?

    I canīt believe electronista could post something like this. I have a new one if you are short of contributions "timex watches outselling atomic watches"

  1. Guest

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    are you serious ?

    I canīt believe electronista could post something like this. I have a new one if you are short of contributions "timex watches outselling atomic watches"

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

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    are you serious ?

    I canīt believe electronista could post something like this. I have a new one if you are short of contributions "timex watches outselling atomic watches"

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999

    0

    I had a RAZr...

    for less than a week. Complete garbage.

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