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Curve blows past iPhone, others, in September sales

updated 05:25 pm EDT, Thu October 16, 2008

Survey shows top 10 phones

A list that ranks the 10 most popular handsets in the United States for September has been released recently. The list, compiled by Avian Research, is based on the firm's Monthly Retail Store Survey that polls 100 service reps at retail stores of the four major wireless providers, reveals some unsurprising trends, including the domination of Research In Motion products. The BlackBerry Curve is far and away the most popular handset, holding down the top spot since May. Back in April, the BlackBerry Pearl was at number one.

The research firm did note the Curve's current 16.9 percetn lead over next-best, the Apple iPhone 3G, was helped by a promotion at Sprint Nextel stores that priced the smartphone at $100. Apple's iPod sales, meantime, while still strong enough to earn it a second spot, have leveled off, Avian notes. While the Curve appeared to beat the iPhone soundly in the September survey, NPD statistics for the past quarter suggest Apple will have outperformed the BlackBerry and all other smartphones in the US during the summer.

Apart from these particulars, it is interesting to note that five of the 10 devices are smartphones and four of them are equipped with a touchscreen; both good indications at the undoubted popularity of the T-Mobile G1 when it makes its full-on debut next week.

RIM Blackberry Curve 26.1%
Apple iPhone 9.2%
LG Dare 7.9%
RIM Blackberry Pearl 6.6%
LG Voyager 6.5%
Samsung Instinct 5.8%
LG Rumor 5%
LG Shine 3.5%
Palm Centro 2.9%
Nokia 5310 2.5%

[via RCR Wireless]

By Electronista Staff


  1. jhawk95

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

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    Apple's "iPod" sales probably blew the Blackberry Curve into oblivion since the iPod is not a phone and Apple probably sold about 15 Million of them last quarter.

    Apple's "iPhone" on the other hand, may have been beat by them underpricing the iPhone and by the fact that it is available on multiple carriers and was practically given away to Sprint customers who are too stupid to leave Sprint.

    Please edit your articles... an iPod is not an iPhone.

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999


    Missing data

    These sales estimates completely ignore the fact that many iPhones are sold at Apple Stores. I suspect the Curve's lead is significantly less.

  1. dimmer

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    Joined: Feb 2006



    How many AT&T retail stores were in the sample? How many Apple retail stores? Sounds like a bad conclusion borrowed from poor data. Did RIM fund this 'study'?

  1. Alfiejr

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    Joined: Aug 2008


    Total c***!

    ... Apple retail stores sales not surveyed.
    ... Apple on-line sales not surveyed.
    ... Best Buy sales not surveyed.

    why does Macnn post anything about this garbage survey? come on, guys, use your brains and edit your site professionally. you can't be this hard up for material. this is slummin'.

  1. legacyb4

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    Joined: May 2001


    go leave your feedback

  1. UberFu

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    Joined: Oct 2002


    missing stats.....

    what did this firm do - call 1 Apple Store and 1 AT&T Store to confirm the presence of an iPhone then ask the AT&T Rep about the curve - then call Alltel and Sprint and Verizon and T-Mobile stores for the other 98 spots.

    I guess I should be happy theu at least tried to compare the iPhone to a single product instead of the competitions complete line up.

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