Not only that, and far better for AT&T, 30% of iPhone 3G buyers switched from other carriers to AT&T during the period of June to August 2008. Of those "switchers," 47% switched from Verizon Wireless, another 24% switched from T-Mobile, and 19% switched from Sprint.
In the NPD's Monday press release, Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for The NPD Group said:
"The launch of the lower-priced iPhone 3G was a boon to overall consumer smartphone sales. While the original iPhone also helped win customers for AT&T, the faster network speeds of the iPhone 3G has proven more appealing to customers that already had access to a 3G network."Sheesh, I think they should have a study to determine how many people were screaming over the lousy 3G service, but anyway ...
Further, the report stated that the average price of a smartphone sold between June and August 2008 was $174, down 26% from $236 during the same period last year.
And from June to August 2008, the top four best-selling smartphones based on unit-sales to consumers were:
- Apple iPhone 3G
- RIM Blackberry Curve
- RIM Blackberry Pearl
- Palm Centro