12/17/2010 10:18:00 AM
iPhone 4 leads Christmas sales
Apple is selling around 38,000 iPhone 4 contracts per week in the run up to Christmas – nearly double that of its closest competitor, RIM’s BlackBerry.
According to figures seen by Mobile, the iPhone 4 16G has secured the number one slot for at least the past five weeks, taking a 14.7% share of contract sales.
It is followed by RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 8520, which is selling around 22,000 units a week.
Apple’s iPhone 3GS 8G handset, targeted at consumers on a slightly lower budget, is still proving popular, coming in at third place for sales in week 47.
Meanwhile, Nokia’s N8 has proved to be a surprise hit, taking the number four position with 4.7% of contract sales or 14,000 units per week at the end of November. According to sources, the manufacturer’s flagship handset had a spike in sales in week 43 that saw it briefly move up to third position, but it later dropped back down.
Nokia will be placing its bets on its N8 device after facing criticism for falling behind RIM and Apple’s smartphones. The manufacturer’s Symbian-powered E7 has been delayed until early 2011, missing the crucial Christmas trading period.
HTC is also performing well, with its Wildfire handset taking 4.7% of sales and the number five slot. It is followed by the BlackBerry 9300 Curve (4.2%), the BlackBerry Torch 9800 (4.2%), HTC’s Desire (3.4%), Samsung’s Galaxy S (3.3%) and the HTC Desire HD (3.1%).
A retail source said: ‘Apple will have by far the most sales by year-end but BlackBerry isn’t far behind.’
Meanwhile, retail staffers indicated that Android was ‘doing very well’ in terms of prepay sales.