Apple’s iPhone 4 16GB was the number one contract handset during the seventh week of this year, taking 17.4% of the operator market.
The device sold between 32,000 to 40,000 units per week from week 52 of last year through to week seven of this year, according to figures seen by Mobile.
This was nearly double that of its closest competitor, the BlackBerry Curve 8520, which had a 7.3% share in week seven (13 February) and sold up to 22,000 handsets per week during the seven-week period.
The BlackBerry Torch was the third best selling handset in the seventh week of 2011, with 6.7% of sales. The next seven in the top 10 were HTC’s Wildfire, the BlackBerry Curve 9300, the HTC Desire, the iPhone 3GS, the Samsung Galaxy S, HTC’s Desire HD and the BlackBerry Bold.
However, RIM was the leading manufacturer in terms of sales, with four of its handsets in the top ten and up to 48,000 BlackBerry handsets sold per week during the first seven weeks of 2011.
In December, Mobile revealed that Apple was selling around 38,000 iPhone 4 contracts per week in the run up to Christmas, taking the number one slot for five weeks and grabbing a 14.7% share of contract sales.
Meanwhile, Nokia’s N8 has fallen out of the top 10 since Christmas, despite proving 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.
At the time Mobile went to press, it was understood that Apple was preparing to unveil its iPad 2 and possibly a ‘mini iPhone’, at a press conference.