Samsung continues its dominance of the UK handset market as new charts show that consumers are opting for lower priced devices.
Price comparison site uSwitch's Mobile Tracker chart, which lists handsets according to sales figures and web searches, placed three Samsung handsets in the top six bestsellers. The Galaxy S III remains in the top spot for the second month in a row.
Consumers' preference for low-cost deals has seen the Nokia Lumia 800 re-enter the top 10 at number eight. It is the Windows Phone handset's first appearance in the chart since February. The device has been priced aggressively in recent months, with some retailers offering it for as little as £15 per month. HTC's One X and One S are also in the top 10, thanks to deals starting from as low as £7.50 per month.
Apple's iPhone 4 was the biggest loser in the June chart, falling two places to number nine. Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, said: 'Samsung is clearly flavour of the month for smartphone consumers, and after its launch in May the excitement surrounding its Galaxy S III has not yet died down. And now that supply chain problems during launch have been solved, the phone's place as a top seller has been cemented for a second month.
'The enduring popularity of the iPhone 4S is undeniable - it remains the UK’s second biggest selling phone for June. However, buzz following details regarding the iOS 6 software update actually saw interest in the 4S wane, with consumers sitting tight in anticipation for the inevitable smartphone sequel.'
The top 10 for June
1. Samsung Galaxy S III (No change)
2. Apple iPhone 4S 16GB (No change)
3. Samsung Galaxy S II (No movement)
4. HTC One X (No movement)
5. Samsung Galaxy Ace (No movement)
6. Samsung Galaxy Note (No movement)
7. HTC One S (Up one place)
8. Nokia Lumia 800 (Re-entry)
9. Apple iPhone 4 16GB (Down two places)
10. Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB (Re-entry)
Editor: Graeme Neill