The 3G iPhone now accounts for 17 per cent of the market, second only to Motorola’s RazR2 handset. Before the launch Apple’s market share was 11 per cent.
The survey of over 150,000 consumers also found that 30 per cent of iPhone buyers switched networks to AT&T to get the phone. Verizon Wireless were the biggest losers, with 47 per cent of that figure, with 24 per cent coming from T-Mobile and 19 per cent from Sprint.
“The launch of the lower-priced iPhone 3G was a boon to overall consumer smartphone sales", Ross Rubin, NPD director of industry analysis, said in a statement.
"While the original iPhone also helped win customers for AT&T, the faster network speeds of the iPhone 3G (have) proven more appealing to customers that already had access to a 3G network.” (full story Link)