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  • iPhone 4S Is and Isn't Verizon's Top Selling Smartphone: Who's Right?


    Despite being perhaps only twelve to sixteen weeks away from the release of a new 6th generation iPhone, the last-gen model remains the best selling smartphone in the U.S. across the Verizon network today.

    According to new published reports this week, the onslaught of competitors in the smartphone space - including a challenge from the much-hyped Motorola Droid Razr Maxx - hasn't phased Apple's iPhone. As of this writing, the iPhone 4S remains Verizon's best selling mobile device.

    Of course, that's what Michael Walkley, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity, says. On the other hand, William Blair's Anil Doradla has a different story to tell.

    According to Doradla's channel checks for the June quarter, the iPhone is no longer the No. 1 smartphone at Verizon's retail outlets -- the first time that's happened since the carrier started selling it in February 2011
    Doradla says that the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is now Verizon's top selling device for June. So which analyst is right?

    It's possible, however, that they are both correct. Walkley based his comment on checks conducted in April and May. Doradla's survey covers June.
    "Bottom line," Doradla tells investors, "while we acknowledge the increased competitive landscape from 4G devices (and the iPhone 4S is not 4G), we are not worried [about] Apple conceding its top position in North America any time soon. We believe the anticipated launch of a 4G device from Apple this fall will be an important catalyst for the company as consumers upgrade their phones, and we expect the company to once again maintain its top position at all operators (including Verizon Wireless)."

    Sources: Fortune, Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4S Is and Isn't Verizon's Top Selling Smartphone: Who's Right? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. STM127's Avatar
      STM127 -
      Hard to tell if he was trolling or not.

      Seriously though I think we should count more based on look and technical standards of the phone. There has only been three different form factors of the iPhone. Original -> 3G/3GS brought 3G. 3G/3GS -> 4/4S brought retina, HSPA+, and CDMA. The next iPhone which inevitably will be called the new iPhone (Apple's naming scheme used for their other like Macbook Pro and iPad) will likely bring us a new form factor with 4G capabilities.

      Despite the next generation iPhone technically being the 6th; in reality its only the 3rd time the phone will be something fundamentally different from its predecessor. And "fundamentally different" by Apple standards isn't much. The device sells like hotcakes so why change it too much?
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by STM127 View Post
      Hard to tell if he was trolling or not.

      Seriously though I think we should count more based on look and technical standards of the phone. There has only been three different form factors of the iPhone. Original -> 3G/3GS brought 3G. 3G/3GS -> 4/4S brought retina, HSPA+, and CDMA. The next iPhone which inevitably will be called the new iPhone (Apple's naming scheme used for their other like Macbook Pro and iPad) will likely bring us a new form factor with 4G capabilities.

      Despite the next generation iPhone technically being the 6th; in reality its only the 3rd time the phone will be something fundamentally different from its predecessor. And "fundamentally different" by Apple standards isn't much. The device sells like hotcakes so why change it too much?
      Except the 4 and 4s are totally different. The retina display is really the only thing the same in the phone. They upgraded the processor, camera, made it a world phone, added Siri, added dual switching antennas, and upgraded the sizes of the phone to 64GB. Yes the design may be the same but the phone is totally different than the 4 on the inside.
    1. STM127's Avatar
      STM127 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Except the 4 and 4s are totally different. The retina display is really the only thing the same in the phone. They upgraded the processor, camera, made it a world phone, added Siri, added dual switching antennas, and upgraded the sizes of the phone to 64GB. Yes the design may be the same but the phone is totally different than the 4 on the inside.
      The processor and camera is upgraded in each iteration of the iPhone. Its a crippled world phone. Yes, it does have CMDA and GSM capabilities, but you cannot use the CDMA chip unless you have a CDMA carrier like Verizon or Sprint. Siri is beta software that can be used on any iPhone not just the 4S. So yes the 4S is different on the inside, but not fundamentally(totally) different overall. Screen size, resolution, communication capabilities, form factor, battery life are all essentially the same.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Who freakin cares what the numbers are or how many phones have been out...............this conversation was pointless.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Who freakin cares what the numbers are or how many phones have been out...............this conversation was pointless.
      You're comment was pointless.
    1. budsalinger's Avatar
      budsalinger -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Who freakin cares what the numbers are or how many phones have been out...............this conversation was pointless.
      You are mistaken. This conversation IS pointless.