Apple's iPhone 3G topped the sales charts in the third quarter, according to market research group NPD.
The hot, new phone, which went on sale in July, displaced Motorola's Razr as the most purchased handset among consumers, NPD added.
Motorola's Razr, first introduced in 2004, has been the No. 1 ranked handset for 12 straight quarters. According to NPD, the Razr V3 fell to second place behind the iPhone 3G. RIM BlackBerry Curve was third; LG Rumor was fourth; and the LG enV2 came in fifth.
Since the original iPhone was launched over a year ago, the industry has been buzzing about its sleek button-less design and advanced Web surfing capabilities. Many industry experts have gone so far as to say that the phone has revolutionized the cell phone market. It certainly has lit a fire under many of its competitors, which have been scrambling to come out with cool, touch-screen smartphones of their own.
Even though the first iPhone proved popular, it appears that the new version of the phone, which supports 3G network speeds, is even more popular. For its fiscal fourth quarter, Apple reported it had sold 6.9 million iPhones, more than it sold during all previous quarters combined. As a result, the company easily met its goal of selling more than 10 million during calendar year 2008.
One of the biggest drivers for the new iPhone is likely the price tag. AT&T, the exclusive carrier in the U.S. for the iPhone, is offering it for $200 with a two-year contract. This price tag seems to be hitting a sweet spot for customers.… Read more