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Apple iPhone market report released

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Tuesday, October 16th 2007 - 22:50 CEST - Comments: 0
A ccording to a new market report from The NPD Group early buyers demonstrate that the Apple iPhone is managing to bridge the gap between content-focused feature phones and productivity-focused smartphones. NPD’s iPhone Report is a top-line view of initial buyers of the Apple iPhone, which provides insight into how Apple’s entry into the market is affecting mobile phone product sales among consumers in the United States.
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Competitive with smartphones
"The iPhone's Internet and media capabilities have resonated with consumers - especially those who previously owned Treos and Sidekicks," said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis at NPD. "Its advanced operating system makes it competitive with smartphones for many tasks, while its sleek design and lack of expandability is reminiscent of fashion phones."


Apple iPhone buyers
Initial Apple iPhone buyers were 10 times more likely than other new phone buyers to have previously owned a Treo and three times more likely to have owned a T-Mobile branded phone, such as the popular Sidekick model. Both the Treo and the Sidekick offer a physical keypad - something the iPhone, with its touch screen-based interface, does not. In contrast, iPhone buyers were no more likely than the average buyer to have previously owned a Blackberry. "The iPhone's lack of corporate email support appears to make it less appetizing to current Blackberry owners," Rubin said.


iPhone carrier
When it comes to carrier switching, Alltel and T-Mobile took the biggest hit from Apple and AT&T's iPhone marketing juggernaut. Consumers who switched carriers to buy an iPhone were three times more likely to switch from Alltel or T-Mobile than from other carriers. Sprint and Verizon also lost customers to AT&T and the iPhone, but not nearly to the same degree, due to their existing over-the-air (OTA) music offerings, rich video and data services and 3G networks already in place. For more information contact The NPD Group.

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