(10/06/2008 5:44 PM EDT)
Research In Motion Inc.’s Blackberry Curve and Blackberry Pearl were the second- and third-best selling smartphones in the U.S. between June and August, while Palm Inc.’s Centro placed fourth, according to NPD’s “iPhone 3G Report.”
The average price of a smartphone sold between June and August was $174, down 26 percent from $236 during the same period last year, NPD Group (Port Washington, N.Y.) said.
“The launch of the lower-priced iPhone 3G was a boon to overall consumer smartphone sales,” said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for the NPD Group, in a statement. “While the original iPhone also helped win customers for AT&T, the faster network speeds of the iPhone 3G has proven more appealing to customers that already had access to a 3G network.”
Thirty percent of U.S. consumers who purchased the iPhone 3G from June through August 2008 switched from other mobile carriers to join AT&T, the exclusive mobile carrier for the iPhone in the U.S., according to the “iPhone 3G Report.” Nearly half (47 percent) of new AT&T iPhone customers that switched carriers switched from Verizon Wireless, while 24 percent switched from T-Mobile and 19 percent switched from Sprint, according to the report.