Did the iPhone 4S Cause the First-Ever Dip in U.S. Smartphone Sales?

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  1. uggboy
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    Did the iPhone 4S Cause the First-Ever Dip in U.S. Smartphone Sales?:eek:

    Smartphone sales slid for the first time in the U.S. last quarter, most likely due to Apple's delay in announcing a new iPhone, analysts agree.

    In a note to clients, Morgan Keegan analyst Tim McCourt said the slowdown impacted not just iPhones, but Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone devices as well.

    Many would-be consumers delayed their purchases for Apple's iPhone announcement, McCourt said, drawing data from Verizon and AT&T earnings reports last week. Similarly, Verizon and Apple blamed sluggish iPhone sales in the past few months on anticipation for the next-generation iPhone.

    Any disappointment with the iPhone 4S has apparently not hurt sales, as Apple said the iPhone 4S was its bestselling phone at launch, ever.

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    I would believe it, it certainly hurt Apple's sales per their quarter numbers last week. With that said, I don't think it stopped people from buying smartphones overall on the year so there is not too much that can be made out of this other than people really like Apple and are smart enough to hold out as oppose to buying a 15-month old phone.
     
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    Likely two things come into play:
    1. The economy sucks (still).
    2. Really, what's new in smartphones? We're fast approaching a time that we must ask "what more can it do?" Sure, there's NFC out there, but all the things that are designed to wow us are becoming things that we expect now.

    Let's face it, we're all spoiled.
     
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    Hopefully spoiled for the better!;)
     
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    I believe many waiting for the "real new" iPhone 5 to come out!;)
     
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    I'm one of them ;) haha. Kidding. I want to sell my iPhone4. I would like to make a switch to an HTC Sensation (XE or XL) until I'm eligible for a phone upgrade with AT&T again. By that time, I'm sure the iPhone5 would have come out. ;)
     
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    Mostly, yes....but it's open to subjective interpretation.
     
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  8. Keep you ear on the street. When everybody has something, it ceases to become "cool." I think this latest generation of iphone will be the last time the iphone will be "it." How about sprint being terrible in terms of data speed on the iphone. Someone posted a video on youtube comparing Verizon vs Sprint vs AT&T side by side. http://adf.ly/3P9Qd Take a guess at who won.
     
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    I think I read Apple and Sprint are working to correct this.

    [From my milePoint enabled iPhone]
     
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    It’s important to remember that analysts (and the media) are paid to publish content, and they are not impacted if the trend they claim is happing never happens.

    If you read the Mac centric website daringfireball.net you will find that analysts and the media regularly make up all sort of outlandish associations/claims which to date Apple has been able to prove untrue.

    Here are some samples - in my quick search all the results were from top media reporters not analysis
    http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/05/20/alsin-claim-chowder
    http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/08/11/dvorak
    http://daringfireball.net/2011/08/anders_bylund
    http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/04/15/thurrott-claim-chowder
    http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/01/18/claim-chowder-ipad-sales-2010
    http://daringfireball.net/linked/2011/01/13/wilcox-claim-chowder
    http://daringfireball.net/2008/10/todays_claim_chowder

    My point being is that you need to take analyst and media comments with the understanding that their job is to say something, even if it is a half-baked idea that may or may not be true.
     
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  11. DenverBrian
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    Take a guess at who wins on cost with unlimited data? :p
     

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