IPhone tops mobile shopping lists
A survey shows more than half of consumers plan to buy an Apple phone as their next mobile device.
Sales of Samsung smartphones are expected to top the iPhone by as many as 20 million units in the second quarter. But that will not stop Apple (AAPL) from converting Android users to its iOS mobile platform, a new survey shows.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster asked 400 consumers which phone they planned to purchase next. Some 65% of those surveyed said they expect their next phone to be an iPhone, while 19% planned to buy an Android phone and 6.5% said they would purchase a standard cellular device (read: not a smartphone). About 6% were unsure of their next purchase. But only 2.5% intended to buy a BlackBerry from Research In Motion (RIMM).
While the survey details are significant, there is one catch. According to Forbes staff writer Eric Savitz, more than half of the survey participants (52%) already owned an iPhone. This "makes it clear that for whatever reason, Munster conducted his survey among, well, iConsumers," Savitz concluded. "Maybe he was standing inside an Apple store at the time."
Still, Munster believes that Apple can increase its market share to the low 30% range in just three years.
Not surprisingly, 51% of the people who said they planned to buy an iPhone are waiting for the iPhone 5 to arrive. Munster also said that 94% of iPhone users plan to replace their existing devices with another iPhone. This is critical because the iPhone now accounts for more than 50% of Apple's revenue.
Finally, Munster wanted to know the true consumer value of each iPhone. On average, consumers said that their iPhone was worth $313 versus the subsidized price of $199. Munster speculates that if cellular carriers decided to reduce their hardware subsidies, consumers would continue to buy the iPhone because they already feel that it is worth more than they are currently paying.
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Interesting...I just replaced my iPhone 2 days ago with the new Samsung Galaxy S3 Android...
I have used all of them. Windows phone, Iphone, Android. Hands down the easiest and best phone I have ever used was the android phone. The thing that I like the most about the android phone is no third party software. In short no itunes, no zune. I dont have to pay extra money to get the stuff that I want. I want ringtones. Download a free app. Bingo. I want games, download them for free. All from the market place. You plug your phone into the computer and put stuff on it just like you would a zip drive. Easy peasy. You dont have to plug the phone into your computer to update, put stuff on, or take stuff off. Androids also tend to have larger, easier to read screens. So yea, if your a technofile and you gotta have the iphone go for it. You'll most likly have fun. If you want to grow up and have an adult phone. Use the android.
ps. Windows phones are the next in line. However that Zune crap really brings them down. Well, provided you can get it to work that is.
If you have a cheap LG phone (sorry you fell into your salemans hype) or some other cheap android based phone that is your problem. You get what you pay for. The Galaxy S3 is $200 with a contract and its leaps and bounds better than anything ever put out by Iphone. All those hyping the Iphone 5 will be just as angry as with Iphone 4. They dont add anything new, just a slightly faster cpu and maybe ram. No new features, no kick **** tech etc.
Android is software than runs on hardware people, you cant compare the hardware thats put on a **** phone to a phone itself. Its like putting windows 8 on a pentium 1 cpu with 64mb not GB of ram and saying windows sucks. You cant put top tech on junk hardware.
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