Analyst: iPhone Trumps Competition at AT&T, Verizon

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AAPL stock chartDespite the popularity of Android-based smartphones, Apple’s iPhone 4 and even the older iPhone 3GS are outselling the competition at AT&T and Verizon, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. The iPhone 4 is the top selling smartphone for both carriers, and some Android phones are having trouble competing with the older version of the combination iPod and smartphone.

“Our AT&T checks indicated the $49 iPhone 3GS outsold the new HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix Android smartphones at several stores,” Mr. Walkley said.

He added, “Our checks indicated continued strong sales of the iPhone 4, as it remained by far the top selling smartphone at AT&T and Verizon.”

Despite the steady stream of new devices running Android, Apple’s older products still seem to be more popular with customers. 

“Interestingly, our April checks indicated continued strong demand for the iPhone 3GS at AT&T and iPad 1 at Verizon, as these older generation products with reduced prices often outsold new Android products,” Mr. Walkley said. “We believe this highlights Apple’s significant competitive advantage, and these older products help Apple offer a tiered pricing strategy at key channels and the older Apple products are still very competitive versus new competitor products.

Based on his research, Mr. Walkley says Apple’s iPhone 4 is the top selling smartphone for both AT&T and Verizon.

Despite Apple’s strong position in the smartphone market, Google’s Android is still growing, and that growth seems to be coming at Microsoft’s expense. “At AT&T, our checks indicated new Android smartphones primarily gained share from Windows 7 smartphones but not from the iPhone,” he said.

Apple’s iPad seems to be performing well, too. “Our checks indicated the iPad remains the best selling tablet versus very modest sales of competing products such as the RIM PlayBook and the Motorola XOOM,” Mr. Walkley said. “Longer term, we believe Apple’s ramping iOS ecosystem will lead to a strong replacement sales cycle, and this should help drive strong longer term earnings growth.”

Mr. Walkley has a “Buy” rating and US$480 target price for Apple’s stock. Apple is currently trading at $347.57, up 0.91 (0.26%).

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4 Comments

daemon

Old news is old…. Verizon and AT&T responded to this analyst’s claims last week.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215603/Verizon_AT_T_pleased_with_Xoom_Atrix_despite_analyst_concerns?taxonomyId=15

RonMacGuy

“The iPhone 4 is the top selling smartphone for both carriers…”

“Despite the steady stream of new devices running Android, Apple?s older products still seem to be more popular with customers.”

Walled Garden!!  Walled Garden!!

I give up.  Never mind!!

grin

wab95

Old news is old?. Verizon and AT&T responded to this analyst?s claims last week.

Or simply inconclusive news, as your link suggests, “Another interpretation of Verizon’s and AT&T’s positive comments on the Xoom and the Atrix, analysts added, is that the carriers had set low sales expectations for the devices.”

As ever, there are more opinions than there are analysts. What we need are hard data. I for one will am less interested in current handset movement than I am in post-iPhone 5 market effects. Contract lock-ins and next gen holdouts make current sales trends difficult to interpret.

BurmaYank

”... Android is still growing, and that growth seems to be coming at Microsoft?s expense.”

According to research firm comScore, Android’s growth seems to be coming at the expense of Research In Motion?s BlackBerry, and not significantly from Microsoft?s mobile platform.

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