Older Model iPhones Prove Top Selling Smartphones of Q3

Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS were huge sellers during the third quarter of 2011 in the United States.

That information comes to use by way of the latest data from research outfit NPD Group.

NPD Group says that Apple benefited greatly from the sizable growth experienced across the entire domestic smartphone market.

The share of U.S. mobile handset sales that were smartphones topped 59 percent in the third quarter of 2011 – 13% higher than Q3 of 2010.

Helping to drive that growth is the reality that the average selling prices for smartphones have declined for four consecutive quarters, reaching $135 in Q3.

All told, the top five best-selling mobile phone handsets in Q3 were:

  • Apple iPhone 4
  • Apple iPhone 3GS
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • Motorola Droid 3
  • Samsung Intensity II

“Even as smartphone prices continue to decline, the accessory attachment rates for smartphones in Q3 was unchanged since last year,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. “This indicates further opportunity for retailers to improve revenue numbers by focusing marketing efforts on selling more accessories.”