Apple becomes top U.S. phone maker during 2010 first quarter
By David Chartier
After fewer than three years on the market, the iPhone has become the top-selling phone in the U.S.
Mentioned briefly by Forbes in a Motorola first-quarter earnings statement, Apple has become the largest U.S. maker of cell phones. In the first quarter of 2010, Apple sold 8.8 million iPhones, while Motorola slipped from the throne to a close second with 8.5 million phones sold.
However, for a bit of sobering cell phone sales context, Forbes notes that just four years ago when the Razr was all the rage, Motorola claimed the top U.S. phone maker spot with a whopping 46.1 million phones sold in the first quarter.
Further, of Motorola’s 8.5 million first-quarter phone sales, only 2.3 million of them were smartphones that actually compete with the iPhone. Motorola’s bread and butter seems to still be “dumb” phones (or what are now loosely called “feature” phones), though its Android-based Droid phone for Verizon helped the company to sell more smartphones than even Motorola predicted for its quarter.