WASHINGTON, DC — Wirefly.com, an online leader in one-stop comparison shopping for cell phones and wireless phone plans, today released an analysis of the recent sharp growth in smartphone sales and announced which smartphones are in the highest demand at the beginning of 2007.
The sales of smartphones–phones with advanced, multi-functional operating systems–grew 70% from the third quarter of 2006 to the first quarter of 2007. This sharp increase in popularity in less than six months is attributed to two main factors: One, the public’s awareness of smartphones generated by frequent national advertising programs; and two, increased choice for smartphones that are thinner, more stylish and have more compelling features such as music players.
“Smartphones are no longer just high-tech toys for IT specialists or mobile offices for business executives. The general public is now starting to embrace QWERTY keyboard smartphones as versatile cell phones for everyday use. Also, a wider audience is attracted by the availability of slimmer, more pocket-friendly smartphones packed with fun and useful applications,” said Wirefly president Brian Westrick. “This may also be why the smartphone mix purchased by the public is changing. As the smartphone customer base gets wider and less technical, larger and more complex products like Pocket PCs and Treos are yielding ground to slimmer and sexier smartphones like the Samsung BlackJack, Motorola Q and the BlackBerry Pearl.”
The best-selling smartphones on Wirefly.com at the beginning of 2007 are a representation of the market trend that is widening the smartphone customer base.
The Samsung BlackJack tops the list as Wirefly’s best-selling smartphone. The BlackJack is 1/2″ thick, and at 3.5 oz it is lighter than most small flip cell phones. The Cingular BlackJack was designed to blend traditional smartphone applications – such as QWERTY keyboard, large color screen, Bluetooth technology and full-featured email with attachment capability – with popular downtime features like digital camera, MP3 Player and access to Cingular Video and Music.
Also on the list of Wirefly’s Top 5 top-selling smartphones is the Motorola Q from Verizon Wireless and Sprint. At only 1/2″ thick, the Motorola Q brings together the RAZR’s elegant style and trim profile with today’s most advanced smartphone technology. With its huge color screen that gives instant access to the Q’s main menus and functions, it is intuitive to use and tightly coupled to your PC with its Microsoft Windows Mobile platform. As a full-featured smartphone, one of its main assets is its email application, with QWERTY keyboard for easy typing, multiple email account configuration and attachment capability. And in line with today’s smartphone trends, the Motorola Q also offers a host of downtime applications such as 1.3 Megapixel digital camera, Bluetooth wireless technology that support streaming stereo music, and Windows Media Player. The Motorola Q is now also available for Sprint.
Available from Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile, the BlackBerry Pearl is BlackBerry’s thinnest and smallest cell phone, measuring 0.6″ in thickness and weighing 3.2 oz. This BlackBerry sports the contoured chromed edges and large color display that appeals to today’s style-conscious cell phone shopper. It has been a cross-over success at bringing traditional cell phone shoppers into the age of mobile messaging with the acclaimed BlackBerry email software. The Pearl features a space-saving SureType® keyboard, Bluetooth wireless technology and Web browsing. Also, the Pearl offers a 1.3 Megapixel camera, voice-activated dialing and supports Cingular push-to-talk walkie-talkie services.
The BlackBerry 8700 series is available on all the major wireless carriers today and continues to attract new smartphone customers to BlackBerry. As the flagship device within the BlackBerry line, it features a full-size QWERTY keyboard, large color screen and the side thumbwheel familiar to BlackBerry users. Compared to older BlackBerry models, the 8700 series offers a thinner body, more contoured edges, battery-saving light-sensitive color screen as well as Bluetooth wireless technology.
Please visit Wirefly.com to learn more about today’s smartphones, as well as to find cell phone deals from all major U.S. carriers.
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