Monday, January 03, 2011

Smartphones were on everyone’s gift lists this year, What did you get?

Wirefly (http://www.wirefly.com), the Internet retailer of cell phones and cell phone plans, today released its annual list of its Top Ten Best Selling Cell Phones during the 2010 holiday shopping season 

 

Wirefly’s Top 10 Best Selling Cell Phones for the 2010 Holiday Season (Black Friday thru Christmas Eve)*

1.    HTC EVO™ 4G (Sprint) 
2.    DROID Incredible by HTC (Verizon Wireless) 
3.    Samsung Captivate™ (AT&T) 
4.    DROID X by Motorola (Verizon Wireless) 
5.    Samsung Intercept™ (Sprint) 
6.    BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 (AT&T) 
7.    Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X10 (AT&T) 
8.    DROID 2 Global by Motorola (Verizon Wireless) 
9.    Samsung Epic™ 4G (Sprint) 
10.    Samsung Fascinate™ (Verizon Wireless)

*The iPhone 4 is not currently sold by Wirefly

Wirefly’s Mobile Trend Predictions for 2011 (in the U.S.)

Prepaid Gets Smarter – We expect to see even more consumers adopt the contract-free lifestyle in 2011, a trend that started to gain serious momentum in 2010. As a result, we will see an influx of affordably priced prepaid smartphones, particularly Android-powered smartphones, from manufacturers that are less established in the U.S.    

Voice/Email No Longer the Killer Apps – In 2011, the ability to make phone calls or send emails will no longer be the driving factor for purchasing a cell phone. Rather, consumers will seek out smartphones that are capable of supporting advanced applications to maximize productivity and keep them connected and entertained while on the go. Examples include mobile commerce and video-centric apps such as video chat/calls, video sharing, and movie downloading and streaming.

Video Chat: From Novelty to the Norm – Video conferencing from a PC is nothing new, but it wasn’t until this past year, with the introduction of the front-facing camera on a handful of high-end smartphones, that people were able to make mobile video calls. In 2011, we expect the front-facing camera to become a feature available on more handsets and consumers will embrace this more personalized way of communicating - not just in wifi hotspots or to other phones, but wherever, whenever they want.

4G/LTE Takes Off – The launch of the next-generation wireless data networks 4G and LTE were met with consumer praise and industry enthusiasm in 2010. However, with the technology limited to mostly data cards and a handful of wireless devices, its debut did not have a major impact on the market. We predict that 2011 will be the year of 4G and LTE handsets. Carriers will strive to be the first to get their devices on the market, and consumers will be waiting with bated breath to get their hands on them.

Swype Technology Gains Traction – Introduced in the early part of 2010, Swype has revolutionized the way people compose words and sentences on mobile devices. This innovative technology allows users to input text faster and more intuitively with one continuous, fluid finger motion across a virtual keyboard. In 2011, we believe Swype adoption rates will continue to grow rapidly as more and more users come to prefer the smooth swipe method over tapping out a text message.

 

More details see their press release : http://www.prweb.com/releases/wirefly/cell-phones/prweb8041333.htm

 

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