Is Apple’s iPhone the Favorite of Android and BlackBerry Users?

Almost 38 percent of users who choose to buy Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone switch from either a Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android phone or a Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry. The number of users switching now is even higher than in last year’s holiday season, when 36 percent of iPhone buyers came from another platform.

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Also according to the new survey by the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, customers increasingly chose the iPhone 4S over cheaper alternatives. As many as 73 percent of the buyers of Apple’s smartphone choose the high-end iPhone 4S and half of those choose the smallest capacity of 16 gigabytes. Another 34 percent chose the 32-gigabyte size, while the remaining 16 percent went for the high-end 64-gigabyte iPhone 4S, AppleInsider reported. The iPhone 4 makes up 22 percent of sales of Apple’s smartphones in the U.S., while the free-on-contract iPhone 3GS is chosen by only 5 percent.

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) increased its new iPhone activations between February and April from 34 percent to 37 percent of the total as the share of the other two major providers fell. The division of AT&T (NYSE:T) dropped from 53 percent to 51 percent, while that of Sprint (NYSE:S) fell from 13 percent to 12 percent.

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