As we wait for Sony Ericsson, RIM, HTC, and Samsung to drop their latest wares on the entire world, the iPhone 3G has apparently been doing quite well for itself. With the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 rumored to go live at the end of this month (except for us Yankees, of course); RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry handset – the BlackBerry Storm – appearing on Verizon’s website; HTC unveiling the WVGA HTC Touch HD; and Samsung speculated to be launching the US-spec Samsung Omnia as the AT&T Mirage early next month, the iPhone 3G has quietly slipped to the blogosphere’s back-burner.
But that doesn’t mean the rest of the world has forgotten about the device that essentially kicked off this latest wave of sleekly-styled smartphones boasting large touchscreens with a focus on intuitive and eye-catching UI’s. In fact, it seems that the iPhone 3G is doing quite well in the UK. The latest numbers, according to Mobile Today‘s source, indicate that Apple and O2, the sole iPhone 3G carrier in the UK, are pushing a steady 27,000 iPhone 3G units every week.
Apple saw upwards of 50,000 iPhone 3G’s being sold during the initial iPhone 3G launch-craze, with sales slowing down to a hugely respectable 35,000 units per week after the first month. Today, reports put iPhone 3G sales at 27,000 units per week – a figure slightly north of the initial launch-day rush, but strong nonetheless.
The Apple iPhone 3G now comprises somewhere between 4% and 6% of the UK’s mobile market. The iPhone 3G’s market-share is even said to have reached the high single-digits in some weeks.
Overall, it looks like the iPhone 3G is doing just fine for itself. Now, just how the HTC Touch HD and BlackBerry Storm affects iPhone 3G sales remains to be seen.