iPhone beats out Android in sales at Verizon and AT&T stores, analyst claimsAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Curious to know who's winning the age-old battle between iPhone and Android at brick and mortar carrier stores? According to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk, it's the iPhone. Piecyk and others at BTIG spent the last three weeks calling 250 different AT&T and Verizon stores and, after the dust had settled, it was found that the iPhone was the best selling smartphone at 58 percent of stores polled. Android took top honors at 21 percent of the stores, while both platforms shared the gold medal at 20 percent of the outlets.
Broken down by carrier, the study found that the iPhone was the top dog at 65 percent of AT&T stores, while Android claimed 31 percent, BlackBerry took 2 percent, and Windows Phone claimed 1 percent. Meanwhile, Apple's handset was the best selling smartphone a 51 percent of Verizon locations, 4G LTE Android phones was No. 1 at 11 percent of stores, and iOS and Android shared the top spot at 38 percent of shops.
Finally, BTIG polled all Verizon stores on which 4G LTE smartphone was more popular: the Samsung DROID Charge or HTC ThunderBolt. The study found that the DROID Charge beat out the ThunderBolt at 90 percent of outlets.
There's no doubt that these findings are intriguing, especially considering that the iPhone 4 is just about a year old at this point (although it's only been available on Verizon since February). It's worth pointing out again, though, that the study only took place over the past three weeks and took into account the results from 250 stores. Still, pretty interesting.