56% of Would-be Smartphone Buyers Lusting After iPhone 3G

56% of Smartphone Buyers Want iPhone 3G

What's this year's new hottie in Smartphone-ville? (Not) Surprisingly, the same as last year's, only this time all dressed up in 3G chic.

That's right, in an RBC Capital Markets survey of 3600 technology adapters (and panelists all), a whopping 56% of those who intended to buy a smartphone in the next quarter had their sights, and lust, firmly set on the iPhone 3G. That's twice as much a second-place RIM Blackberry, and an obliterating staggering lead over the meager 3% of Palm, and the 2% of recent iCloners Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and 1% Motorola.

Ouch! But why?

67% claimed the price drop to $199 sealed the deal, 63% the fast 3G speed bump (which goes to show just how ineffective advertising has been from the existing 3G phone makers), with GPS, Exchange, and App Store rounding out the top 5.

Bottom line? The analysts are seeing "unprecedented pent-up demand". But worry not, prom night is just a little over a week away!

Are you one of the 65 percenters?

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Well, after seeing AT&T's explained rates, I'm not sure. With a 900min all data and unlimited text plan, it's gonna cost $110.00 plus all their taxes and fees on top of that. Tack on an almost $40.00 activation fee... and of course $300.00 for the high-end device itself... uh... still on the fence on this one. Great device, but pricey plan to get it.

You know, 43% of statistics are made up on the spot. Now, I went to public skools, but of those polled, I'm curious how it works out that 67% did on price and 63% did it on 3G. Did they have superdelegates? LOL

That's encouraging because what I've sensed a general disappointment from the tech crowd about the lack of functions in the iPhone. This waiting is killing me.

I won't be upgrading my current iPhone to the iPhone 3G unless some impossible-to-refuse offer comes along. I just don't see enough features to make it worth signing up for a new contract just for 3G, when 80% of my time is spent in a Wi-Fi hotspot anyway. The time I'm not in a hot spot I find the iPhone speed with the EDGE network more than adequate for the sites I visit. No, I'll keep my jailbroken iPhone, and maybe I'll upgrade to 2.0 firmware once they jailbreak that one as well.

Ryan: ok, now do i have to go to an att store or will places like best buy have itRyan: you still thereKristin: Only an AT&T or Apple store.Kristin: Not online and no third party storesRyan: at apple how will i activate it in store, will att be there?Kristin: You would have to bring it to an AT&T store to activate it.Ryan: so i can buy at apple and bring it to att to activate?Kristin: Correct.Ryan: thank youKristin: Thank you for choosing AT&T.  Have a good nightThe chat session has been closed by your AT&T sales representative.

Ryan: ok, now do i have to go to an att store or will places like best buy have it
Kristin: Only an AT&T or Apple store.
Kristin: Not online and no third party stores
Ryan: at apple how will i activate it in store, will att be there?
Kristin: You would have to bring it to an AT&T store to activate it.
Ryan: so i can buy at apple and bring it to att to activate?
Kristin: Correct.
Ryan: thank you
Kristin: Thank you for choosing AT&T. Have a good night
The chat session has been closed by your AT&T sales representative.