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Wirefly Lists Its Best Selling Phones For '09

1/26/2010 11:39:45 AM Eastern

Reston, Va. - Wirefly, the online retailer of cellphones,
released its Top 10 best-selling phones for the last quarter of 2009 and offers
its predictions for wireless trends in 2010. 

 Smartphones and feature-rich touchscreens flooded the
mobile market in 2009, so it should come as no surprise that these devices
would claim every spot on this particular Wirefly Top 10 list, the retailer
said.

 "By the end of year, it was quite clear that consumers had
embraced smartphones and touchscreens and the conveniences that come along with
them, such as the user-friendly interface and the ability to quickly and easily
email, upload photos, surf the internet and access social networking sites,"
said Andy Zeinfeld, CEO of Simplexity, parent company of Wirefly

 Wirefly's top 10 best-selling cellphones for the fourth quarter
of 2009 (by carrier) included:

1. Samsung
Impression A877 (AT&T)
 

2. BlackBerry
Bold 9700 (AT&T)

3. Samsung
Mythic a897 (AT&T)

4. Droid
by Motorola (Verizon Wireless)

5. LG
enV3 VX9200 (Verizon Wireless)

6. Chocolate
Touch (Verizon Wireless)

7. BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Sprint)

8. HTC
Hero with Google (Sprint)

9. BlackBerry
Curve 8900 (T-Mobile)

10. Samsung
Highlight t749 (T-Mobile)
 

Concerning trends for 2010, Zeinfeld noted, "Because of our
position, we have the ability to track and anticipate the trends driving the
wireless industry. We predict that many of the trends that began to emerge
during the last half of 2009 will continue to gain popularity in
2010. However, this market is forever changing and highly competitive, so
we also expect to see vast improvements made to current wireless technology, as
well as, the emergence of new technology in the coming year."

 Among Wirefly's mobile trend predictions for 2010:

* Carrier Rate Plan War Heats Up: "We believe that carriers are
going to continue to invest more heavily in increasing their footprint by
improving quality and speed while driving down costs to consumers," the
retailer said.

  • Continued Growth of the Android Operating System: "With more
    and more cell phone manufacturers introducing various models on this
    revolutionary platform, we think it is safe to say that the Android operating system
    is set to make significant gains in the smartphone market in 2010,"  Wirefly said.

  • The Smartphone Surge Continues: "Manufacturers will continue to
    roll out new and improved smartphones to keep up with consumers' growing demand
    to stay connected while on the go.  We predict that for most consumers,
    the smartphone will be the norm and not the exception in 2010." 

  • App Stores Aplenty: "As more smartphones flood the
    wireless market, expect to see an even greater presence of App stores. 
    Consumers will begin to rely more on their smartphones for productivity,
    entertainment and communication, and they will no longer be satisfied with the
    standard, preinstalled applications.  Instead, they will seek out and
    download specific applications that cater to their needs.   We
    predict that the App Stores that will ultimately succeed will be those that
    make it easy for consumers to shop and download quality applications safely and
    securely," the retailer said.

  • Emergence of Tablet PCs: "The netbook was the ‘It' device
    of 2009. In 2010, it is going to be all about the tablet PC for mobile
    computing.   These mini touchscreen computers (think iPhone on
    steroids) generated a huge buzz at the International CES in Las Vegas this
    year, with several manufacturers announcing the impending launch of their
    version. Biggest question still remains:  Will customers connect via
    a data plan or primarily use it with Wi-Fi? Only time will tell," Wirefly
    said.