Reston, Va. -
, 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:
7. BlackBerry Curve 8330 (Sprint)
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 â€˜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.