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8/8/2008
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Guess Which Phone Was The Best Selling Phone In July...

I am sure you already know which phone was the best-selling model in the month of July. What's more interesting is to see where the other handset makers enter into the mix. Samsung, Motorola, and Research In Motion are notably absent from the top 10.

I am sure you already know which phone was the best-selling model in the month of July. What's more interesting is to see where the other handset makers enter into the mix. Samsung, Motorola, and Research In Motion are notably absent from the top 10.Yes, you guessed it, the 3G iPhone was the top-selling handset in the month of July, according to Krusell International. Krusell gathered sales data from more than 50 countries, spanning six continents, so these figures aren't limited to the United States. Ulf Sandberg, managing director at Krusell, said, "The launch of the 3G iPhone from Apple on July 11th had great impact on the sales in July as well as in June." But what of the other manufacturers?

It's not all that surprising to see the N95 8 GB, Nokia's premiere multimedia phone, in the top 10. It ranked number 7 on the list. Three other Nokias joined it. The 3109 -- an entry-level model -- ranked number 2; the E51 business-class smartphone was number 3; and the 6300 was number 4. Of the four Nokia models in the top 10, there are two entry-level phones (probably hitting high sales figures in India and countries on the African continent), one multimedia phone, and one enterprise phone. An interesting mix.

Also on the list were Sony Ericsson's high-end camera phones and multimedia phones. The C902 and C702 ranked numbers 5 and 6, respectively, and the K810i and K530i ranked 8 and 9, respectively. The K series phones are Sony Ericsson's high-quality cameraphones. To see so many high-quality camera phones among the world's best selling tells an interesting story all its own.

At the bottom of the top 10 is the LG KU990.

The real story here is that Samsung isn't present in the top 10. Samsung is the world's second-largest manufacturer of mobile phones. For smaller rivals LG and Sony Ericsson to have models in the top 10 should be an embarrassment to the company. Samsung has unleashed a slew of high-end models, such as the Omnia, the Instinct, the BlackJack and others. Why aren't any of them in the top 10?

Since Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphones are more popular in the U.S. than abroad at the moment, I'm not surprised to see that there are no BlackBerry models in the top 10 (though it would have been great if Krusell had published the top 20 handsets).

It is sad to see that no Motorola devices made the cut. Motorola has had a tough 18 months. The original Razr phone ranked as a top-selling model for years. Looks like the world's cell phone-consuming population has finally had enough of the iconic model and moved on to bigger and better things. What of the Razr2, the Q9h, the Rokr E8? Is anyone out there buying Motorola phones at the moment?

I'd say Motorola's new mobile leader has his work cut out for him.

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