38% of U.S. iPhone sales are to refugees from Android or RIM, up from 29% in February

Now 38% of iPhone sales are to refugees from Android or RIM,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “That’s up from 29% in February.”

“In a survey released to clients Thursday, the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found that more iPhones were purchased in April by U.S. customers leaving Apple’s competitors than by owners of earlier iPhone models,” P.E.D. reports.

Of the customers who bought iPhones in April, according to CIRP:
• 42% were switching from another smartphone, up from 36% in February.
• Specifically, 38% were coming from either Android or BlackBerry, up from 29%.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The tide has turned. People want the real iPhone and the ecosystem that surrounds it. They’re growing tired of inferior approximations and pale imitations.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan K.” and “wirehead” for the heads up.]

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  1. By the ecosystem surrounding the iPhone do you mean iCloud? I hope not. A total mess.

    Why doesn’t Apple just let app developers handle these mobile services? MobileMe was atrocious and now iCloud is crashing and burning.

    Apple should stick with the hardware and operating systems and leave the other stuff to people with stronger ideas. iCloud sucks.

  2. This supports my theory about Android. Android is a gateway drug for iOS. Many people were sold Android phones (some crappy, some okay) with the promise that “it’s just like the iPhone”.
    Some of these people don’t use apps, don’t surf the web, and don’t really care, so they are content with Android.
    But, for those people who want to use apps, surf the web, and really gain value from their smartphone, they found Android lacking.

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