The best-selling smart phone in the U.S. in first quarter was... not the iPhone.
In fact, according to the NPD Group's quarterly market update, the popular Apple device placed second in the rankings to Research in Motion's BlackBerry Curve. BlackBerry also took the third and fourth spots, with the Storm and Pearl, respectively, while the T-Mobile G1 came in fifth.
“Verizon Wireless’s aggressive marketing of the BlackBerry Storm and its buy-one-get-one BlackBerry promotion to its large customer base contributed to RIM capturing three of the top five positions,” NPD's director of industry analysis, Ross Rubin, said as part of the announcement. “The more familiar, and less expensive, Curve benefited from these giveaways and was able to leapfrog the iPhone, due to its broader availability on the four major U.S. national carriers.”