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January 11, 2007

Wirefly Names Top Ten Most Popular Cell Phones for 2006

TMCnet News

By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributing Writer

Wirefly, a leading player in the domain of one-stop comparison shopping for mobile phones, recently released a list of the cell phones that were in highest demand in 2006.

The list is comprehensively dominated by Motorola (News - Alert), with its RAZR phones.



Here is the list of the top 10 phones in 2006:

1. Cingular RAZR by Motorola (in various colors)
2. T-Mobile (News - Alert) RAZR (in various colors)
3. Verizon Wireless RAZR (in various colors)
4. Cingular Sony Ericsson (News - Alert) z520a/z525a video phones
5. T-Mobile Motorola v360
6. Verizon Wireless Motorola v276
7. Sprint (News - Alert) Nextel Motorola i850
8. Sprint Nextel Motorola i710
9. Cingular Motorola v220
10. T-Mobile Samsung T309

Wirefly.com offers opportunities for the consumers to compare countless mobile phones from major players in the industry and make the best purchase.

“Wirefly has great insight into cell phone trends and more importantly, consumer buying behavior in the wireless market today,” said Wirefly President Brian Westrick. “Wirefly.com has increasingly become a bellwether for consumer trends in wireless, as tens of thousands of people purchase cell phones and rate plans on Wirefly every month after comparing hundreds of phone models from all the major carriers.”

One year ago, wirefly.com made some predictions about the trends in mobile buying for 2006. Here is an overview of the trends predicted:

--Music mobile TV Phone rules: Wirefly predicted that the top selling phones in 2006 will be either music or video phones. Indeed, in the year 2006, 9 out of top 10 phones sold by wirefly were either music phones or featured cameras.

--More smart phones: Year 2006 witnessed a host of smart phones being introduced by major companies. Phones such as the Motorola Q, Treo 700 series, T-Mobile MDA, Blackberry 8700 series and the Blackberry Pearl, and Pocket PC's like the Verizon (News - Alert) XV6700 set new standards in sophisticated functionality and the consumers loved them!

--Cell phones fir kids: The sale of mobiles specifically designed for kids was also on the rise in the year 2006. Recognizing this trend, wirefly tied up with Disney Mobile and has now started featuring Disney Mobile products on its web site.

--Better GPS Services: The cell phones targeted to kids were also targeted to parents by way of GPS geo-location services. These phones have many advanced GPS features such as sprint, Disney locator systems and alerts.

More goodies are expected for mobile users in 2007, as mobile phone companies compete for market share. As the competition increases, we will see the service improving and the mobile phones getting cheaper. Instead of offering just one or two features in a mobile, the phone companies will look to provide a whole bundle of features. Media, entertainment, landline and data services will all come bundled in one phone in the future.

As the mobile phone market grows up, 2007 promises to be a year of technological revolutions geared to meet ever-evolving consumer demands. A mobile phone is no longer just a communication device.

In 2007, an average mobile user will be flooded with choices he has never seen before.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing writer for TMCnet.







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