In the U.S., 33 million phones were sold in the second quarter for a total of $2.4 billion, according to The NPD Group. And there were a few interesting things to note.
The 33 million represents a 17 percent decline from the previous quarter, but a drop in that period is typical because of seasonality.
Here are a few things to note:
— Sales increased 14 percent compared with the same time a year ago. Perhaps that’s because people are paying more for their phones. Still, a plurality of phones — 28 percent — were free. NPD said another 28 percent cost less than $50; 11 percent cost more than $150; and 4 percent were more than $250.
— The top five handset manufacturers are the same: Motorola at 32 percent; Samsung 18 percent; LG 17 percent; Nokia 10 percent and Sanyo 4 percent.
— Almost 70 percent of phones sold in the quarter were equipped with Bluetooth, an increase of 9 percent from the first quarter.
— Less than half, or 45 percent, of new phones were able to play music (up 11 percent from the first quarter).
— 11 percent were higher-end smartphones (up 32 percent).
NPD said it gets this data by surveying 150,000 consumers each month.