Apple iPhone 3GS Shipment Likely to Reach Two Million Units in 4Q11

December 9, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple is having a good time with the iPhone 3GS, which was released two years back. The handset, successor to the iPhone 3, is reported to have large shipment volumes slotted until the second half of next year.

iPhone 3GS shipment units will, allegedly, reach two million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. Meanwhile, 1.4-1.6 million units are expected to be shipped in the first quarter of 2012.

The 8GB iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 that comes pre-loaded with the iOS 5 are the main smartphones that Apple is now pushing. AT&T is currently offering the iPhone 3GS to consumers with zero subscription charges.

This is considered to play an important role in the increasing sale of the handset. In the case of iPhone 4, the CDMA version of the handset is expected to attain shipment units ranging 800,000 to one million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

A volume of 500,000 to 600,000 units are said to be ready for shipment in the first quarter of 2012. Carriers like Verizon are selling the CDMA iPhone 4 versions at attractive subscription plans, and these have also played a part in the increase of shipment volumes.

Apple is said to be targeting a total of 30 million iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011. So we might be seeing more of the GSM version of iPhone 4 than the CDMA models.

The Cupertino-based company hopes to increase their revenue and profit margins with the sale of older smartphones under low prices.

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