Used phone sellers may seek alternatives to Apple iPhone 4

1 July 2010 — 3:01 PM

Used phone sellers may seek alternatives to Apple iPhone 4

With many people likely to currently be disposing of their used phones in order to buy the new iPhone 4, Apple could lose out on a significant number of customers if it does not quickly resolve its supply issues.

According to iSuppli, the inability of Apple to satisfy demand for the device, which was released in the UK last week, is prompting frustrated customers to consider alternatives.

These could include handsets made by BlackBerry, Nokia and HTC, all of which offer many of the smartphone features contained within the iPhone 4.

The corporation believes Apple will ship some 21.7 million iPhone 4's during 2010 - just over half of the total number of iPhones sent to retailers.

But if that is still not enough, those who have sold a used phone in favour of a new device may lose patience and invest in a rival device.

Retailers moved approximately 1.7 million units in the first three days after the iPhone 4's release.

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