Phones That Were Popular Before iPhone

Here’s something that caught my eyes this morning: Wirefly, a Web site that offers comparison shopping services for cell phones and wireless plans, today released a list of the ten most popular cell phones during 2006.
My first response to the list is to wonder how many of these phones, a year from now, will still be considered popular or cutting-edge, now that Apple has shaken things up with the long-awaited iPhone. As Steve Jobs said in his speech Tuesday, its unlikely that anyone will look at smartphones the same way again now that iPhone is on the scene.
Back two days ago, before the iPhone, though, the following list did represent the hottest and best cell phones available.
1. Cingular RAZR by Motorola
2. T-Mobile RAZR
3. Verizon Wireless RAZR
4. Cingular Sony Ericsson z520a/z525a
5. T-Mobile Motorola v360
6. Verizon Wireless Motorola v276
7. Sprint Nextel Motorola i850
8. Sprint Nextel Motorola i710
9. Cingular Motorola v220
10. T-Mobile Samsung T309

A year from now, I’m willing to bet that Motorola and other manufacturers represented in the list will be preparing to launch a new generation of cell phones designed to compete with iPhone. Just how they’ll do that, given Apple’s hundreds of patents protecting its latest product, will be interesting to see.
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If the other telephone manufacturers haven't gotten their act together by now, they deserve to lose share.

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