/// Best Buy is Selling Nearly as Many iPhones as Apple Itself

March 23, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Apple’s move to make Best Buy an outlet for the iPhone back in 2008 is proving a wise one — lucrative, too. Over the past few years, the retail chain has become an increasingly important outlet for Apple extending its reach and distribution via its 1100 stores. About 600 of them host Apple Store-within-a-stores, most in geographic locations that Cupertino feels are too small to support a dedicated Apple store. And they’re selling a lot of iPhones. Almost as many as Apple itself, according to new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) . The firm surveyed iPhone buyers in December 2011, and January and February 2012, asking them where they purchased the device. And it found that retail stores accounted for 76 percent of iPhone sales and online stores 24 percent. When the iPhone 4S first launched, retail stores and online outlets accounted for 67 percent and 33 percent of sales, respectively, largely due to online pre-orders. More interesting, however, was the actual breakdown of the stores themselves. According to CIRP’s data, Apple sold 15 percent of all iPhones purchased in the U.S. during the period of the survey (retail: 11 percent / online: 4 percent). Meanwhile, AT&T sold 32 percent via it’s online and retail stores, Verizon 30 percent — again, online and off, and Sprint 7 percent. And Best Buy

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