Plucky little iPhone 3GS confounds expectations, tops Japanese sales for July

Joseph L. Flatley
J. Flatley|08.18.09

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Well, look at that: The iPhone 3GS 32GB was the best-selling phone in Japan for the month of July, according to a survey being reported by a number of sites, including Electronista and Mainichi Daily News. Not bad for a handset that doesn't even support 1seg TV, huh? Trailing behind the aforementioned handset at number nine (and the only other American model to make the top ten) is a little something called the iPhone 3GS 16GB. Of course, the mobile market in Japan features plenty of virtually identical phones that manufacturers assign different model numbers to, depending on carrier -- so we're going to take this with a grain of salt. But still, we have to wonder what, exactly, to attribute Apple's new found Japanese popularity to. Maybe it's because they got the phone a mere month after the Stateside 3GS launch, while the hype machine was still in motion? Or maybe someone juked the stats? We can't be sure just yet, but we do have the top ten for you -- in handy list form -- after the break.

[Via Electronista]

Japan's top 10 cell phones (with carrier) for July, 2009:
  1. Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB (Softbank)
  2. Sharp SH-06A (Docomo)
  3. Panasonic 830P (Softbank)
  4. Sharp SH-05A (Docomo)
  5. NEC N-08A (Docomo)
  6. Sony-Ericsson Premier3 (au)
  7. Sharp SH-02A (Docomo)
  8. Casio W63CA (au)
  9. Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB (Softbank)
  10. Sharp SH001 (au)
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