Keep in mind that the NPD survey covers only consumer purchases, not large corporate purchases. If it did, RIM's numbers would undoubtedly look better. It's unclear how iPhone would fare, but I suspect that it's outselling Android into the corporate market as well.
So why is Android now beating Apple for new sales in the U.S. consumer smartphone market?
- Android phones are available from all four major carriers, while Apple's iPhone is still exclusive to AT&T
- There are a variety of Android phones with different designs and price points
- Verizon has been running "buy one, get one free" promotions with Android phones that are getting a lot more units into customers' hands
- Potential iPhone customers may be holding off on purchases until the announcement of Apple's new phone next month