iPhone 4 Loses Out To HTC Wildfire In New Survey

HTC is turning out to be a very savvy mobile phone manufacturer after three of its handsets, the Desire, the Desire HD and the Wildfire, managed to dominate the best selling mobile phone chart from uSwitch Tracker.

The chart is compiled using a combination of live searches and sales; the Blackberry Curve 8520, the Samsung Galaxy S and the iPhone 4 16GB occupy the next three slots with the Motorola Defy, the S500i and two Samsung handsets making up the top 10.

The HTC Desire HD is a particularly great deal since it the handset can be had on an 18-month contract with a decent amount of minutes, texts and even internet access for much less than the price of the 16GB Apple iPhone 4 alone.

The uSwitch tracker service also highlights the rise of the Android platform which now accounts for 50 per cent of the most popular mobile handsets "on the market", a success partly attributed to the increasing number of models - only Blackberry, Apple and Nokia don't use Android - and decreasing prices - Android smartphones costs as little as £60.

This might explain why Apple may be looking into launching a cheaper version of the iPhone 5, one which is expected to cost around $199 SIM-free and should compete with the Android armada at the lower end of the spectrum.