Tweakers.net reports that the HTC Touch Diamond is outselling the iPhone 3G at a healthy clip in the Netherlands. While the iPhone started strong, with 35 000 sold within the first month after its release in July, sales slowed down considerably and have only reached 60 000 after 3 months. T-Mobile now only expect to sell 100 000 in total some time next year.
In contrast sales of the HTC Touch Diamond have also been strong, and HTC is confident of selling 100 000 this year into the Dutch market. Mark Moons of HTC Benelux says “That will happen before the end of the year.” Moons think the success is due to two factors. “First of mobile Internet. The unlimited internet for a tenner per month, the interest in smart phones in the Netherlands helped enormously.Â Also the Touch Diamond is much smaller than previous models and it seemed more like the ‘ordinary’ mobile phones, which people always had.”
While this area of localized success does not necessarily reflect on the likely global sales ratio, it does show that in more mature markets Apple’s iPhone will not necessarily displace the competition as easily as has been assumed by many of its fans.