By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
February 10, 2011

The results of a quick launch day headcount

Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, one of the few Apple AAPL analysts who believes in counting heads, issued a note to clients Thursday with the results of a quick survey of early Verizon VZ iPhone buyers.

He and his team interviewed 40 customers in New York City and Minneapolis. “Lines were shorter than expected,” he wrote. “But recall that online pre-orders sold out in less than a day.”

The pie chart at right shows the predominance of current Verizon customers, followed Sprint S , T-Mobile DT and AT&T T . Based on what is admittedly a very small survey, Munster concludes that cannibalization of existing AT&T customers may be less than he anticipated.

Among his other findings:

  • 8% of buyers were upgrading from an older iPhone
  • 28% had been using a Research in Motion RIMM BlackBerry
  • 13% were switching from a Google GOOG Android phone
  • 8% from a Nokia NOK phone
  • 45% from “other,” including so-called feature phones
  • 25% bought the 32GB iPhone 4, down from the 54% who bought the high-capacity model at the AT&T launch last June
  • One buyer in four (25%) owned an iPad; of the 75% who didn’t, 43% indicated that they would likely buy one in the next 12 months

Also on

[Follow Philip Elmer-DeWitt on Twitter @philiped]

You May Like