Apple's iPhone is no longer one of the top five most popular mobile phones in the UK, according to uSwitch.

According to the comparison site's Mobile Tracker, which ranks the nation's favourite handsets based on live searches and sales, the HTC Desire in the UK's favourite smartphone, closely followed by the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Wildfire.

The Blackberry Curve 8520 is in fourth place, while Samsung's Galaxy S takes the final position in the UK's top five favourite handsets. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone 4 languishes in sixth place, having fallen three places since January this year.

"Android phones have well and truly pipped Apple to the post. But, with just a couple of months until Apple is expected to give details of its next offering, it's almost a dead cert that they will soon lead the way again in the race for smartphone dominance," Ernest Doku, technology expert at

"With over 800,000 deals currently giving away a smartphone for free, it's easy to see how consumers are being lured away from the iPhone. Many have to account for every penny spent, but at the same time do not want to miss out on owning the latest gadget. A free handset is a much more attractive proposition than shelling out for one – especially at iPhone prices."