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Apple and Samsung now account for 99% of mobile profits

0. phoneArena 14 Nov 2012, 07:16 posted on

Apple, Samsung and HTC are now the only three profitable companies in the mobile industry. Not just that, Apple and Samsung together combined to grab 99% of all mobile profits…

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posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:17 8

1. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

F*cking monopolists :(.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 10:31 2

17. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 79; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

Or duopoly :-/

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:18 8

2. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

One word: Marketing

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:24 1

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4218; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

And Apple is still hunting for more... (via legal battle)...of course, they have no other option.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:23 4

3. wendygarett (unregistered)

Here's another 3 month paycheck for you Apple :)

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:27 3

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Smh Wendy...

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:33 8

6. wendygarett (unregistered)

Smh vertically? Lol :)

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 09:05 3

11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4218; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Gave you a thumb up for the joke, not for what you meant!!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 09:34 1

14. wendygarett (unregistered)

Thanks :)
and here's yours for not angry with me

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:29 3

5. rabih_z (Posts: 45; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Nokia should make a comeback or this market will get boring very soon

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:49

9. gothicheart (Posts: 83; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

they did. that's Q3 report, nokia Lumia comes in Q4

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:37 2

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 23620; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Htc better step it up

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:55 1

10. wendygarett (unregistered)

Tell that to moto lol...

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 09:12

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 23620; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Exactly lol

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:46

8. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

what about huwaei?????

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 09:07

12. exynos5 (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)

ah...here i thought htc is under losses...

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 15:09

19. darkskoliro (Posts: 1089; Member since: 07 May 2012)

same im really confused now. how can they have profits...

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 09:54 4

15. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4708; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Something to remember is profitability is not about how many units are sold, but how much the company makes on each unit. So going by that it says that Apple makes more on each device than other manufacturers.

So a company could sell 5 million units and make $10 profit on each unit ($50 million profit), while another could sell 2.5 million units and make $30 on each unit ($75 million profit). In that case the second company is selling half as many units, but is 1.5 times more profitable than the first. If both devices are essentially the same, you're wasting money on the second company.

I'm not saying that it's not worth it for someone to go with the second company. If the product from the first company just won't work for them, then it's worth it for them to go with company #2, but they're gonna pay extra for it.

The problem I have with Apple in this case however is they have the least R&D, but the highest profit margin. So they make more money off of their customers than other companies. But then when they go into court to see what they have to pay for using other companies' tech, they try to force them to settle for less than what they'd charge if they were in the same position, irregardless of how important either company's patents are. They want exhorbitant money for their work and balk at paying a fair price for other's work. Even if I hadn't had issues with Apple in the past, I don't think I could justify supporting a company who does that. But that's just me.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 10:14 2

16. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

well RIM is still just as deep in the Shi*ter as it has been

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 19:44

20. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Not exactly. If you read the graph correctly, you'd see they only started getting operating losses in Q1 2012, they were profitable the whole time prior to that, and many of the quarters had larger profits than they've had it losses for the 2012 quarters.

Over the period of time in tis

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