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Apple iPhone 5s continues to be the top selling smartphone in Japan

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Apple iPhone 5s continues to be the top selling smartphone in Japan
A survey done in Japan by BCN reveals that the Apple iPhone 5s is the top smartphone in the country. BCN, which measures sales of electronic gadgets in Japan, found that the iPhone 5s had 44.5% of the Japanese smartphone market in February. Combined with the 5.9% share belonging to the Apple iPhone 5c, nearly half of the smartphones sold in the country last month had the Apple logo on the back. That is up from the 44% share that Apple earned in December.

Japan was responsible for $13.5 billion, or 7.9% of Apple's revenues last year. Japan was also responsible for the largest operating margin that Apple was able to produce from any country at 50.7%. For the December 2013 quarter alone, Apple generated 8.6% of its revenue from Japan, which amounted to about $5 billion. 11.6% of its operating profit came from the country during Q4.

Besides Apple, Sony also did well in Japan during February. The highly regarded Sony Xperia Z1 f, which is a version of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact made for NTT Docomo, captured 2.3% of the market, while the Sony Xperia Z1 accounted for an additional 2%.

Apple iPhone 5s continues to be the top selling smartphone in Japan

source: BCN (translated) via Forbes

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posted on 14 Mar 2014, 17:44 1

1. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


How ironic.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 17:48 1

2. MrOCD (unregistered)


How is it ironic?

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 19:02 4

13. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I just assumed that Sony will sell more since Japan is their home turf. I guess Japanese people don't support their own brands as much as I thought they would.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 19:20 3

14. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1543; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


I think Japanese people are like rest of people, they like trends, whats cool, etc, as you can see beside Apple they support sony etc. No samsung what so ever. I am surprised that apple is doing so much better than sony :S

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 20:06 4

18. promise7 (Posts: 884; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


So by "support their own brands" Motorola should be the best selling in the US then right?

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 21:37 2

30. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


My comment was clearly an assumption proven wrong.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 22:33

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


It's the best in the low end segment next to Nokia thanks to the Moto G.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 01:51

36. hurrycanger (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Apple?

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 01:22 2

33. Finalflash (Posts: 3227; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


They had the local Sony phones since forever so that is why they aren't selling in boat loads because they already saturated their market over time. The iPhone just got announced on several major carriers so it has a fairly new run. Once it saturates a bit it should taper off as well for a while.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 18:46

11. KingaSpades (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Said the hater. Hate on hater. See how much it earns you. Make sure you let everyone know when you reach $1 million.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 17:55 3

3. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Smartphones dominator..

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 18:06 2

4. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


im gonna have to stop being anti apple pretty soon, might as well start now.

Well of course they are gonna be the #1 phone in japan, They are epic......

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 18:22 5

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Can't go wrong with an iPhone 5S. One of the best devices, and it's jedii approved. The jedii approval is what makes it top notch.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 18:39 10

7. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


You and that wp fanboi are getting to be more annoying than mxy now...

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 18:42

9. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


lol keep annoying him darkk

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 20:15 2

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


A4n, I was just having fun bro, and he gets all sensitive lol. Who cares!!!

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 20:21

21. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


dude i may change to a4e soon enough

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 21:05

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lol why is that yo?

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 09:14 1

38. Apple4Ever (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


well i have a mac because i need the software for it and its a pain in the a$$ rooting and stuff to my android, and i figured that a jailbroken 5 or 5s is adequate, plus i miss the days when i would sit with my iphone 4 with my friends and tweak our iphones and show off lol so, i might as well switch till i get a PC

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 10:08

40. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Bro why not just have both? I honestly couldn't part with the iOS ecosystem, but I also love android. In the end I had to go with both. I actually do pretty well with using both OS's day to day lol. Cases and car chargers were another story though.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 11:23

42. Apple4Ever (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


yea im keeping my xperia sp and Z1 but im also going to get a 5 or 5s ill keep the droids for fun and day to day usage but ill use the iphones for my hacking needs and desires lmao, i love android but the limited options on mac are whats bothering me im lucky for sony bridge though, its a life saver

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 14:27

44. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Craigslist has good 5&5s deals

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 16:20

48. Apple4Ever (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


yea i got a 5s 32gb for 550 gonna pick it up tomorrow

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 20:14 1

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


So f'n what?!! When u see my screen name skip past it, I'm not here to please you dude. The jedster rocks.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 20:40 1

22. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


See, there you go again. How you like it if I did dickwaving in your face?

You think you rock? You do sometimes. Other times you are a douchebag.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 21:04 1

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Wow dude u take phonearena comments section far too serious. I get insulted daily, racist remarks thrown at constantly, PAPINYC insults my wife every chance he/it gets, and I don't even bother responding and u let this get to u? Geewiz dude...reallyyyyyyyyyy. I am a hunk, I do rock, I'm gorgeous, highly self confident, and I won't be changing or logging out anytime soon. Get over it dude. The jedster approves this message.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 22:41 1

32. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


spare me the passive aggressive BS

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 01:50 1

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Spare me the PMS

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 11:24

43. Apple4Ever (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


did u just invent the word d¬°ckwaving?

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 14:28

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Didn't realize that's what he thought I was doing lol.

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