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Apple zips past Samsung to become U.S. largest smartphone maker in Q4 2012

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Apple zips past Samsung to become U.S. largest smartphone maker in Q4 2012
Apple had a record Holiday quarter selling nearly 48 million iPhones, and what’s interesting is that a huge part of those sales happened in the United States. Apple sold a whopping 17.7 million iPhones in the States in Q4 2012, making for a 34.4% share and beating Samsung which sold 16.8 million and grabbed a 32.3% marketshare for the second place.

And while both Apple and Samsung grew, the third biggest company LG lost sales in Q4 2012, and the same goes for overall smartphone sales of other brands.

Still, if we look at the rivalry between Samsung and Apple, Samsung clearly won the year with 53 million smartphones sold in the United States, more than the 43.7 million iPhones that were sold by Apple.

All of this data comes courtesy of Strategy Analytics saying the growth happened mainly because of huge demand for 4G and 3G smartphones.

source: Tech Crunch

Apple zips past Samsung to become U.S. largest smartphone maker in Q4 2012

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posted on 01 Feb 2013, 04:11 2

1. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)


duopoly much? Lol

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 11:36 1

24. frmrVZguy (Posts: 38; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


**This is a Rant** "Apple ...smartphone maker"
Apple doesn't MAKE anything. Design, yes. They think up smart ideas and also find others thinking smart ideas, and then pay people at low wages to make them into products.
"Samsung ...smartphone maker" Yeah, Samsung actually makes stuff.
The title should be "Apple zips past Samsung to become U.S. largest smartphone SELLer in Q4 2012"
Every high-tech product science becomes broadly available mid-tech science at some point e.g. automobiles and aircraft. Then the ROW matches or exceeds our best efforts. Chrysler, Ford, GM yesterday, Boeing shortly, Apple tomorrow.
*End of Rant*

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 01:44

34. stealthd (Posts: 969; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Design is the first critical step in making something. They have the freedom to take their manufacturing wherever they want. Their devices are made to their specifications. All your silly rant does is try to split hairs.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 13:35

36. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Shhhhhhhhh

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 05:05 12

2. Venuramax (Posts: 17; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


Asians love Android. Not like crappy Americans

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 05:16 1

3. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


it is normal to apple wins at US

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 05:17 2

4. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


really?

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:06 3

8. gustavoace (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


N. American people like the weirdest things of all... Like Football (the one play with hands), Nascar, Baseball, Apple, etc..

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 10:53

19. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


We also have the coolest country. Plus we have Las Vegas

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 10:57

20. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Las Vegas... now that I could agree with you.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 11:21 1

22. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Vegas is nothing special. Ill piss in their pools anyday. Id rather much go to the state parks.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 12:04

27. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


My home town bro lol

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 14:47

31. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


My favorite party place when I was 18.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:40 1

11. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Yes, those stupid people in the U.S. ruin it, right? It's amazing that a country full of so many morons, who have never done anything, could make it this long. You should show your disgust in proper fashion and boycott those few, small things that crappy U.S. Americans (Let's give the Canadians and Mexicans a break by not lumping them in with the morons) are responsible for creating.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 11:26 7

23. cripton805 (Posts: 944; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


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Hows this for being American?

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 19:52

32. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Jealous cuz you're not

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 12:42 1

29. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


All that over the iPhone, and u have the nerve to call Americans morons? Hmmmmmm...

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 05:51 1

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So now share prices should head towards $1100 soon ... looks like none of these things are working ... :D

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 05:59 2

6. SIGPRO (Posts: 476; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Apple is just a hype it will over in a few years, almost every people i know with a iphone will not buy a new iphone, because Apple is behind the market and they just make small changed to their new phones. And they sell it for a silly high price for small upgrades.
Mark my words Max 3 years and Apple will be at the bottom!

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 06:47

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


woa remix should get a magic ball and make money out of it, again right on spot

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:16 5

9. synot (Posts: 267; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


What kind of journalism is this Mr Victor H. ? when was Samsung a U..S. smartphone maker ?.The article should read smartphone seller by Apple because the headline seem to suggest that Samsung is a U.S.company .Even when Samsung is the leading seller in U.S Apple is still the leading phone maker in the U.S. You cannot use the word maker when comparing a none U.S company with a U.S.company because it sends the wrong message to the public.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 01:48

35. stealthd (Posts: 969; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


It's really not confusing at all. Samsung sells phones in the US, that's all the title implies, not that they're a US company.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:17

10. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 246; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I like how when android surpasses apple at something its sort of described like " Samsung outsells apple... in Europe" but when the other way around its apple zips by or apple blew out this or that. Just a little bias just a little

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 09:01 1

16. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Lol was just about to say the same thing... You think by saying it zipped passed Samsung it would be a huge difference..

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:56

12. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


apple only says what makes them sound better even if its not true

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 08:18

13. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Apple u can never win with android nation, so keep doing what u do and don't try. Keep making world class devices, that deliver a great end user experience.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 08:40

14. tedkord (Posts: 4973; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They haven't really been trying since 2007, so that should be easy.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 08:51 1

15. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Say what u will, but who actually cares that really matters? U blast apple everyday all day, and for what gain? I'm sure there'll b more articles to rag on Ted... You'll get your apple hater fix.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 12:15

28. tedkord (Posts: 4973; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I give Apple credit where due. I've always started that the original iPhone was a revolutionary product. Just a week or so ago, I stated that three iPad was still the best tablet on the market. I also gave Apple kudos for shutting down that Chinese hiring agency that was sneaking kids in, and the deal they made ensuring the kids got their education.

I know it makes you more comfortable to believe I just have an irrational hatred of Apple, rather than well reasoned points against them, like their litigious behavior without merit, so you Judy go right on believing it. Never let it be said that I shattered anyone's delusions.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 10:06 1

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Wait a minute didn't Samsung out sold Apple in the 4th QT? think theres something wrong with this post

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 10:11 1

18. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Shhhhhh

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 11:00 1

21. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I might be that Samsung GS3 only outsold iPhone 5 in the fourth quarter. Remember, iPhone 5 did not reach expectations, while 4S and beyond still sold pretty well over the holidays.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 11:36 1

25. tntwit (Posts: 26; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


You gotta love it.

Every day is a new spin on some statistic.

One day Apple is on top, the next they are going down the tubes.

One day Windows is doing great and the next day not so hot.

Android did this, android slipped here.

And so on and so forth...whatever someone can spin to make an interesting article.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 11:57

26. ibap (Posts: 703; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Apple is an American company? Where are their phones made?

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 12:47

30. hepresearch (unregistered)


So, back in April 2012, PA posted this news article:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/56-of-survey-respondents-say-they-plan-on-getting-an-iPhone-Samsung-next-in-line_id29040

See comment #22, comment #30, comment #36, comment #38, and comment #41.

Now, here is my personal posting on my own website, in November of 2012, showing data charts and explaining math background a little more:

http://waltersconsultation.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/google-may-look-invincible/

I had been working on this little project of mine since August of 2011, and I am wondering if I will soon see the fruition of this prediction. Samsung's YoY increase of just 0.7 million units on a volume of 52.3 million units sold in 2011, when Apple's increase is 14 million units YoY on a volume of 29.7 million units sold in 2011, tells me that we may be near that "Android peak" that I had talked about before, and which should be happening right now (if not earlier). Notice that we had a decline in total mobile phone sales in the US, by nearly 10% YoY, and this did not stop Apple from seizing just over a quarter of all mobile phone sales market share (not just smartphones, so Apple's quarter of all mobile phones sold equates to nearly HALF of all US smartphones sold, since smartphones are still just over half of all mobile phones in the US)! My theory is that you will see Apple continue to grow in sales, and you will see Samsung begin to decline from this 2012 slaes plateau. This very data indicates that one out of every two smartphones sold in the US is now an iPhone, as of 2012's completion at year-end. I know that the data doesn't say that directly, but please just do the common sense math before you attack me for being 'stupider-den-da-brick'.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 23:49

33. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Cue the fandroid hatred anndddddd...GO!

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 01:00

37. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


once Apple makes variants of the iphone... they wil take back the trone... Samsung copied Apple to be number one.. and now Apple will copy Samsung to regain the lead.. ohh yes...

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