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Report: half of all phones activated last quarter in the US were iPhones, Samsung models followed (but not closely)

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Report: half of all phones activated last quarter in the US were iPhones, Samsung models followed (but not closely)

Recent data revealed by Chicago-based Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that 50% of all phones sold in the US in the fourth quarter of 2014 (October - December) may have been iPhones. Furthermore, according to CIRP, 26% of the handsets sold last quarter were made by Samsung, 11% by LG, 4% by Motorola, 2% by HTC, and another 2% by Nokia.

The data was gathered following a survey of only 500 mobile users who activated "a new or used phone in the October-December 2014 period" in the US. Thus, there's certainly a margin of error that we should take into consideration. Even so, it's safe to assume that Apple has had a fantastic quarter when it comes to iPhone sales. This is also evidenced by a report from earlier this month, which had it that iOS' market share rose to 47.4% in November in the US, while Android's market share lost a couple of percents, reaching 48.4%.

Needless to say, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (both released at the end of Q3) are mainly responsible for Apple's (probably record-breaking) quarter. They are Apples's largest and thinnest iPhones ever - allowing the company to finally have handsets that are similar in size to what the competition is offering. CIRP notes that, according to its survey, 25% of Samsung users and 18% of LG users who activated a handset last quarter switched to an iPhone. Is anyone surprised?

source: CIRP (PDF) via MacRumors

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posted on 23 Jan 2015, 15:51 8

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 21250; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple brought the noise, it is what it is.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:00

4. EC112987 (Posts: 774; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


+1 lmao

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:00

5. EC112987 (Posts: 774; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


Not a surprise bro

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 22:47

62. sgodsell (Posts: 3634; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


What I am surprised at is other articles from phonearena just recently stated that you can get $100 off of an iPhone 6 and $150 off the 6+. If they are selling so well, then why drop the price that much. Also a tiny sample of only 500 people were surveyed and from what location?

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:04

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 21250; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They're mad Apple, but oh well. Biz is biz.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 20:11 1

31. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Considering the Apple iPhone is the only phone with iOS, then it's obvious. It's not like they allow any other manufacturer to make another phone with iOS. If they allowed any other manufacturer to use iOS, then the graph wouldn't look like this. All the other manufacturers except Nokia and Blackberry share the same OS.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 03:48

43. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


What are you talking about? Share the same OS? Some of those companies also make Windows Phone devices. You're too stuck on OS. These are manufacturers. This isn't an OS war. Stop trolling.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 09:58 4

48. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


He makes a good point & the fact that you don't agree doesn't make it trolling. Imagine if all the other OEMs were allowed to make iOS devices. Apple wouldn't have such a big slice of the pie because people would buy Samsung iOS devices, LG iOS devices, etc too. Apple is the only way to get your iOS fix, so it makes sense that they have a huge part of the market. Nothing wrong with that, but it's just the way it is. Don't be so close-minded.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 13:31

55. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Yup. G2. Exactly my point. It's just how it is. I actually expected Apple to take more of that graph since this is specifically talking about Q4 and the new iPhones released Q4. Everyone knew this would happen. No surprise... Now I want to see a graph of all of 2014.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 13:50

57. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


iOS fix? Everyone is so stuck on the OS. It's an Apple product. Most people get an iPhone because it works. Not because they have an OS preference. Most people aren't familiar that there's even much of a difference. You're the one that is close minded in thinking the majority of people are geeks that know what OS does what. It's ignorance. The rest of the manufacturers only have to go download Android off the internet, make it s**ttier, and put it on their device. There is no cost to obtaining Android. They also have tons of cheap devices that Apple isn't even involved in. There are also a huge majority of people who don't want to pay for a flagship device. Apple has earned their margin. It wasn't because iOS is so much better and that's why people go to it. That people want an "iOS fix". Imagine these manufacturers putting their own OS on their devices. Most people on this site are close minded because they just favor an OS. It's all about OS. Android. Android. Android. Google is a software company. You don't see them on here. They don't make phones. This isn't a comparison between the two. Windows phone is also in there, along with Blackberry, along with anything else. Bottom line is, learn why the majority of people get an iPhone. It's not an OS war for most people. Don't be silly.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 13:53

58. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


That's fine. You don't have to understand. Doesn't make it any less true.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 03:59

65. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


If you don't think a very large number of people choose one phone over another because of its "OS" you're crazy. They might not say it directly in those words, but when people leave reviews on any phone they are usually basing their review off of their OS and the hardware. You assume people don't know what they're buying. If they put their hands on it at a display and experience a different OS between the two different phones, then theyre comparing the phone as a whole including the OS.

Im loyal to Android. Where an an iOS user is usually loyal to Apple. I have options to choose between phones. iOS users do not. And yes, they know what theyre buying especially if they're returning customers. It's a very simple concept to understand.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 20:03

68. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


Most users buy an iPhone because they want an iPhone. Most users don't know what OS means and most users don't even know it's iOS that they are using. And most people who have an Android power device have no idea what phone they have. A lot of times they pick a device depending on the suggestions people give them, as in their friends or the person selling the phone to them. Obviously you have never worked in sells.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 20:10

69. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


"Obviously you have never worked in 'sells'."

Lol. Clearly, you haven't either.

posted on 26 Jan 2015, 00:14

70. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


I have. It wouldn't let me edit it. Such a small mistake is the only thing you have going for yourself. How ignorant.

posted on 26 Jan 2015, 00:33

71. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I dont know where you're from, but every "legit" Verizon, Att, Sprint, and Tmobile has live phones on display. At least here in the US. If you think that people just simply point to a phone and pay hundreds of dollars you're crazy. I've had so many phones and I have been to many of these retailers and they "PHYSICALLY" show them the phone and it's features right then and there. How is that "NOT" directly showing them the OS? Like a car, people don't go to a dealership and point at a car without knowing anything about it. Some people do, but they usually take it on a test drive. Do you think Apple stores are just there for nothing? No. They are there to have live displays to "display" their hardware and OS. They literally pay their employees to do that.

posted on 26 Jan 2015, 01:45

72. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


You're ignorant if you don't get the point I was giving. Extremely ignorant. THEY DON'T CARE WHAT OS IT IS. I need to stop fighting ignorance. It is impossible. Most people decide on a phone based on what others say and their problems in the past with previous phones. If they had problems in the past with an iPhone, they more than likely won't ever go back to one. If they had lots of problems with Android, they might not consider any Android phone. Not because of the OS, but because they think that because they might have got a Galaxy phone 3 years ago and it was extremely slow that they never want to use Android again. Had nothing to do with the OS, but how would they know? They don't. They don't even know what the word "OS" means. They just want a phone that works and won't give them problems. The difference between iOS and Android aren't appealing to the majority of people. It is not an OS debate for them. They know what an iPhone is. They've heard of the term Android. If you have an Android device, I bet you could tell 90% of people the name of your phone is and they wouldn't know nor would they care about its specs and what it is. They care that it works and gives them what they want. And like you said, just like a car. Most people have no idea about a lot of the differences in cars either. It has nothing to do with the technology put into them when choosing it. They want all the features they need and they want it to work. And most of the time in the car industry, they want those things at a good price. That's what sells a car.

posted on 26 Jan 2015, 20:49

73. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


"If they had lots of problems with Android, they might not consider any Android phone. Not because of the OS"

That doesn't make any sense. You lost all credibility. Android is the OS. You basically just proved my point that the OS does matter. If they had a bad experience with Android they might switch to another OS for example. Thus PROVING my point.

You think people don't know what an Android, Windows, or Apple phone is. In which many people know by now. Unless you're talking to people that have never owned a smartphone. In which those people will probably go to a local retailer and physically shown the differences between the phones. They will be told which ones are Android phone and which one is Apple, or Windows. THIS IS SALES. THATS WHAT SALES PEOPLE DO. They don't sit there and expect things to sell itself.

posted on 27 Jan 2015, 16:26

74. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


That's because you're ignorant. I tried to give you an example, but apparently this is rocket science for you. I'll try again. For example, if someone goes out and gets a Note 3 and has a ton of issues, in your mind those issues are because of Android? Apparently you're one of the many ignorant ones that doesn't understand. The issues most Android phones have are because of the manufacturer. It usually isn't an OS problem. Some people might throw away the idea of Android because of one crappy phone they have or from what other people say. People not what an Android is and they know what and iPhone is. They don't know that they are OS's and they don't know what that means. They want a phone that works. They are heavily influenced by what other people say works, because they don't know any different otherwise. Both OS's would work perfectly fine for 90% of the population. It's not about OS. It's about if the phone works. There's nothing better about iOS that most people gravitate towards. There's nothing better about Android that most people gravitate towards. They gravitate towards something they know that works or something that people tell them works. iPhone's are a type a phone that normally just works and people can rely on that choice. It has nothing to do with it being a better OS. It's just designed hardware and software to work well together. Some manufacturers don't do a great job with putting Android on a device and slapping their own version of it on there. It's not Google's fault and the OS isn't to blame. That's why this is a manufacturer comparison. If Google made their own phones, you could bring up OS being the reason. But the best you'll get with Google making a phone is them teaming up with a manufacturer and making the software for the device. But those phones don't sell that well to most people. Most people have no idea what that is. So like I said, manufacturers, not OS.

posted on 27 Jan 2015, 18:54

75. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Just for the mere fact that you're so biased toward Apple, I don't know if that is what's wrong with you. I understand what you're trying to say, but it's flawed. Grab any phone off of a store shelf. What does it say? Android or Touchwiz? Android or Sense? People know what Android phones are. You are assuming people are really REALLY stupid. Why do you think Verizon Wireless has a tab DIRECTLY pointing people to either Android, Apple iOS, Windows, or Blackberry OS??? You don't believe me. Go on their website. Click on Shop, Smartphones, One the left side school down on the tabs, ---> Operating System

posted on 27 Jan 2015, 23:45

76. kristoferallen (Posts: 99; Member since: 23 Jun 2010)


I've sold phones. I'm not biased towards Apple. I was giving the reason why the general population gravitates towards it. And most of the population is technologically retarded. Like really bad. You have no idea. But a problem with Touchwiz isn't a problem with Android. It's not the OS's fault for any issues with the device. With Android devices, every phone is different. Just because it has Android on it, doesn't mean they anywhere near perform the same and all have the same reliability. Some manufacturers really f**k Android up for people. I've had an Android phone that was really cheap and ran a lot smoother than a Note 4. ZTE ZMAX. Has stock Android on it and runs butter smooth and has the highest battery rating of any phone. Doesn't have the best camera or GPU, but it shows you what manufacturers could be doing with Android. The iPhone sales wouldn't be 50% if manufacturers would keep the OS the way it should be. Even Google has said that they try to innovate their OS so that manufacturers wouldn't need to put skins on it or anything. Yet they can't help themselves.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 21:25 1

32. ThePython (Posts: 887; Member since: 08 May 2013)


lol and that's the main reason why I'd work there: Profitable company is profitable!

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 13:35

56. cripton805 (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I'm not sure if you're kidding. Idk, but I'm sure working for Apple with blood and sweat is not my cup of tea. To each their own. Unless you're talking about a really high up position that's still probably very stressful and demanding.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 15:51 4

2. nwright94 (Posts: 194; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)


With how Motorola is doing, I'm expecting their number to be quite a bit bigger in the future.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 15:53 4

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


LG is past Moto? Weird.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:21

16. SupermanayrB (limited) (Posts: 571; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


2012 & 1st half of 2013 weren't good for Moto.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:04

6. Planterz (Posts: 2071; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


HTC with only 2%, Motorola with 4% seems weird to me. In the past year, I only know 2 people who have gotten Moto phones, but several with HTC's.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:04 5

8. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


I personally hate the idea of having the same phone as everyone around me. I mean, if everyone has an Armani suit or a Mercedes Benz, does that make it a luxury anymore?

I am more than happy with my OPO as I have yet to see another person with one, no one that I am friends with knows what it is, yet it is nicer looking than the iPhone 6+, has a smaller foot print, and cost me about 1/3rd the money.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:23

18. SupermanayrB (limited) (Posts: 571; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


It's good to be an individual. I felt like that with all my Motorolas. Not so much with Note 4.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 17:08

24. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Yes, however, depending on where you live, OPO to others is just meh, its the lexus of the benz world. Nothing wrong with that, but that doesn't change its perception.

I mean, how many have the 930 where I live? probably 0 or enough that I wont see another unless I look hard for it. So does that make me even higher than the OPO? No.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 18:41

30. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


So do I. I'm very happy that I'm the only that has an htc on where I live at. It makes me feel special that i only have such a beatiful smartphone while the rest of them are just using the same

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 04:49

44. Leo_MC (Posts: 1481; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


If I were to use an Ericsson T28, I would probably be the only one in the city.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:06

9. EC112987 (Posts: 774; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


They have then best customer service but their service sucked when I had it years ago. I travel a lot for work and AT&T has proven worthy.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:07 1

10. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


25% for sammy in the US looks really nice.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:10 3

12. Takeharu (Posts: 210; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Amazon has 1%?!?! HAHAHA!! Poor people who bought the Fire Phone.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:12 1

13. PhoneCritic (Posts: 691; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Not a surprise, but I would caution that this is inductive and not deductive reasoning. The sample group was only 500 people so we have to be careful. Surveys like this have been done for the longest an are not (Most of the time) very reliable. Back during the presidential elections between Dewy and Truman - surveyors sample 300 people exiting the voting booths and ask did they "..vote democrat or republican?" from that small sample pole of 300 people they got high responses for Dewy Based on that the morning papers after the election read "Dewy Wins"
Guess what? He didn't. When the votes were tallied - there was a surge of votes for Truman late at night. Pollsters now preface their poles with margins of error - Here 500 people does not include the whole buying (smartphone) population of the US so, I would say the margin of error is pretty high here. However, I would also say Apple has had a record year since they gave the public what they wanted (Bigger screens).

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 17:11 1

26. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1646; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The headline was "Dewey Defeats Truman".

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:19 2

14. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


From now on is gonna be like that,

"Android" phones have lost the larger screen advantage they had, and YES the majority of people bought them for that reason.

Apple is very close at creating the ideal phone, soon they will put oled technology on iPhone screens, they will bump the mpixels on the camera at the same time iOS is becoming more and more open, technologies like Metal Api are already paying up with exclusive IOS games, Apple pay will be a must have for every customer.

Soon with the exception of the price tag, there will be absolutely no reason for anyone to buy android phones.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:28 3

19. tedkord (Posts: 11668; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, it will. Apple will see a surge in a release quarter, then drop off the rest of the year. It's nothing new, and each time a year later, Android has held or increased its share.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:30 5

20. tedkord (Posts: 11668; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Bigger screen. OLED screen. More open.

So, you're saying the more they become like Android and Samsung, the better they will do. Makes sense.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:30

21. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


So basically what you're saying is that Apple has to improve everything while lowering the price?

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:47 5

22. Scott93274 (Posts: 4607; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


One thing you have to remember is that half the people who were in the market for a new smart phone looked at the iPhone and said "No thank you", even with its larger display. Also, the last quarter in 2014 was the first quarter that the iPhone was on the market, if whoever tracks this data releases it again for the next three quarters you're going to see a massive dive in iPhone sales.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 17:11 1

25. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


No, most people or half the people you talk about, don't give a damn about the OS. They care about the price. There is a reason why up to 70% of androids are considered low end type of phones...and it is not because the average joe wants to ROM it or install a custom keyboard.

This last week, I had to deny 15 exchanges cause their devices were rooted under warranty and our system picked up the root. Their phones were getting stuck in a restart loop and if started didn't last long while on.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 00:41 2

38. Scott93274 (Posts: 4607; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


"most people or half the people you talk about, don't give a damn about the OS", I could say the same out the crowd buying iPhones. They're just parents buying them for their little preteen daughters because they have the Hello Kitty case they're so desperate to show off to their friends at school.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 16:36

59. Donone41 (Posts: 91; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


So all that you've wanted apple to build a Samsung device, but were afraid to say so? I know the feeling.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 17:22

61. Donone41 (Posts: 91; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


*Time*

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 01:52

63. refillable (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


This is just caused by the hype apple made of large screen phones, particularly in the US (their country of origin).

Since they have no real Innovation at all, and is playing catching up with other handsets, the future is clear for Apple. They're implementing technologies that android has been using for eons and there are not few of them.

It takes time for the mass market to notice that the old and innovative 'Jobs' era' is gone, and thus it takes time for Apple to go down with no real innovation. Since the demand is now shifting towards sub 200 phones, it will be fairly quick to see apple plummeting down later this year, or in a few years ahead. In fact, we could see them down to 10% this year. And maybe a mere

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 03:30

64. refillable (Posts: 1046; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Less than 5% if they continue this blunderous trend.

Soon with the mass market noticing that Apple isn't competitive anymore there is no reason to buy iPhones but to be cool and fashionable.

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 14:30

67. cyberobject (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jan 2015)


"Soon with the exception of the price tag, there will be absolutely no reason for anyone to buy android phones."

Yes I was thinking just the other day I wanted to buy a Ferrari but when I saw the price tag I just went ahead and bought a used Nissan.

Thank you Captain Obvious.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 16:21 1

17. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Are we surprised? Not really. Now bring out world wide numbers.. oh wait this is iphonearena wont happen.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 18:15 1

27. saucexD (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Jan 2015)


Lol world wide numbers. One OS compared to millions of phones running 3+ OS's, most of which are cheaper than dirt. Theres something called common sense. Use it. You people always make me laugh when it comes to "market share". :) xD

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 17:06

23. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Frak, no one brought popcorn?

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 22:41

34. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Where's WP on that pie, other?

Amazon made the cut.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 23:30

36. dimas (Posts: 2131; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I don't like iPhone but if it's about investing and business, apple is one hell of a company to beat.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 00:09

37. Doakie (Posts: 2005; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I personally prefer Android or even Windows Phone but is anyone even surprised by these numbers? We all knew there was pent up demand for a normal sized iPhone. They kept it small for too long.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 02:37 1

42. android_hitman (unregistered)


survey of only 500 mobile users ...

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 07:47

46. meanestgenius (Posts: 11552; Member since: 28 May 2014)


How can a poll of only "500 mobile users" equate to "half of all phones activated last quarter in the U.S."?

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 12:15

54. baldilocks (Posts: 743; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


That just means that the other half of users aren't buying into a name and actually want a SMART phone.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 16:39

60. Scott93274 (Posts: 4607; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


But the iPhone is a smart phone!!!... from 2011 standards. :P

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