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Report shows more than half of U.S. teens own a smartphone

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Report shows more than half of U.S. teens own a smartphone
Android had a 51% share of the U.S. market at the end of July

Android had a 51% share of the U.S. market at the end of July

As recently as last year, 36% of U.S. teens had a smartphone in their pockets. But as Android models have been coming down in price, even with improved specs and more features on board (consider the $99 Motorola ATRIX HD), teens are replacing their featurephones for smartphones. The latest figures from Nielsen show that 58% of U.S. teenagers sported a smartphone as July ended. And it's not just the teens who are making the change. Those statesiders in the 25 to 34 age bracket have seen their ownership of smartphones increase from 59% to a whopping 74% over the same time period.

Among all mobile phone owners in the U.S., 55.5% owned a smartphone at the beginning of last month. A year ago, that figure was just 41%  Looking at purchases made in the states over the three months ended in July, 58.6% were Android phones. Nielsen's stats show that Google's open source OS is gaining many of its new converts from BlackBerry. The latter accounted for just 2.7% of the recent purchases made over the last three months and had a total 8% of the smartphone marketshare in the U.S. as of the end of July, which is quite a drop from the pre-touchscreen days. The Apple iPhone accounted for 33% of recently purchased smartphones and had a 34.7% slice of the pie overall.

source: Nielsen via Engadget

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posted on 10 Sep 2012, 19:44 1

1. nwright94 (unregistered)


I think every kid around here has an android boost mobile phone. That's good that there's cheap options to get a smartphone.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:18 3

4. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 819; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Boost mobile?
Really?
Where do you live?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:23

18. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


tmobile is cheaper if you already have a gsm phone(you could buy a used one for really really cheap even if it is in good condition)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:23

19. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


boost mobile makes money in the price of the phone(no carrier subsidies) and volume sales

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 19:47

2. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Great 50% of American teens owned smartphones, today kids are smart as adults. Even 5 years old can used laptop by themselves but no more American is going to the moon anytime soon. Chinese will be the next country to reach the moon in the near future.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:13

13. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


they are still treated like kids though

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 19:54

3. quakan (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


This is how my college campus looks: Android phones (low end to high end), iPhones (too many), Blackberries (foreigners for the most part), feature phones (30+ club and some teens), and Windows Phones (like 20 people...maybe). LOL

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:28 5

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


No surprise that most students like us will choose android... Because we not yet afford to buy an iPhone :D

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:53 3

9. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


iphones for all the rich spoiled white girls!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:24 2

20. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


peopel who thumbed down like rich spoiled white girls.. nah man its all bout them latinas :D

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:26 1

22. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


lol ...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:14 1

14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


what a joke. can't afford to bye one! more like worried what people and other's might call u owning, saying eyesh??p. Some are even ashamed to get there iPhone out. ...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:15 1

15. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


and while they use android, they will discover the advantages of android.

they won't just blindly go with apple because of its just "apple"

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:22

17. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


and there's a reason why there's a positive hype on it, isnt there?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:29

23. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


the iphone used to be good and unique as it merged lots of new features from other phones and combined them to a single device(notice that I didn't say created, invented. etc)

thats where the original hype originated(and well deserved back then).

now they make stale improvements but the mindless hype by isheeep still remains

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:41 2

25. wendygarett (unregistered)


You guys really need to calm down... Those 33% iPhone user are actually second handed...Dont hate... They just want it that's all...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:39 1

6. Slammer (Posts: 816; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


---" Nielsen's stats show that Google's open source OS is gaining many of its new converts from BlackBerry."---

Being in and out of colleges, I had noticed many that owned Blackberries, switched to the iPhone. As of lately, I've been noticing the slow transition to Android. A niece and nephew of mine, have stated that they have become "bored" with the iPhone. If this is any indication, it is this exact age group that holds the template for trend and society choice. The open platform and customization coupled with many different hardware styles, brings forth personalized experience. No age group accepts this combination more than the teens and early twenties.

Smartphones are the most indispensable tool for instant info. It is no surprise that this generation opts for this convenience.

John B.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:42

7. ChangMin2012 (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


In the English as a Second Language classes for Koreans that I teach to teens.

One has an Epic 4G Touch, another has a Nexus S, another has the original Galaxy S, while two have Pantech SkyPhones and another has a puny Galaxy Y, there were also people who considered LG (two students with Optimus LTE's) and one has an iPhone.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:51 2

8. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


im 17 and i still have a samsung flip phone from when i was 14.... Fml... Samsung FTW!

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 10:40 2

27. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


I am 17 and i remember i too got a flip phone when i was 13... Good times...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:20 2

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5636; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Half of those TEENS don't really need a smart phone. I never got myself a phone till i was 18yrs

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:39 1

12. wendygarett (unregistered)


You all sure have a happy life without a smartphone...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:22

16. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


yeah but they sure want some
yeah but im sure you have many things you don't NEED but have anyway

Examples: "eating out", "big house", "fancy car", etc

its like Christmas(or whatever you celebrate that is equivilant), basically anything you get from it is always a "want", not a "need"

technically all we need is food and shelter

of course these teens don't need a smartphone. they don't even NEED feature phone. what they need is one of the simple(old people) phones that do nothing but call(Nokia 3310)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:38

11. archeryhunter1993 (Posts: 17; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


i have the samsung brightside by verizon and its a great messaging phone! And i have the option to add a data plan if i want too. Cheap to own and i get the best coverage in the country!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:25

21. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


really jsut don't even bother getting data on a feature phone. the web browsers suck on all of them

only 4 exceptions i can think of

LG Prada
LG Arena
HTC Freestyle
Microsoft Kin 2

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:31

24. Raptor9142 (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


only half of teens owns a smartphone? thats disappointing.
even kids own a cell phone!
how come teens dont hve smartphone ? :O

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:30

26. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I believe it. Even though I'm 20, I got my first smartphone at 18. It was a Samsung Intercept and I put up with that POS for 2 years. I'm 20 now and upgraded to a Galaxy Nexus a couple of days ago. On my college campus, all I see around here are iPhones with the occasional Android phones, mostly DROIDs from Verizon. I will sometimes see a Blackberry and Windows Phone in the wild, but that's so rare.

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