The Apple iPhone is the number one selling smartphone at three of the top four U.S. carriers
TCL-Alcatel took market share away from Huawei as the company moved into fourth place among U.S. handset producers, and became the fifth largest smartphone supplier in the states. Turning to operating systems, Android rose to account for 59% of the phones shipped to the U.S. in Q1, while Windows Phone accounted for 4%, an increase over the same time last year
With all four major U.S. carriers blanketing the states with LTE signals, 75% of the smartphones shipped to the U.S. in Q1 had 4G LTE support. Of those phones with LTE support shipped to the U.S., 70% of them were branded either Apple or Samsung.
Looking at information from the carriers, Apple had more than 50% market share at AT&T and Verizon, while the iPhone manufacturer represented more than a third of smartphones sold by T-Mobile and Sprint. Samsung was the top name at T-Mobile and at regional carriers. And interestingly, T-Mobile (including MetroPCS) has surpassed Sprint to be the third largest U.S. carrier based on smartphone sales. And T-Mobile is not too far behind AT&T. The figures include all MVNOs.
Lastly, after Apple and Samsung, Motorola is the third largest smartphone brand sold at Verizon. Nokia has the same honor at AT&T. At T-Mobile and Sprint, the third place brands are Kyocera and ZTE respectively.
source: CounterpointResearch via AppleInsider
1. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Good news for Apple and the fans and iUsers
2. wilsong17 (Posts: 735; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
look like tmobile user are smart and unlimited data with a 5 inch plus screen win win
13. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Or maybe because it's easier to get a cheap unlocked Android phone and use it on T-Mobile? Don't be ignorant
18. Heatfan316 (Posts: 332; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
OR maybe you're just upset that iPhone isn't the top selling phone on all four carriers, greedy just like the company you're infatuated with. Typical Apple user...smh!
34. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2105; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Of course if you had actually read the article, you would know the phones being referenced are ones sold by the carriers, not unlocked ones. That's the thing about ignorance, Mxy. You don't know until you know.
49. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2105; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Your comment clearly illustrates you didn't. Nice try though.
46. engineer-1701d (Posts: 415; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
att had iphone first so most people that dont know anything about tech are on that, most people that get iphones are kids for school to try and fit in and girls/out of high school girls, we all know, if you want to make a phone call a text or look at a web page you use apple and your happy if you want all the best stuff in one machine and do that and have options to do much more and not have apple invasion of your bank account then you go android. thats all.
20. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
Probably more likely due to T-Mobile being the last of the Big 4 to carry the iPhone. They've only carried it for a year you know.
22. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
They was refusing to sell the iPhone before
3. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Surprised at Samsung and T Mo... I wonder what happened there.
9. Neo_Huang (Posts: 286; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
1. The full price of iPhones is too much.
2. Most of the advertising I've seen recently from T-Mobile features the Samsung Galaxy S5.
26. promise7 (Posts: 297; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
The full retail price is too much? T-Mobile prices,
Samsung S5: $660
iPhone 5s: $648
HTC One M8: $636
So it is right in line with the other flagships.
36. iushnt (Posts: 601; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
i think $648 is still too much for iPhone compared to other two handsets u listed
44. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
That's your opinion. There are millions of people who think different
47. engineer-1701d (Posts: 415; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
no its not inline with the flag ships because the phone came out last year, if you are price lining it take what a new ip6 will cost the 5.5 screen not the 4.7
48. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
5s was also released 8 months ago. Pricewise, yes it is in line but in tech years its like 10 years old.
4. wilsong17 (Posts: 735; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
So what you are really saying is iOS vs Android sales by OS on each carrier goes as follows:
AT&T: iOS 52% & Android 48%
Verizon: iOS 51% & Android 49%
T-Mobile: iOS 24% & Android 76%
Spring: iOS 36% & Android 64%
What matters is not the device mfg but the OS. Since only one company makes iOS and many make Android devices. We certainly won't count Windows Phone or BB in this counting.
Bottom line is Android still gets huge sales and iphones are greatly helped by the low end iPhone 4/4S for Free or $.99.
8. vikingsfootball09 (Posts: 41; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)
so true...i wonder what apples market share would be like if there were dozens of other iOS oems the way samsung is facing in the android market? this kind of statistic is only meant to make apple look and feel superior to other smartphones.
sorry, im not blind ;o)
10. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 164; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
There are multiples of Android phones as well, and the iPhone with its 3 models still outsells all of them. And there are cheap/free Androids as well.
31. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
You do know there are cheap/free iPhones too, right?
35. tedkord (Posts: 4282; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
In a very few select markets. Most of the world, Android out sells iOS 4 to 1.
12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
There's a carrier called Spring?
Mind = blown
5. scsa852k (Posts: 274; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Note 3s have been on backorder several times since the launch, so I'm not really surprised Samsung outsold Apple on T-Mobile.
6. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
ONLY 3 out of 4? They can't even outsell Samsung on T-Mo smh.
15. asun2 (Posts: 12; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)
Apple practically have only two phones taking up the market. The 5c is not that great.
37. iushnt (Posts: 601; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
it was their choice..samsung makes many phones and are still being able to sell s5 the most..
16. twens (Posts: 519; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
This is just the US. When you come to my country I can guarantee apple only sells about 18% iPhones. The rest all belongs to samsung. Lol
It's like a samsung infested country.
17. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
3v3n here in italy iphones and galaxy are everywhere
45. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
Source? Where did you get that number from?
19. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I kinda dispute the 3rd place for ZTE on Sprint... I rarely ever see ZTE handsets on customer accounts. The iphone figures make since, since AT&T and Verizon have the most ios people, they had the Iphones first after all.
21. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
It's kinda hard to dispute it when you only have access to a small number of customer accounts as opposed to a large marketing firm.
24. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I work with both customers and with store reps. I think I've had 1 store rep activate a ZTE phone in the past month. It is overwhelming Apple or Samsung, but I see LG, HTC, and even Kyocera more often than ZTE. The marketing firm needs to do some fact checking.
25. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
ok, this is easy - develop your mind and realize that you do not have to purchase an iPhone, a Samsung, HTC, or LG product to have a smart phone - there are plenty of other companies willing to sell you a great product for much less...
27. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 889; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
apple is still the king, and always will be..period
29. alaw.14 (Posts: 119; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
in the u.s. apple is no competition to android globally or even samsung itself
28. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Congrats to all of my fuzzy little four-legged friends. Yet another iChart proclaiming you the winner (too bad your existence is so subjective).
39. Arte-8800 (Posts: 3086; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Papinyc hit the nerve
Truth really hurts