Apple iPhone 5s was the top selling smartphone in the U.S. last month

Apple iPhone 5s was the top selling smartphone in the U.S. last month
For those who figured that the mid-range Apple iPhone 5c would cannibalize sales of the Apple iPhone 5s, guess again. The new full-featured version of the iPhone managed to lead all four major U.S. carriers in smartphone sales for the month of September even though the phone didn't launch until September 20th. Over the opening weekend, Apple said it sold 9 million units of the two new iPhone iterations. With an estimated 3 to 1 ratio in favor of the higher priced model, simple algebra tells us that if that sales ratio is correct, Apple sold 6.75 million iPhone 5s handsets during the first three days. That would mean the new top-shelf iPhone blew past the 5 million units of the Apple iPhone 5 that were sold over last year's opening weekend.

The report about the Apple iPhone 5s topping the sales charts last month at all four major stateside carriers comes from Canaccord Genuity. And while the latter did not provide sales numbers, it did say that the Samsung Galaxy S4 was number two at times during the month, and occasionally dropped to third thanks to what Canaccord Genuity is calling "strong sales" of the Apple iPhone 5c. That would contradict some reports that had the candy coated iPhone missing out on the demand seen for its more debonair brother.

Not all handsets did well last month. The BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 had "very soft" sales in September, while the HTC One had a "very weak" month.

Canaccord now expects Apple to sell 52 million units globally in the fourth quarter with Samsung close behind.

source: CNET

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139 Comments

1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

It's a good phone, of course it will sell.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No it's not a good phone. It's a GREAT phone.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True words Mxy, true indeed. +1

11. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

pat yourselves on the back much? raw raw apple iFollowers make me laugh, that is laugh equals cringe. When the Galaxy Note 3 is the best selling phone of Oct you wont see phandroids makin a hoot and holler, cause nobody but S heep care about each incremental S hit

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sure they will, you're asleep if you don't think the Sammites will hoot and holler. That's all they do.

26. techaman unregistered

since when and if they do its because of something new on the phones not used or stolen.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice attempt at a comeback, but the point remains bro. Sammites are huge hooters (no pun intended), and love to holler about sales figures. Man up, and accept it.

44. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yeah, the statement in the article makes perfect sense, "iPhone managed to lead all four major U.S. carriers in smartphone sales for the month of September even though the phone didn't launch until September 20th," especially since they ALLLLLL line up at the same time once a year, as opposed to month-by-month sales. Yet another marketing gimmick from Apple: "our phone is so popular that people line up (on all fours) to buy it at the same time in one month because they've been so unhappy for 11 months prior, stuck with the previous limited model; this makes us look good for a few months until people start griping again - my phone can't do this, my phone can't do that, my phone's way too small!"

52. stealthd unregistered

People make a "hoot and holler" about android phones all the time. What world do you live in? Someone's more than a little butthurt about their least favorite phone getting the limelight again.

134. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Samsung has a way of being hot for like 2 hours & then you feel the need to move on to the next. It happened w/the GS3 & now the GS4. Something's missing from Samsung's recipe...& idk what it is. It's gonna be the same thing w/the Note3, unfortunately. I've said it before & I'll say it again...Samsung is going the way of Apple in its complacent designs & minor improvements. The only diff. is Apple knows how to sustain interest. We'll have to see if Samsung can accomplish the same loyalty to the mundane. That being said, 8 month old GS4 for sale $500...any takers?

33. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

By isheep opinion anything with an apple logo on it is perfect. I can put an apple logo on my next dump and isheep will claim its the jesus poop.

10. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

No it's not a great phone. It's an EXCELLENT phone.

13. alexfiran

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

it has signal problems..in an appartment it can't reach 3g

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What sense did that make? Nothing I ever had on tmobile worked in my old apartment, but out side ithwy were excellent. Geography plays a major role in signal strength/reception. C'mon get real dude.

115. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Sucks to be you then

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love mine. 64 gig At&t space gray. Super fast, smooth, responsive, and gorgeous with great battery life too.

28. techaman unregistered

so why am i seeing all the problems with the phone from glitching screens screen freeze 3 updates in 3 weeks to fix problems and many other things go to youtube or look up phonearena's news on the problems with screen pics of problems and reviews. 5 was a good phone but restricted use to owner. LIKE I ALWAYS SAY IF SAMSUNG AND APPLE MADE A PHONE TOGETHER WITH OPEN ACC. that would be the best newest phone. ow by the way samsung is the one that makes most of the parts in the apple phones all apple does is take a year to think about weeking the ois.

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See post 16. You'll say see post 28, so see post 16.

12. SleepingOz unregistered

eh? not really..

139. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Wrong again. It's a. Mediocre phone. They could have done more with it considering the technology leap between this year and last. Planned obsolescence at its best.

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Its a good 4inch phone. But iOS 7 is going to bring it down. I sold my iphone 5 and bought my first two androids HTC ONE and LG G2 ......Life is good. Good luck Apple.

7. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Nice decision

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Absolutely love your screen name as a die hard Yankees fan, but disagree about ios7. It has the normal early release bugs, but is awesome. Enjoy your new devices DJ. hope they work well for ya.

57. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

No better player in baseball. Thanks about the name. Also being a huge Apple fan i thought Android would not be up to par with iOS, only speaking about smoothnes, but i must say that my LG G2 is butter smooth. I guess its only the Galaxy phones that lag due to all those gimmicky functions. Im loving this phone.

62. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My BFF just got a G2 and raves about the fluidity too. He sold he's HTC One, and got it.

69. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

"My BFF"????? 'You GO Girl!!!'

76. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What i like about the ONE is that when i stream my music in my car my 3 JL audio subs just bump better than on any other phone. My wife has the S4 and she has 2 JL audio on her car and they sound good but not as good. We both have Alpine after market radios and our speakers are both Focal. Evrything in my car sounds better with the one. When i had my iphones, the system would sound just a little clearer but not as loud.

93. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I used to run Kicker, and Orion hcca amps bridged to 1/2 ohm. Had to use fans though lol.

72. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Awwwh man, now you'll never get rid of him. You may as well ask him for dinner.

75. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhh I got a wife for that dude. I love her so much, hot as heck, smart, cute, sexy, and a total goofball. Loves to laugh, watch ball, and just chill with me. Thank god for that lady.

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