New report claims half of Note 7 owners will be moving to the iPhone, but it's mostly a sham

New report claims half of Note 7 owners will be moving to the iPhone, but it's mostly a sham
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 might be dead, but that hasn't stopped for more and more reports about the phone from coming in. The company recently sent out a statement saying that they're going to be implementing "significant changes" when it comes to their quality assurance program, and the research firm BayStreet conducted a survey that said 70% of Note 7 owners would be staying with the Samsung brand. However, another research firm by the name of IDC conducted their own investigation, and the findings were a bit different.

IDC reports that they held their survey between October 17 and 18 - just four days after Samsung officially announced that the Note 7 was dead - and it consisted of three separate groups of smartphone customers. Those groups included people who were past Samsung smartphone owners (347) and folks who have never owned a Samsung product (228). This resulted in a total number of 507 people that were interviewed, but IDC says that just 24 people who participated in the survey were actual owners of the Note 7.

So, of those 24 people, half of them reported that they "have or will choose an Apple iPhone" over another Samsung product. Just 17% of Note 7 owners said that they'd opt for another Samsung-made phone, but with such a small number of people actually being Note 7 owners, this survey is about as deceptive as they come. Saying that half of Note 7 owners will be moving to the iPhone sounds like Samsung is losing a large chunk of their customers, but in this case, half means a grand total of 12 people. That's hardly anything, and is far from indicative of the whole Note 7 user-base.

Anthony Scarsella, a research manager for IDC, did go on to say that if the launch of the upcoming Galaxy S8 is successful "consumers will quickly forget the Note 7 fiasco..." Although it's been estimated that Samsung's lost billions of dollars because of the failed Note 7, the Galaxy S8 is quickly shaping up to be a pretty exciting phone. Samsung itself has even started to tease the new device, but now it's just a matter of waiting to see if the company can pull itself back off the ground after all of this hassle.

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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Someone is trying really hard to bring Samsung down and actually made an impact.

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

It's the Russians.

14. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL!!!! That's hillary's answer to every problem.... btw Samsung IS down at the moment and no one needs to prove it to anybody.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but so is Apple, and I think this report is more to prop up sinking Apple stock than bring down Samsung. A lot of US companies have their hand in the Apple pie and are trying their best to keep that over inflated stock from tanking

25. truthwins unregistered

NO she is right that it is Russia who are trying hard to bring samsung down

29. tedkord

Posts: 17480; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hillary has the Russians, Trump had everybody else (the media, the unions, the bankers, etc...). The difference is, there is actually evidence to support her accusation.

5. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

Phone arena is a sham for posting this sham

23. TerryTerius unregistered

I would disagree with that. Deceptive BS like this should be called out. I'd rather know.

30. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I suppose it is Apple or Huawei who wants to bring Samsung down. Maybe I am wrong, but this is what I think(anyway I am not a hater of either brands, just sayin my opinion!)

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Considering the brand damage the Note 7 caused, I can see it happening. It's not just about the people who had Notes or who are already in the Samsung ecosystem, it more about the potential buyers that they will lose that never owned a Samsung. They will certainly go to the completion. As for the S8, it will be released in 2017. The problem is that 2016 was the year that Sammy could have capitalized on Apple keeping the same design for another year. Guess what, there will be a thing called the anniversary phone looming(aka iPhone x). Combine that with the new headquarters and possibly new iPad, Apple TV, etc, it's going to be a tough year for Sammy. The S8 will be successful with the fanboys, but the general public will more than likely give it a side eye thanks to the Note 7.

13. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yep. It was only "fanboys" that still bought Toyota cars after they had to recall more than 8 million cars because of fatal accidents (gas pedal debacle). Oh wait.

17. willard12 unregistered

Only a fanboy would cite new headquarters and an iPhone anniversary as a reason to buy a device and something that makes a big year for consumers. If "the anniversary " is a big deal, you're pretty much admitting that for years they've given you nothing but incremental updates. But, on year 10, they're just gonna "bring it". Why? Because it's the anniversary, that's why. Well, here's to hoping that after 10 years a whole lot more technology will be ready for "prime time". But, I'm thinking next year we will all still be talking about how great it scores in benchmarks.

4. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Where was the study conducted? I'm visiting Argentina and it looks like Samsung dominates with 75% of the market. I doubt the US fiasco will have much effect here.

6. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Ps. I ditched my note 7 for S7 just before coming. I took 4 flight during the recall but wasn't going to mess with the ban.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

ignore it, its from IDC... they talk BS... back then, they also predict windows mobile will surpass iOS by 2016

7. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

So only 12 people want to switch to iPhone. Why bother to report this news? SMHLCD

9. Alex11092

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 25, 2015


8. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Who cares anymore? The Note 7 is officially dead and it's time to move on.

10. Joms_US

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Reported by who? Just a worthless iTard who can't get a proper life. And of course iPhoneArea bites all the time with this nonsense. Every single article, iPhoneArena will mention Note 7 fiasco.


Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

I dont believe but this article.

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Which is it PA? A frequent tech expert say these numbers are false. He says something like 90 % will remain Samsung faithful. It's about time to move on to something new SamsungArena.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You mean iphonearena Will Samsung will have my money for the note 8

16. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

switchers always Welcome.

19. NicAngel unregistered

In your a**

21. tyson3

Posts: 65; Member since: May 15, 2012

I did switch to the iPhone 7 and have no complaints but I miss my note 7! That phone was perfect for work and everything else I did! Don't get me wrong the iPhone works but still has its issues as well! I hated turning that phone in twice now and I hope the give an opportunity to get the note 8 for all those who purchased it!

22. ramdroid

Posts: 138; Member since: May 21, 2016

Phone arena. Are u serious?

24. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

The denial in this article is real. As I've said in other places, Apple stands to gain THE MOST with this s--- from Samsung with their Note Nukes. Any attempt to shoot down that fact is just an exercise of blind faith and arrogance. Just like the Brexit polls or Donald Drumpf. But yeah, just 24 people who owned the Note Nukes? That's an awfully small number.

28. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Not really. If you think about it, people are pretty loyal to their chosen OS's at this point, so I can't imagine a huge exodus because of one bad device. People are intelligent enough to see this as a Samsung problem and NOT an Android problem. I'm sure there are going to be a few that switch to iOS, but for the most part other Android manufacturers have the greater chance of benefiting from all this. Perfect timing for the Pixel XL and the V20.

26. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

is the iPhone really a Note7 alternative? they don't even play in the same league...on one hand we have the features packed note and on the other we have a blowout version of an i the only one who think it's stupid to even compare those two phones?

27. mi7chy

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

Highly doubtful anyone would downgrade from Galaxy Note to iPhone. That's like going from a motorcycle to a bicycle with training wheels.

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