No shocker: more than 50% of U.S. adults own a smartphone

No shocker: more than 50% of U.S. adults own a smartphone
According to the latest Pew Report, 56% of U.S. adults are now the owner of a smartphone. Even a majority of those in the 18 to 24 year old demographic, many of whom are working for minimum wage, sport a shiny new smartphone. Keep in mind the wording of today's pronouncement. In the past, we've noted that more than 50% of U.S. cellphone owners were using a smartphone. Today, Pew is saying that more than half of the population in the U.S.has a smartphone in their pockets. The latter is much more of an achievement. Overall, 91% of Americans own a cellphone

The 56% reading is a huge increase from the 35% of Americans that said they owned a smartphone in the spring 2011 survey, and is also up from the 46% seen last year. This year's report also shows that a majority of smartphone owners in the U.S. have attended college with 78% of them earning more than $75,000 a year.  A whopping 79% of those in the 18 to 24 year old group owns a smartphone. On the other hand, 18% of those over 65 are carrying a smartphone. Certainly that demographic usually feels more at home with the Samsung Jitterbug. Meanwhile, 40% of U.S. Apple iPhone owners say that they earn over $75,000 a year compared to the 31% of Android users who say that they earn the same amount.

In the U.S., 28% of all cellphone owners (not just those with a smartphone), say they own an Android handset while 25% say that they are the owner of an Apple iPhone. Two years ago, 10% of U.S. handset owners said that the phone in their pocket was a BlackBerry. Today, that number has dwindled to 4%.


source: Pew via AllThingsD

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11 Comments

1. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I'd be more surprised if Americans dont own smartphones. I read a lot of complaints in many tech websites coming from Americans, and those complaints consist of First World problems where most people on another part of the globe couldnt care less, or have total no access to such technology. Best example is LTE, and how Nexus 4 costs only $300 (but costs up to double elsewhere), and talking sh!t about mid or low end phones.

2. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

And 80% of that people don't use and don't know how to use a smartphone!But They have a iPhone!

3. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I thought the iPhone is a feature phone trying to be smart? /s

5. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

iPhone is smart but different way!

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Palm OS has more smartphone features than IOS ever will

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

With the absolutely HORRIBLE selections of feature phones in the US, is there any wonder why everyone has a smartphone? The OEMs are all heavy into making the next iPhone of iPhone killer, they've completely ignored those who don't want a smartphone. Thats where Nokia is going to step in and capitalize. The Asha is nowhere to be found in the US, but is doing very well in other countries. I think the carriers are trying to kill the feature phone here in the US.

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Not true at all you can get cheap phones online for like $200-250ish with 1080p screens and all that crap, Americans are just stupid enough to get ripped off and spend $650 on a phone that cost like $200 to make.

8. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I think everyone spends that much on a flagship phone; I purchased my Lumia 920 unlocked on launch day late last year for USD $650, but got coupons being an early bird that enabled me to buy wireless charging stand. I have no problem paying that much for a phone - just a few years ago prices of smartphones are worse - Nokia N95 cost like USD $900 here. Currently recommended retail price of HTC One is USD $750 here, and an iPhone 5 costs at least $800. It is possible to get it a bit cheaper though. And to be honest, my country has one of the cheapest prices of unlocked smartphones compared to other countries, because all smartphones are exempted from tax.

9. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

So you're saying carriers have these devices but are hiding them in the stores and on their websites. Not everyone shops online. Not every American has the Internet. And not every American is stupid and maybe they just want the $600 phone more that the $200 model. And please, if you know of any 1080 display feature phone, please post a link. I'm very interested.

10. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

So if more than 50% are adults with Smartphones, what makes up the remaining 40+% ? (Answer: children with iPhones)

11. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

In Israel we have more smartphones than people. Officialy. And everyhting costs twice as much here. The US is a large country. That's why smarphone adoption isn't yet total, and prices are cheaper than elswhere. Demand is less pronounced.

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