Report: half of all phones activated last quarter in the US were iPhones, Samsung models followed (but not closely)

Recent data revealed by Chicago-based Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that 50% of all phones sold in the US in the fourth quarter of 2014 (October - December) may have been iPhones. Furthermore, according to CIRP, 26% of the handsets sold last quarter were made by Samsung, 11% by LG, 4% by Motorola, 2% by HTC, and another 2% by Nokia.

The data was gathered following a survey of only 500 mobile users who activated "a new or used phone in the October-December 2014 period" in the US. Thus, there's certainly a margin of error that we should take into consideration. Even so, it's safe to assume that Apple has had a fantastic quarter when it comes to iPhone sales. This is also evidenced by a report from earlier this month, which had it that iOS' market share rose to 47.4% in November in the US, while Android's market share lost a couple of percents, reaching 48.4%.

Needless to say, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (both released at the end of Q3) are mainly responsible for Apple's (probably record-breaking) quarter. They are Apples's largest and thinnest iPhones ever - allowing the company to finally have handsets that are similar in size to what the competition is offering. CIRP notes that, according to its survey, 25% of Samsung users and 18% of LG users who activated a handset last quarter switched to an iPhone. Is anyone surprised?

source: CIRP (PDF) via MacRumors



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple brought the noise, it is what it is.

4. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

+1 lmao

5. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Not a surprise bro

62. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What I am surprised at is other articles from phonearena just recently stated that you can get $100 off of an iPhone 6 and $150 off the 6+. If they are selling so well, then why drop the price that much. Also a tiny sample of only 500 people were surveyed and from what location?

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They're mad Apple, but oh well. Biz is biz.

31. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Considering the Apple iPhone is the only phone with iOS, then it's obvious. It's not like they allow any other manufacturer to make another phone with iOS. If they allowed any other manufacturer to use iOS, then the graph wouldn't look like this. All the other manufacturers except Nokia and Blackberry share the same OS.

43. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

What are you talking about? Share the same OS? Some of those companies also make Windows Phone devices. You're too stuck on OS. These are manufacturers. This isn't an OS war. Stop trolling.

48. g2a5b0e unregistered

He makes a good point & the fact that you don't agree doesn't make it trolling. Imagine if all the other OEMs were allowed to make iOS devices. Apple wouldn't have such a big slice of the pie because people would buy Samsung iOS devices, LG iOS devices, etc too. Apple is the only way to get your iOS fix, so it makes sense that they have a huge part of the market. Nothing wrong with that, but it's just the way it is. Don't be so close-minded.

55. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Yup. G2. Exactly my point. It's just how it is. I actually expected Apple to take more of that graph since this is specifically talking about Q4 and the new iPhones released Q4. Everyone knew this would happen. No surprise... Now I want to see a graph of all of 2014.

57. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

iOS fix? Everyone is so stuck on the OS. It's an Apple product. Most people get an iPhone because it works. Not because they have an OS preference. Most people aren't familiar that there's even much of a difference. You're the one that is close minded in thinking the majority of people are geeks that know what OS does what. It's ignorance. The rest of the manufacturers only have to go download Android off the internet, make it s**ttier, and put it on their device. There is no cost to obtaining Android. They also have tons of cheap devices that Apple isn't even involved in. There are also a huge majority of people who don't want to pay for a flagship device. Apple has earned their margin. It wasn't because iOS is so much better and that's why people go to it. That people want an "iOS fix". Imagine these manufacturers putting their own OS on their devices. Most people on this site are close minded because they just favor an OS. It's all about OS. Android. Android. Android. Google is a software company. You don't see them on here. They don't make phones. This isn't a comparison between the two. Windows phone is also in there, along with Blackberry, along with anything else. Bottom line is, learn why the majority of people get an iPhone. It's not an OS war for most people. Don't be silly.

58. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's fine. You don't have to understand. Doesn't make it any less true.

65. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

If you don't think a very large number of people choose one phone over another because of its "OS" you're crazy. They might not say it directly in those words, but when people leave reviews on any phone they are usually basing their review off of their OS and the hardware. You assume people don't know what they're buying. If they put their hands on it at a display and experience a different OS between the two different phones, then theyre comparing the phone as a whole including the OS. Im loyal to Android. Where an an iOS user is usually loyal to Apple. I have options to choose between phones. iOS users do not. And yes, they know what theyre buying especially if they're returning customers. It's a very simple concept to understand.

68. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

Most users buy an iPhone because they want an iPhone. Most users don't know what OS means and most users don't even know it's iOS that they are using. And most people who have an Android power device have no idea what phone they have. A lot of times they pick a device depending on the suggestions people give them, as in their friends or the person selling the phone to them. Obviously you have never worked in sells.

69. g2a5b0e unregistered

"Obviously you have never worked in 'sells'." Lol. Clearly, you haven't either.

70. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

I have. It wouldn't let me edit it. Such a small mistake is the only thing you have going for yourself. How ignorant.

71. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I dont know where you're from, but every "legit" Verizon, Att, Sprint, and Tmobile has live phones on display. At least here in the US. If you think that people just simply point to a phone and pay hundreds of dollars you're crazy. I've had so many phones and I have been to many of these retailers and they "PHYSICALLY" show them the phone and it's features right then and there. How is that "NOT" directly showing them the OS? Like a car, people don't go to a dealership and point at a car without knowing anything about it. Some people do, but they usually take it on a test drive. Do you think Apple stores are just there for nothing? No. They are there to have live displays to "display" their hardware and OS. They literally pay their employees to do that.

72. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

You're ignorant if you don't get the point I was giving. Extremely ignorant. THEY DON'T CARE WHAT OS IT IS. I need to stop fighting ignorance. It is impossible. Most people decide on a phone based on what others say and their problems in the past with previous phones. If they had problems in the past with an iPhone, they more than likely won't ever go back to one. If they had lots of problems with Android, they might not consider any Android phone. Not because of the OS, but because they think that because they might have got a Galaxy phone 3 years ago and it was extremely slow that they never want to use Android again. Had nothing to do with the OS, but how would they know? They don't. They don't even know what the word "OS" means. They just want a phone that works and won't give them problems. The difference between iOS and Android aren't appealing to the majority of people. It is not an OS debate for them. They know what an iPhone is. They've heard of the term Android. If you have an Android device, I bet you could tell 90% of people the name of your phone is and they wouldn't know nor would they care about its specs and what it is. They care that it works and gives them what they want. And like you said, just like a car. Most people have no idea about a lot of the differences in cars either. It has nothing to do with the technology put into them when choosing it. They want all the features they need and they want it to work. And most of the time in the car industry, they want those things at a good price. That's what sells a car.

73. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

"If they had lots of problems with Android, they might not consider any Android phone. Not because of the OS" That doesn't make any sense. You lost all credibility. Android is the OS. You basically just proved my point that the OS does matter. If they had a bad experience with Android they might switch to another OS for example. Thus PROVING my point. You think people don't know what an Android, Windows, or Apple phone is. In which many people know by now. Unless you're talking to people that have never owned a smartphone. In which those people will probably go to a local retailer and physically shown the differences between the phones. They will be told which ones are Android phone and which one is Apple, or Windows. THIS IS SALES. THATS WHAT SALES PEOPLE DO. They don't sit there and expect things to sell itself.

74. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

That's because you're ignorant. I tried to give you an example, but apparently this is rocket science for you. I'll try again. For example, if someone goes out and gets a Note 3 and has a ton of issues, in your mind those issues are because of Android? Apparently you're one of the many ignorant ones that doesn't understand. The issues most Android phones have are because of the manufacturer. It usually isn't an OS problem. Some people might throw away the idea of Android because of one crappy phone they have or from what other people say. People not what an Android is and they know what and iPhone is. They don't know that they are OS's and they don't know what that means. They want a phone that works. They are heavily influenced by what other people say works, because they don't know any different otherwise. Both OS's would work perfectly fine for 90% of the population. It's not about OS. It's about if the phone works. There's nothing better about iOS that most people gravitate towards. There's nothing better about Android that most people gravitate towards. They gravitate towards something they know that works or something that people tell them works. iPhone's are a type a phone that normally just works and people can rely on that choice. It has nothing to do with it being a better OS. It's just designed hardware and software to work well together. Some manufacturers don't do a great job with putting Android on a device and slapping their own version of it on there. It's not Google's fault and the OS isn't to blame. That's why this is a manufacturer comparison. If Google made their own phones, you could bring up OS being the reason. But the best you'll get with Google making a phone is them teaming up with a manufacturer and making the software for the device. But those phones don't sell that well to most people. Most people have no idea what that is. So like I said, manufacturers, not OS.

75. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Just for the mere fact that you're so biased toward Apple, I don't know if that is what's wrong with you. I understand what you're trying to say, but it's flawed. Grab any phone off of a store shelf. What does it say? Android or Touchwiz? Android or Sense? People know what Android phones are. You are assuming people are really REALLY stupid. Why do you think Verizon Wireless has a tab DIRECTLY pointing people to either Android, Apple iOS, Windows, or Blackberry OS??? You don't believe me. Go on their website. Click on Shop, Smartphones, One the left side school down on the tabs, ---> Operating System

76. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

I've sold phones. I'm not biased towards Apple. I was giving the reason why the general population gravitates towards it. And most of the population is technologically retarded. Like really bad. You have no idea. But a problem with Touchwiz isn't a problem with Android. It's not the OS's fault for any issues with the device. With Android devices, every phone is different. Just because it has Android on it, doesn't mean they anywhere near perform the same and all have the same reliability. Some manufacturers really f**k Android up for people. I've had an Android phone that was really cheap and ran a lot smoother than a Note 4. ZTE ZMAX. Has stock Android on it and runs butter smooth and has the highest battery rating of any phone. Doesn't have the best camera or GPU, but it shows you what manufacturers could be doing with Android. The iPhone sales wouldn't be 50% if manufacturers would keep the OS the way it should be. Even Google has said that they try to innovate their OS so that manufacturers wouldn't need to put skins on it or anything. Yet they can't help themselves.

32. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol and that's the main reason why I'd work there: Profitable company is profitable!

56. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I'm not sure if you're kidding. Idk, but I'm sure working for Apple with blood and sweat is not my cup of tea. To each their own. Unless you're talking about a really high up position that's still probably very stressful and demanding.

2. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

With how Motorola is doing, I'm expecting their number to be quite a bit bigger in the future.

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

LG is past Moto? Weird.

16. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

2012 & 1st half of 2013 weren't good for Moto.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

HTC with only 2%, Motorola with 4% seems weird to me. In the past year, I only know 2 people who have gotten Moto phones, but several with HTC's.

8. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

I personally hate the idea of having the same phone as everyone around me. I mean, if everyone has an Armani suit or a Mercedes Benz, does that make it a luxury anymore? I am more than happy with my OPO as I have yet to see another person with one, no one that I am friends with knows what it is, yet it is nicer looking than the iPhone 6+, has a smaller foot print, and cost me about 1/3rd the money.

18. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

It's good to be an individual. I felt like that with all my Motorolas. Not so much with Note 4.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes, however, depending on where you live, OPO to others is just meh, its the lexus of the benz world. Nothing wrong with that, but that doesn't change its perception. I mean, how many have the 930 where I live? probably 0 or enough that I wont see another unless I look hard for it. So does that make me even higher than the OPO? No.

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