Report shows more than half of U.S. teens own a smartphone

Report shows more than half of U.S. teens own a smartphone
As recently as last year, 36% of U.S. teens had a smartphone in their pockets. But as Android models have been coming down in price, even with improved specs and more features on board (consider the $99 Motorola ATRIX HD), teens are replacing their featurephones for smartphones. The latest figures from Nielsen show that 58% of U.S. teenagers sported a smartphone as July ended. And it's not just the teens who are making the change. Those statesiders in the 25 to 34 age bracket have seen their ownership of smartphones increase from 59% to a whopping 74% over the same time period.

Among all mobile phone owners in the U.S., 55.5% owned a smartphone at the beginning of last month. A year ago, that figure was just 41%  Looking at purchases made in the states over the three months ended in July, 58.6% were Android phones. Nielsen's stats show that Google's open source OS is gaining many of its new converts from BlackBerry. The latter accounted for just 2.7% of the recent purchases made over the last three months and had a total 8% of the smartphone marketshare in the U.S. as of the end of July, which is quite a drop from the pre-touchscreen days. The Apple iPhone accounted for 33% of recently purchased smartphones and had a 34.7% slice of the pie overall.

source: Nielsen via Engadget

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27 Comments

1. nwright94 unregistered

I think every kid around here has an android boost mobile phone. That's good that there's cheap options to get a smartphone.

4. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Boost mobile? Really? Where do you live?

18. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

tmobile is cheaper if you already have a gsm phone(you could buy a used one for really really cheap even if it is in good condition)

19. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

boost mobile makes money in the price of the phone(no carrier subsidies) and volume sales

2. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Great 50% of American teens owned smartphones, today kids are smart as adults. Even 5 years old can used laptop by themselves but no more American is going to the moon anytime soon. Chinese will be the next country to reach the moon in the near future.

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

they are still treated like kids though

3. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

This is how my college campus looks: Android phones (low end to high end), iPhones (too many), Blackberries (foreigners for the most part), feature phones (30+ club and some teens), and Windows Phones (like 20 people...maybe). LOL

5. wendygarett unregistered

No surprise that most students like us will choose android... Because we not yet afford to buy an iPhone :D

9. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

iphones for all the rich spoiled white girls!

20. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

peopel who thumbed down like rich spoiled white girls.. nah man its all bout them latinas :D

22. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

lol ...

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

what a joke. can't afford to bye one! more like worried what people and other's might call u owning, saying eyesh??p. Some are even ashamed to get there iPhone out. ...

15. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

and while they use android, they will discover the advantages of android. they won't just blindly go with apple because of its just "apple"

17. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

and there's a reason why there's a positive hype on it, isnt there?

23. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

the iphone used to be good and unique as it merged lots of new features from other phones and combined them to a single device(notice that I didn't say created, invented. etc) thats where the original hype originated(and well deserved back then). now they make stale improvements but the mindless hype by isheeep still remains

25. wendygarett unregistered

You guys really need to calm down... Those 33% iPhone user are actually second handed...Dont hate... They just want it that's all...

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

---" Nielsen's stats show that Google's open source OS is gaining many of its new converts from BlackBerry."--- Being in and out of colleges, I had noticed many that owned Blackberries, switched to the iPhone. As of lately, I've been noticing the slow transition to Android. A niece and nephew of mine, have stated that they have become "bored" with the iPhone. If this is any indication, it is this exact age group that holds the template for trend and society choice. The open platform and customization coupled with many different hardware styles, brings forth personalized experience. No age group accepts this combination more than the teens and early twenties. Smartphones are the most indispensable tool for instant info. It is no surprise that this generation opts for this convenience. John B.

7. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

In the English as a Second Language classes for Koreans that I teach to teens. One has an Epic 4G Touch, another has a Nexus S, another has the original Galaxy S, while two have Pantech SkyPhones and another has a puny Galaxy Y, there were also people who considered LG (two students with Optimus LTE's) and one has an iPhone.

8. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

im 17 and i still have a samsung flip phone from when i was 14.... Fml... Samsung FTW!

27. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

I am 17 and i remember i too got a flip phone when i was 13... Good times...

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Half of those TEENS don't really need a smart phone. I never got myself a phone till i was 18yrs

12. wendygarett unregistered

You all sure have a happy life without a smartphone...

16. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

yeah but they sure want some yeah but im sure you have many things you don't NEED but have anyway Examples: "eating out", "big house", "fancy car", etc its like Christmas(or whatever you celebrate that is equivilant), basically anything you get from it is always a "want", not a "need" technically all we need is food and shelter of course these teens don't need a smartphone. they don't even NEED feature phone. what they need is one of the simple(old people) phones that do nothing but call(Nokia 3310)

11. archeryhunter1993

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

i have the samsung brightside by verizon and its a great messaging phone! And i have the option to add a data plan if i want too. Cheap to own and i get the best coverage in the country!

21. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

really jsut don't even bother getting data on a feature phone. the web browsers suck on all of them only 4 exceptions i can think of LG Prada LG Arena HTC Freestyle Microsoft Kin 2

24. Raptor9142

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

only half of teens owns a smartphone? thats disappointing. even kids own a cell phone! how come teens dont hve smartphone ? :O

26. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I believe it. Even though I'm 20, I got my first smartphone at 18. It was a Samsung Intercept and I put up with that POS for 2 years. I'm 20 now and upgraded to a Galaxy Nexus a couple of days ago. On my college campus, all I see around here are iPhones with the occasional Android phones, mostly DROIDs from Verizon. I will sometimes see a Blackberry and Windows Phone in the wild, but that's so rare.

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