Thanks to the Apple iPhone 5, Apple had 53.3% of U.S. smartphone sales in late November

Thanks to the Apple iPhone 5, Apple had 53.3% of U.S. smartphone sales in late November
According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, sales of the Apple iPhone 5 were strong enough over the 12 weeks through November 25th to propel the Cupertino based firm's share of the U.S. smartphone market to 53.3% The Apple iPhone 5 and its larger 4 inch screen (up from 3.5 inches on previous models) had been taking business away from Android in the States as Apple showed a year-over-year rise of 17.5% over that three month period vs. a drop of 10.9% for the green robot.

Also hit hard by the strength of Apple iPhone 5 sales during the same period was RIM. For the 12 weeks ended November 25th, the U.S. market share for BlackBerry branded handsets had slumped dramatically to 1.4% from 7% the previous year. The loss in market share for Android and RIM during the period accounts for all of Apple's pick up in market share during the same time. A large percentage of BlackBerry users have decided to move on rather than wait for the introduction of BlackBerry 10 next month.

As the 2012 holiday shopping season winds down, Kantar sees Apple scoring further gains. The firm did point out that Apple's leading position in the U.S. smartphone market doesn't carry over to Europe. In the "big five" European countries, Samsung has a combined 44.3% market share followed by Apple's 25.3%

source: Electronista

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56. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

This is the kind of news that causes Apple to get lazy and high on themselves. I see Android OEM's coming out even harder in 2013. Expect another 4 inch iPhone that brings nothing new to the table.

53. leetg01

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

This is just misleading data because it is just 12 weeks sales data since I phone 5 launched. Lagging iphone 5 demand exploding made a peak for a while, But the whole 2012 year share of IOS is just 20%, android is over 60%. This research is probably made for boosting Apple stock price. Don't be fool. It is just like trap to individual investors.

44. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Probably because of experiences like mine with the Galaxy SIII & it's mainboard causing freezing of devices, even after replacement, as well as previous Android phones freezing, so I'm happy with my black iPhone 5, so I can take care of business instead of a device helping me lose money by locking up on business calls. I just bought my wife the White version. Android in my opinion still has to control these manufacturers & carriers to get my money again.

48. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Don't know what you were doing to your phone, but not a single lockup in over 6 months with my GS3.

51. uncskeet

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Not a thing. I know phones very well, on all OS. The problem was Samsung's mainboard issue, & read the article from a few days ago. If yours have no issues, good for you. I on the other hand had 2 units do the exact same think even with no apps downloaded. Plus, I don't do the bias fanboy s***. Read PA's article title SOME SAMSUNG GALAXY S3's ARE DYING YOUNG. No point in combatting my personal experience.

43. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

The Mayans were right - This IS the end of the world for google fanboys

42. GoldenJoe

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Doomed, eh?

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Do you really seriously have to put the title saying "THANKS"?

38. chrisbo5

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Im really lost with this article. The last comscore graph showed android was at 54% and apple at 35% which was only october. how did apple jump 20% and android significantly drop?

47. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This is just sales over the single quarter, ComScore is overall share.

34. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

This is False, it goes against every other statistic out there for iPhone sales. Other forums are saying this same thing, Kantar was paid for, Apple is trying anything to make their stock go back up including lobbying. They've been loosing market share, not to mention I live in iPhones biggest selling region, Los Angeles, and they have gone down considerably in this region.

31. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

But Windows Phone eating into share of iOS in many parts of world already :)

28. zig8100

Posts: 244; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Stupid re-post. I dont get why they post this twice. Excited much? Lol We all know its only for this month or three month period.

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Wasnt there already an article about basically the same thing just the other day? What happened? Did they shut that one down or something?

23. jove39

Posts: 2152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Apple rising!

22. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

This doesn't surprise me at all, as apple is always done strong sales here in the USA. What matters though is how many of those phones r kept vs returned. They need to do a stat on that, keeping the phone past the return period is what actually demonstrates customer satisfaction.

21. rocko0011

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 08, 2011


13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I don't think it's exactly attributed the the iPhone 5 specifically.. The iPhone is a good solid smartphone, but it's what the iPhone 4 should have been 2 years ago. What your basically looking at is the pent up demand for the phone that the consumers wanted all along, plus... seemingly overlooked, is availability. iPhones are now more available than they were before. More availability + meeting consumer expectation = higher sales?! OMG stop the presses. You know, it could also be a fluff piece sponsored by investors to bolster that waning AAPL... but that's more a conspiracy level possibility.

16. androidisbaws

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

The iPhone 5 is what the 3GS should've been, android was already at the 5s level around that point

17. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Well, I was trying to give the benefit of the doubt... didn't want to appear as though I'm a basher. PA doesn't take to kindly to that. Might get myself moderated or something. ;-)

27. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You clearly don't remember what was out at that point do you...

12. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Reminds me of a friend of mine when he bought his iPhone he was like oh so awesome, now he's like this thing is boring, i regret buying it.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012


11. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Isn't this the period immediately after the iPhone 5 release? Let's check the stats the 3 months after the Galaxy S4 comes out. Bet the stats are a little different. Really need a full year cycle to get a good picture.

7. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

but overseas andriod has the market ....ppl in the u.s. just follow each other ....i hear ppl saty my friend has a iphone so ill get one smh ...pplk in the u.s. they're sheep


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

O no no good news! i thought the states are wise and smart and inteligent? Knowing that Apple reakly a bad company, they still buy Apple products...! This is there US pride, they are very loyal, how sad and pathetic, puuulleeeze™®©


Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

really error

5. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

This is probably true or close enough. Honestly where I work, when we sell a smartphone 9 times out of 10 its either an iPhone 5, 4S or the GS3.

4. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

I'd love to see the stats on this. At my location we sell 15 to 20 4 and 4S devices for every 5, b/c people want the phones on the cheap. Could be different elsewhere, but what I see every day in my store paints a VERY different picture for iPhone sales.

29. kellkeezy

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Same here man, where i work people all want the free ones more then paying 199

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