The Apple iPhone is the number one selling smartphone at three of the top four U.S. carriers

The Apple iPhone is the number one selling smartphone at three of the top four U.S. carriers
Counterpoint's Market Monitor just announced its latest report for the first quarter, and reported that a record 87% of all handset shipments in the January through March period were for smartphones. According to the research firm, the smartphone market in the states grew 7% year-over-year. During the quarter, rivals Apple and Samsung each led the way. The latter was the top supplier of handsets during the quarter, while the former was the leader in the delivery of smartphones in the period. Together, the pair controlled more than two-thirds of the U.S. smartphone market.

TCL-Alcatel took market share away from Huawei as the company moved into fourth place among U.S. handset producers, and became the fifth largest smartphone supplier in the states. Turning to operating systems, Android rose to account for 59% of the phones shipped to the U.S. in Q1, while Windows Phone accounted for 4%, an increase over the same time last year

With all four major U.S. carriers blanketing the states with LTE signals, 75% of the smartphones shipped to the U.S. in Q1 had 4G LTE support. Of those phones with LTE support shipped to the U.S., 70% of them were branded either Apple or Samsung.

Looking at information from the carriers, Apple had more than 50% market share at AT&T and Verizon, while the iPhone manufacturer represented more than a third of smartphones sold by T-Mobile and Sprint. Samsung was the top name at T-Mobile and at regional carriers. And interestingly, T-Mobile (including MetroPCS) has surpassed Sprint to be the third largest U.S. carrier based on smartphone sales. And T-Mobile is not too far behind AT&T. The figures include all MVNOs.

Lastly, after Apple and Samsung, Motorola is the third largest smartphone brand sold at Verizon. Nokia has the same honor at AT&T. At T-Mobile and Sprint, the third place brands are Kyocera and ZTE respectively.

source: CounterpointResearch via AppleInsider



1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Good news for Apple and the fans and iUsers

2. wilsong17 unregistered

look like tmobile user are smart and unlimited data with a 5 inch plus screen win win

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Or maybe because it's easier to get a cheap unlocked Android phone and use it on T-Mobile? Don't be ignorant

14. wilsong17 unregistered

Hmm no is t mobile flex play

34. g2a5b0e unregistered

Of course if you had actually read the article, you would know the phones being referenced are ones sold by the carriers, not unlocked ones. That's the thing about ignorance, Mxy. You don't know until you know.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I always know

49. g2a5b0e unregistered

Your comment clearly illustrates you didn't. Nice try though.

38. iushnt

Posts: 3176; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

or may be they actually were smarter!!

46. engineer-1701d unregistered

att had iphone first so most people that dont know anything about tech are on that, most people that get iphones are kids for school to try and fit in and girls/out of high school girls, we all know, if you want to make a phone call a text or look at a web page you use apple and your happy if you want all the best stuff in one machine and do that and have options to do much more and not have apple invasion of your bank account then you go android. thats all.

20. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Probably more likely due to T-Mobile being the last of the Big 4 to carry the iPhone. They've only carried it for a year you know.

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

They was refusing to sell the iPhone before

43. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010


3. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Surprised at Samsung and T Mo... I wonder what happened there.

9. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

1. The full price of iPhones is too much. 2. Most of the advertising I've seen recently from T-Mobile features the Samsung Galaxy S5.

26. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The full retail price is too much? T-Mobile prices, Samsung S5: $660 iPhone 5s: $648 HTC One M8: $636 So it is right in line with the other flagships.

36. iushnt

Posts: 3176; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

i think $648 is still too much for iPhone compared to other two handsets u listed

44. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

That's your opinion. There are millions of people who think different

47. engineer-1701d unregistered

no its not inline with the flag ships because the phone came out last year, if you are price lining it take what a new ip6 will cost the 5.5 screen not the 4.7

48. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

5s was also released 8 months ago. Pricewise, yes it is in line but in tech years its like 10 years old.

4. wilsong17 unregistered

So what you are really saying is iOS vs Android sales by OS on each carrier goes as follows: AT&T: iOS 52% & Android 48% Verizon: iOS 51% & Android 49% T-Mobile: iOS 24% & Android 76% Spring: iOS 36% & Android 64% What matters is not the device mfg but the OS. Since only one company makes iOS and many make Android devices. We certainly won't count Windows Phone or BB in this counting. Bottom line is Android still gets huge sales and iphones are greatly helped by the low end iPhone 4/4S for Free or $.99.

8. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 114; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

so true...i wonder what apples market share would be like if there were dozens of other iOS oems the way samsung is facing in the android market? this kind of statistic is only meant to make apple look and feel superior to other smartphones. sorry, im not blind ;o)

10. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

There are multiples of Android phones as well, and the iPhone with its 3 models still outsells all of them. And there are cheap/free Androids as well.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010


31. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

You do know there are cheap/free iPhones too, right?

35. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In a very few select markets. Most of the world, Android out sells iOS 4 to 1.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's a carrier called Spring? Mind = blown

5. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Note 3s have been on backorder several times since the launch, so I'm not really surprised Samsung outsold Apple on T-Mobile.

7. wilsong17 unregistered

using the note 3 on tmobile 61.5 gb lol

6. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

ONLY 3 out of 4? They can't even outsell Samsung on T-Mo smh. Very disappointing.

15. asun2

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 03, 2014

Apple practically have only two phones taking up the market. The 5c is not that great.

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