Apple Becomes the Largest U.S. Mobile Phone Vendor for the First Time

Posted February 1, 2013 at 4:31pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6560 views

Apple became the largest U.S. mobile phone vendor during 4Q12 capturing a record 34% market share, according to Strategy Analytics.

Mobile phone shipments grew 4 percent annually from 50.2 million units in Q4 2011 to 52.0 million in the United States in Q4 2012. The growth was driven by robust demand among consumers for 4G smartphones and 3G feature phones. However, despite a solid fourth-quarter performance, the US mobile phone market had previously contracted 16 percent for the first three quarters of 2012 due to economic uncertainty and tighter carrier upgrade policies. As a result, US mobile phone shipments fell 11 percent from 186.8 million units in 2011 to 166.9 million in 2012.

Apple shipped 17.7 million mobile phones in the last quarter for 34% of the U.S. market. Samsung shipped 16.8 mobile phones for 32% of the U.S. market. That's an increase of 5% year-over-year. Samsung had been the number one mobile phone vendor since 2008 in the U.S.

In third place is LG with 4.7 million units shipped for 9% of the U.S.market.

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Moe hect - February 3, 2013 at 5:10pm
Numbers don't lie, & if u can read & comprehend it's just for the 4th quarter, apple rules!
Hosein - February 3, 2013 at 4:02am
Apple 4s 64GB update resite
David - February 2, 2013 at 7:44am
This article is number-fudging. In fact Apple is being crushed. The competition is between IOS vs Android, not iphone vs samsung or some other maker. It doesn't matter who makes the shiny metal object - samsung, LG, or somebody else. Stats that do matter: Sales: android (152M in Q4 2012) is selling 3:1 over ios (only 47M in Q4 2012). Market Share: android (70.1% Q4 2012) is 3:1 again over ios (22% in Q4 2012). The rest is spin. Apple deserves this trouncing because it censors content and blocks free speech - including political speech - such as blocking antiwar and political cartoon apps. Maybe they should just move to China - both are so much alike. RIP Apple.
Chris - February 2, 2013 at 4:46am
I believe it; with the amount of iPhones I see ALL everywhere lol!!
assnumba - February 2, 2013 at 3:58am
more pulling number out from your ass?
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