Apple Edges Samsung as Top U.S. Mobile Phone Vendor in 4Q

Apple Edges Samsung as Top U.S. Mobile Phone Vendor in 4QThe Apple vs. Samsung dogfight – at least when it comes to the smartphone market in the U.S. – swayed in favor of the iPhone in the fourth quarter.
Apple became the number one mobile phone vendor for the first time ever, capturing a record 34 percent market share, says a new report from Strategy Analytics.
Apple shipped 17.7 million mobile phones for a 34 percent share of the United States market in the fourth quarter of 2012, thanks mostly to the iPhone 5. This was up sharply from 12.8 million units shipped and 25 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Samsung shipped 16.8 million mobile phones in the United States for 32 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Samsung’s market share rose 5 points from 27 percent a year earlier, but it was not enough to hold off a surging Apple.
LG remains the third largest player in the U.S. mobile phone market. LG shipped about 4.7 million mobile phones for 9 percent share of the market, falling from 6.9 million units and 14 percent share a year earlier.

One thought on “Apple Edges Samsung as Top U.S. Mobile Phone Vendor in 4Q

  • February 2, 2013 at 2:29 am

    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.

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