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  (Source: comScore)

  (Source: comScore)
For three-month average period ending in October, Android nabbed 46.3 percent of smartphone share

According to new figures released by digital analytics company ComScore, Android-based devices made up 46.3 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in the three-month measuring period ending in October, representing a 4.4-percent increase over July's data.

Apple's iOS share also rose by 1 percent from July, claiming a 28.1-percent share of the U.S. smartphone market. Apple has been bolstered recently by the mid-October launch of the best-selling iPhone 4S.

The results for BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM), like much of the news surrounding the Canadian company, was not so stellar. The company lost 4.5 percent of its market share since the July report, ending October with just 17.2 percent. Both a widespread international outage and a business market that has turned its back on the BlackBerry brand in favor of the iPhone hurt he embattled company.

Microsoft and Symbian both saw a 0.3-percent loss over the same period, ending October with 5.4 percent and 1.6 percent respectively.

ComScore estimates that about 90 million people own smartphones in the U.S., a 10 percent increase from the preceding three-month measuring period that ended in July.

The report also included a ranking of top U.S. OEM mobile phone manufacturers. Samsung held firm at its top post, with a flat 25.5 percent. LG and Motorola, the No. 2 and No. 3 manufacturers in the U.S., both slipped a bit, although not enough to change rankings. Meanwhile, Apple (No. 4) was the only manufacturer to gain share, with a 1.3-percent surge to end October with 10.8 percent of the market.

ComScore estimates the approximately 234 million Americans ages 13 and up used mobile devices during the measuring period.

Source: comScore

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i am not 1 of the million
By luv2liv on 12/5/2011 9:48:01 AM , Rating: 3
sadly im not 1 of the million.
still using a dumb phone because my company refuses to pay AT+T another dime for data.
forcing data plan onto people using smartphones should be illegal!!!

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By quiksilvr on 12/5/2011 9:58:53 AM , Rating: 2
Um... you know you can just buy a smartphone and stick your SIM card in there, right? No 3G/4G needed.

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By supermitsuba on 12/5/2011 10:12:43 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, easy for GSM.
I feel his pain, because i have CDMA, and i know i have to have a data plan on verizon or sprint. I may go back to a feature phone cause internet on the phone isnt that much helpful. Data plans are convenient, but not worth it.

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By kittypuncher on 12/5/2011 11:06:11 AM , Rating: 2
I think quickslvr is suggesting to buy a smartphone, transplant corp SIM, and use data via wifi only. No data plan required. Slightly handicapped, but better than using non-edible, oversized snickers bar...

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By luv2liv on 12/5/2011 1:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
i cannot do that.
ATT can detect what type of phone i have based on IMEI. if it detects a smartphone, it will add data onto the plan. and then HR will give me a nice warning before firing me. it happened to other people already. not worth sneaking company SIM into my own purchased smartphone

i found out it is possible to change IMEI, but the method is not found on internet anywhere. would be nice if i clone IMEI of my dumb phone onto the smartphone.

RE: i am not 1 of the million
By sigmatau on 12/5/2011 2:02:51 PM , Rating: 1
LOL you don't own a personal phone? Cheap much?

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