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  (Source: Edible Blog)
iPhone likely seized over a half of all U.S. smartphone sales

AT&T Inc.'s (T) blowout quarter was newsworthy enough, but it dropped a bit of a shocker in its numbers release -- 7.6 million iPhone activated for the quarter, with 9.4 million smartphones sold.  That means the iPhone outsold Android and Windows Phone combined nearly 4-to-1 on America's largest carrier.

(Now some have pointed out that "activated" phones can include third party sales, free phones, etc. and are distrustful of AT&T's assertion that the "majority" of activated iPhones are iPhone 4Ss... in other words they're saying that Verizon and AT&T's iPhone numbers are skewed in Apple's favor.  But a report indicates that 9 out of 10 iPhones purchased are iPhone 4Ss -- and much of the remainder is likely iPhone 4 sales, so this seems like sour grapes. -JM)

Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) success with iPhone 4S is so startling that it deserves a recap:

The players:
  1. Verizon Wireless
    (joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD))
  2. AT&T
  3. Sprint Nextel Corp. (S)
  4. Deutsche Telekom AG's (ETR:DTE) T-Mobile USA
Results (Confirmed: AT&T and Verizon; Pending: Sprint and T-Mobile's, italicized):

iPhone dominates
So, the disclaimer here is that Sprint and T-Mobile did not report their quarterly earnings yet, much less their smartphone sales.  And judging by past earnings reports, Sprint may not give solid numbers for iPhone sales and neither carrier is likely to give concrete estimates of smartphone sales.  But there's no reason, based on past numbers, to expect these carriers to be selling smartphones at a significantly higher per-subscriber percentage than Verizon/AT&T.

Let's say we're horribly off and that the iPhone sold only ~52%.  Recent estimates show Canada's Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM) to hold about 6% of U.S. sales, while Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and others took up about 5 percent of sales.  That would place Android at around 37%.

The odd thing is even the best analyst estimates didn't see this coming.  They predicted a near tie for Apple in the U.S., but did not predict an Apple victory to this extent.

Android and Apple have had a dramatic role reversal.  Ironically this reversal came on a launch that many analysts complained lacked enough new features (the only major upgrade was Siri) to impress buyers.  

iPhone 4S
Analysts thought the iPhone 4S would flop.  How wrong they were.
[Image Source: The Tech Journal]

The iPhone on AT&T was boosted in part due to strong legacy sales -- the iPhone 4 retails for $99 USD with 2-year contract on AT&T, while the iPhone 3GS is free with contract.

Will the mass-market invasion of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in H1 2012 stem the rising iPhone tide?  Will Windows Phone finally gain a leg up in the U.S. market? There are plenty of unknowns for the upcoming year, but it is clear that Apple absolutely owned the holiday 2011 U.S. sales.

Source: AT&T



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Perverted
By Booster on 1/26/2012 9:19:09 PM , Rating: 1
Don't get me wrong - I'm an intelligent person. But somehow I can't get over the fact that people who use Apple have issues with homosexuality. Apple = faggy for me and I can't convince myself otherwise.

Everything is faggy about the iPhone in my eyes. Also, Apple seems so alien a company that represents everything bad and evil that I personally prefer to steer clear. I know some people have been turned by the iPhone, but don't let them fool you - it's what it had always been, it's Apple dude.




RE: Perverted
By Booster on 1/26/2012 9:21:10 PM , Rating: 2
I know it sounds pretty stupid and I should be probably banned for this, but it's a real issue for me. Perhaps I've chosed the words incorrectly. Next time I talk to a shrink will bring this up because it's been bugging me for the longest time.


RE: Perverted
By TakinYourPoints on 1/26/2012 10:13:54 PM , Rating: 2
You're too preoccupied with brand stereotypes. Focus on the product itself and its real strengths, perception and that other stuff is BS.


RE: Perverted
By Tony Swash on 1/27/2012 9:05:43 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
by Booster on January 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM Don't get me wrong - I'm an intelligent person. But somehow I can't get over the fact that people who use Apple have issues with homosexuality. Apple = faggy for me and I can't convince myself otherwise. Everything is faggy about the iPhone in my eyes. Also, Apple seems so alien a company that represents everything bad and evil that I personally prefer to steer clear. I know some people have been turned by the iPhone, but don't let them fool you - it's what it had always been, it's Apple dude.


You know what they say about homophobes don't you :)


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