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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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RE: Just goes to show
By Reclaimer77 on 1/27/2012 12:04:42 AM , Rating: 2
Those are like the dumbest examples ever. It's like you expect your phone to read your mind or something. In every case, that is EXACTLY how the back button should work. Browsers have used cache files since ummmm 1990 something? That's why it can remember your place and the last page you visited.

Also I'm sure if you took five seconds in the app options screen, you could probably change the default behavior with some of this stuff. Oh yeah, I forgot, silly me. That's too hard. Apple fixes this pesky issue by simply making you do everything they way THEY think you should.

Also ICS fixes the menu issues and quite a few others. So we're arguing over stuff that's already been fixed. Excuse the hell out of Google for not getting Android perfect right off the bat like every other piece of software apparently.

RE: Just goes to show
By tayb on 1/27/2012 12:45:28 AM , Rating: 2
Like, totally, like the dumbest examples evar! Like, for real!

I expect the back button to behave in a consistent manner across the phone. It doesn't and I provided two specific examples of how it doesn't. Sometimes it takes you to a previous application, back a screen, back to a page you were on, or anywhere else. It isn't even remotely consistent throughout the OS and this is a well documented complaint.

If I am in a music application deep within the folders I expect a back button to take me up a level in the folder structure and keep doing so until we are at the root and THEN remove me from the application. That's how it works on the browser, in the messaging application, in the email application, and a few other areas.

We aren't arguing. An argument is when there is a dispute over fact or opinion. The inconsistent menu and back buttons are neither opinions nor facts in dispute.

Regardless, you trolls bend your arguments to suit whichever situation is at hand. In this instance iOS is complex and not easy to use. Next week when talking about how customizable Android is the iPhone will be child's fodder. You guys are worse than politicians.

RE: Just goes to show
By Reclaimer77 on 1/27/2012 9:12:30 AM , Rating: 2
I expect the back button to behave in a consistent manner across the phone.

Well that sounds like a personal problem. Sorry the world isn't build on your expectations of things. And how is that some huge deal anyway? You use the thing everyday and can't remember how it works? It's THAT hard?

Regardless, you trolls bend your arguments to suit whichever situation is at hand. In this instance iOS is complex and not easy to use.

What? LOL I would never say that about iOS and never have. Ever.

I don't judge such things by how "easy" it is to use. I leave that for the knuckledraggers who love Apple. If it takes me two minutes to learn something, I don't view it as being the end of the world.

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