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Strategy Analytics found that Apple shipped about 17.7 million phones for the fourth quarter

A new report from Strategy Analytics shows that Apple was the No. 1 phone vendor in the U.S. for Q4 2012.

According to the report, which was conducted by Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Strategies service, Apple became the No. 1 mobile phone vendor for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2012. It grabbed about 34 percent of the market in that three-month period.

Strategy Analytics found that Apple shipped about 17.7 million phones for the fourth quarter, which was a healthy increase from 12.8 million shipped and 25 percent of the market share in Q4 2011.

The report noted that Samsung, the hardware maker for many popular Android smartphones, was nipping at Apple's heels with 16.8 million mobile phone shipments in the fourth quarter, giving it 32 percent of the market share. This was a nice 5 percent jump for Samsung from Q4 2011.

LG landed in third place with about 4.7 million phone shipments and 9 percent of the market share in Q4.

Mobile phone shipments overall grew 4 percent for the quarter compared to Q4 2011, jumping from 50.2 million to 52 million in the U.S.

Source: Strategy Analytics

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Number shipped, not sold
By Targon on 2/1/2013 7:00:50 PM , Rating: 2
When things like units shipped are used, it shows the manufacturing capability, not the sales appeal. How many devices were SOLD is the real question that is important. How many FAILED products have shipped a lot of product that never sold? How about the HP Touchpad, that shipped a bunch, and due to poor sales, and that loser Apotheker, the product was cancelled. Sales vs. shipped makes a HUGE difference.

RE: Number shipped, not sold
By Gio6518 on 2/3/2013 1:01:15 PM , Rating: 1
When things like units shipped are used

and thats what iDiots try to say Android phones shipped so their not sold....trying to perpetuate the illusion of iPhones popularity

don't forget that companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are obligated to purchase so many iPhones that are sitting on shelves taking up space, not neccesarilly being sold to the public

Strategy Analytics found that Apple shipped about 17.7 million phones for the fourth quarter

By theapparition on 2/4/2013 10:15:32 AM , Rating: 3
Not that tired argument again.

Go run a business. Now I dare you, when money is on the line, to ship product when someone hasn't bought it. Are you actually going to give your product away for free hoping someone buys it later?

Every phone Apple ships has been sold or accounted for (and no, warranty/spares aren't included in those metrics). Same with Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, etc.

The same goes for automakers. When a car gets shipped, it's been sold. The dealer buys it. Yes, dealer inventory may remain high and cars not resold to consumers, which is what you are alluding to, but that doesn't matter directly to the automaker. It all balances out when the next quarter, if dealer inventories are high, than orders fall.

The same argument applies to every single industry and product. Because that's how it works. Try living in the real world rather than perpetuating some internet myth to satisfy a conclusion you favor.

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