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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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RE: All things considered, not impressive.
By xti on 2/3/2013 12:31:29 AM , Rating: 1
I have never understood the argument that Apple HAS to make an entry level phone, a mid, and high end. Car companies do it all the time, but im struggling to find a better example - nevertheless it might not be what they are interested in.

It technically was redesigned and included LTE, antiantennaegate, etc.

By RufusM on 2/4/2013 9:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder how many of those iPhones were iPhone 5, 4S and 4's. Is the market mainly getting the top iPhone (5) or are they going for the more budget iPhones (4S and 4)?

By tayb on 2/4/2013 11:02:46 AM , Rating: 2
The entry level phones from Apple are the previous iPhones. The 4 is free (or a penny), the 4S is $99, and the 5 is $200. What Apple doesn't do is release a NEW entry level and mid-tier phone on a scheduled basis.

I bet the free iPhone 4 played a large role in those numbers.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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