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Old Feb 1, 2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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Apple Overtakes Samsung to Become Largest Mobile Phone Vendor in U.S.




Apple overtook Samsung as the market leader in mobile phones in the United States for the final quarter of 2012, reports Strategy Analytics, though Samsung still led for the year as a whole. The development marks the first time Apple has held the top spot in overall mobile phone shipments.

The technology analysts estimate that a total of 52 million mobile phones were shipped in the U.S. last quarter, with Apple accounting for 17.7 million of them, Samsung for 16.8 million and LG a distant third with 4.7 million. Samsung had held the top spot since 2008 before being dethroned by Apple.

Strategy Analytics Executive Director Neil Mawston said:
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We estimate Apple shipped 17.7 million mobile phones for a record 34 percent share of the United States market in the fourth quarter of 2012. This was up sharply from 12.8 million units shipped and 25 percent share in Q4 2011. Apple has become the number one mobile phone vendor by volume in the United States for the first time ever. Apple's success has been driven by its popular ecosystem of iPhones and App Store, generous carrier subsidies, and extensive marketing around the new iPhone 5 model.
The firm believes, however, that Samsung may retake the title when it launches its rumored Galaxy S4.

Meantime, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday rejected Apple's renewed attempt to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as noted by AllThingsD. Apple was initially awarded an injunction which prohibited sales of the Nexus in the long-running patent battle between the two companies, but this was overturned in October. This now exhausts Apple's appeal options, making the latest decision final.

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Old Feb 1, 2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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Sometimes I wonder if being an analyst consists of owning a random number generator. Not saying the report is inaccurate, but how exactly do they come up with these numbers?
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 02:06 PM   #4
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 02:25 PM   #5
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Whose is largest?

Clearly Samsung sells the largest mobile phones.
Doesn't that make them the largest mobile phone vendor?
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 10:44 PM   #6
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Sometimes I wonder if being an analyst consists of owning a random number generator. Not saying the report is inaccurate, but how exactly do they come up with these numbers?
I have to wonder too. Maybe they just ask each company for its sales numbers.

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I won't. I'm worried about power consumption.
That's what happens when you sacrifice battery for thinness.

Use Extra batteries or switch to extended batteries which last for few days for $15. Oh right, you can't..
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Old Feb 2, 2013, 11:33 AM   #8
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That's what happens when you sacrifice battery for thinness.

Use Extra batteries or switch to extended batteries which last for few days for $15. Oh right, you can't..
What do you mean I can't? Yeah I can, but I don't want to buy an awkward battery extension.
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Not Really ... Title Misleading

Just pointing out that Apple took the lead for the last quarter most likely due to the timing of the release of the Iphone 5. Samsung was still significantly ahead for the entire year. The title of this article is a bit misleading and reads as though this is some sort of mega competition ala Super Bowl.
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 09:31 AM   #11
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Old Feb 1, 2013, 09:35 AM   #12
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New model introduced=obvious sales

Happens with every major manufacturer
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The "cheaper iPhone" has to be in production... Android is starting to saturate certain new international markets because of cheap adoption through a subsidizing culture created by Google & Samsung.

Android is stronger than it ever was, and Apple knows this, and Apple knows they have to release a cheap iPhone. I personally believe they should go back to the smaller screen, and make a phone out of polycarbonate backing.

The iPhone 5 is still undoubtedly the best phone ever made.

Next Fall - The iPhone 5s(along with the 5) should be able to make purchases with NFC & Bio-Metric scanning as the next big update, and while they do that... they should debut a smaller cheaper iPhone that can not do that particular feature. This would hurt the initial stock, but promote stronger investments in an array of avenues.
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The "cheaper iPhone" has to be in production... Android is starting to saturate certain new international markets because of cheap adoption through a subsidizing culture created by Google & Samsung.

Android is stronger than it ever was, and Apple knows this, and Apple knows they have to release a cheap iPhone. I personally believe they should go back to the smaller screen, and make a phone out of polycarbonate backing.

The iPhone 5 is still undoubtedly the best phone ever made.

Next Fall - The iPhone 5s(along with the 5) should be able to make purchases with NFC & Bio-Metric scanning as the next big update, and while they do that... they should debut a smaller cheaper iPhone that can not do that particular feature. This would hurt the initial stock, but promote stronger investments in an array of avenues.
I disagree. (Although I am sure that the Authentec purchase made will be seen from Apple in the next 12 months)

I think Mr. Cook and Mr. Ive may want to (re?)watch the "Steve Jobs - The Lost Interview".

When you start to chase feature-sets that consumers are clamoring for, that is when you start to lose. The process is starting to dominate the content.

What I want to see is beautiful stuff, crafted well and planned for the purposes for people to be inspired and create new things of their own.
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"SELL SELL SELL! Apple can't keep up!" - analyst
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The Important figure here is the YOY growth for Apple and the lack of said growth for Samsung. It also should be mentioned that Apple only has 3 phones for sale, while Samsung has like ~10x that amount on the market.
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The Important figure here is the YOY growth for Apple and the lack of said growth for Samsung. It also should be mentioned that Apple only has 3 phones for sale, while Samsung has like ~10x that amount on the market.
you're disregarding the fact that if a person wants iOS, they only have one choice, Apple. If a person wants Android, they have the option of Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Sony, LG, etc. So for you to argue about the discrepancy of models offered by each company is a moot point.
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The title of this article is a bit misleading and reads as though this is some sort of mega competition ala Super Bowl.
Samsung certainly thinks it is.
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Just pointing out that Apple took the lead for the last quarter most likely due to the timing of the release of the Iphone 5. Samsung was still significantly ahead for the entire year. The title of this article is a bit misleading and reads as though this is some sort of mega competition ala Super Bowl.
You should also point this out when Samsung "takes the lead" in a quarter where the latest iPhone has been out for a couple of quarters, and the Samsung Galaxy JumboDroid™ III was just released.
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Just pointing out that Apple took the lead for the last quarter most likely due to the timing of the release of the Iphone 5. Samsung was still significantly ahead for the entire year. The title of this article is a bit misleading and reads as though this is some sort of mega competition ala Super Bowl.
Thank gawd you're here to clear that up for all of us who read only headlines and otherwise walk around stupid in the dark. What would be do without you? We would probably have been under the mistaken idea that Apple did something better than Samsung. And that would be clearly wrong!
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