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comScore today released the results of its latest survey of mobile phone usage in the United States, revealing that Apple is quickly approaching a 10% share of the U.S. mobile phone market. Among the top mobile phone manufacturers, Apple led the pack in growth between the three-month period ending in May and the period ending in August, growing by 1.1 percentage point to hit 9.8% of the U.S. market.

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Looking specifically at smartphones and measuring platforms instead of manufacturers, Apple checked in at 27.3% of the market, up 0.7% over the prior period but trailing Android's 5.6 percentage point growth.

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The reports also highlight the rapid deterioration in Research in Motion's market share. Apple and RIM had been neck and neck in share just four reports ago, covering the February-April 2011 period, but RIM has fallen to under 20% of the smartphone market as Apple has surpassed 27%.

comScore's surveys track installed user base rather than recent sales as tracked by many other firms. As a result, comScore's numbers react more slowly to changing trends in mobile phone sales than shorter-range measures of recent sales. But comScore's numbers would be more accurate reflections of actual consumer usage given typical upgrade cycles on the order of 18 months for average users.

Article Link: iPhone Approaches 10% of U.S. Installed Mobile Phone Base
 

spblat

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I bet the 3GS accelerates that trend in overall mobile phone share.
 

Raptura

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Well, I can tell you that the Google install base will be going up thanks to me. :D

It's been fun with with my iPhone 3G and iPhone 4, but I think it's time for me to move on to something new. Android here I come. Doesn't anyone feel this way?
 

RyanR.

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Well they can kiss that percentage goodbye after yesterdays crappy announcement <----- please see the sarcasm
 

HangmanSwingset

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Well they can kiss that percentage goodbye after yesterdays crappy announcement <----- please see the sarcasm

They will kiss that particular percentage goodbye, once it goes up. And it'll only go higher. :p
 

gnagy

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Well, I can tell you that the Google install base will be going up thanks to me. :D

It's been fun with with my iPhone 3G and iPhone 4, but I think it's time for me to move on to something new. Android here I come. Doesn't anyone feel this way?

You won't know how much Android sucks until you try it for yourself. :)

While there are many people that feel that way, I know just as many that are ready to come back to the iPhone 4S after owning an Android device.
 

longofest

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The decline of RIM seems like a second story to the ascendance of Google. Google jumped 5.6%... Apple only .7%.
 

fenwah

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AAPL's share price is looking pretty cheap if they can just add 5% to the overall cell phone market share.
 

alent1234

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The decline of RIM seems like a second story to the ascendance of Google. Google jumped 5.6%... Apple only .7%.

nobody in their right mind would buy an iphone 4 in the last few months
 

SwiftLives

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Yeah - it's very obvious that potential iPhone customers are dissatisfied with the lack of a larger screen, and will continue to flock to Android and other competitors. I expect the downward trend of the iPhone's marketshare to continue, especially in light of the iPhone 4S. </snark>
 

ucantgetridofme

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Yeah - it's very obvious that potential iPhone customers are dissatisfied with the lack of a larger screen, and will continue to flock to Android and other competitors. I expect the downward trend of the iPhone's marketshare to continue, especially in light of the iPhone 4S. </snark>

Android cannot be stopped! Soon Google will have half the market all to themselves and Apple will be fighting for scraps with MS and RIM. If only Steve jobs were here to see Apples eventual collapse.
 

lsvtecjohn3

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Apple market share is going to go up with the iPhone now on a third carrier (Sprint). Att, Sprint and Verizon will also be selling the iPhone 4 for $99 and Att will be selling the 3GS free on contract.
 

Taz Mangus

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Well, I can tell you that the Google install base will be going up thanks to me. :D

It's been fun with with my iPhone 3G and iPhone 4, but I think it's time for me to move on to something new. Android here I come. Doesn't anyone feel this way?

No! I use several different Android phones from different manufacturers at work. The battery life is abysmal with all of them. I love the feature in Android that when an app crashes that causes the OS to freeze up I am forced to remove the battery to get it to restart. I guess there is more than one reason to have a removal battery.

Sorry but given my first hand experience with Android phones I have no desire to buy one. And yes I have used the Samsung Galaxy S II.
 

ibbieta

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Can someone explain to me how Android hardware OEMs lose net market share (Samsung, LG, and Motorola combine to lose .7%), but Android market share increases by 5%?

Did I misunderstand something here? What hardware is Android making gains on?
 

macguy360

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BTW, for anyone currently considering which network to go with here's a bit of advice.
Sprint has the lowest disconnect fee of all the 3 iPhone sellers. Their disconnect fee is just $150 versus the up to $300+ you will pay if you try to cut your contract short from verizon or att. At least that is what the contract cancellation fee is right now. Maybe in a couple months Sprint will be rethinking that fee because they could lose money on people joining and then cancelling their service and keeping the phone.

Funny but true story. I had been with sprint for about 9 months and decided to go ahead and cancel in september ahead of the iphone release. It cost me $150. I call up Sprint today and ask if I can get an iPhone 4s this friday on preorder with the discount for signing up for a 2 year agreement. The lady on the phone says "but you just cancelled your sprint plan last month, i'll have to talk to my supervisor". She comes back on the phone a few minutes later and says "Yep, you can get the iPhone 4s at discounted rate because you paid your service cancellation fee.

So instead of me paying full price for an iPhone 4s at somewhere around $599 or higher I was able to get set up with a new iPhone 4s at $349.
 

Oletros

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Can someone explain to me how Android hardware OEMs lose net market share (Samsung, LG, and Motorola combine to lose .7%), but Android market share increases by 5%?

Did I misunderstand something here? What hardware is Android making gains on?

One chart is for all phone types and the other for smartphones only
 

H2SO4

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The decline of RIM seems like a second story to the ascendance of Google. Google jumped 5.6%... Apple only .7%.

I might be wrong, have been before but are google actually making phones? I get the impression that we are comparing pretty much one device against an OS spread over many devices/manufacturers?
 

hexonxonx

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The average person is not aware to rumors and rumblings like those of us on MR.

I work with someone who has a 3GS. He had no idea that the OS was coming out soon or even a new iPhone.

I also know two people who bought iPhone 4s about a month ago. I know for a fact that they won't know what to do when an update happens.

So many people have never updated the OS on an iPhone in owning them for a year or two.

I didn't start keeping up on new phones until I got my iPhone and then it was only to keep up on the new one each year.
 

macguy360

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...but with an associated contract with a minimum fee.

Anyone signing up for an iPhone 4s will have a contract with a minimum fee. The point of the story is that I was able to upgrade to an iPhone 4s way ahead of time at a very reasonable cost versus if I had been with verizon or att who would have made me pay full price for the upgrade or told me to wait another 8 months.

*and add to the fact that with sprint I wlll be paying a maximum of $79 a month versus att and verizon which will be somewhere around $105 per month for any reasonable amount of data.
 

MacFan1957

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Funny but true story. I had been with sprint for about 9 months and decided to go ahead and cancel in september ahead of the iphone release. It cost me $150. I call up Sprint today and ask if I can get an iPhone 4s this friday on preorder with the discount for signing up for a 2 year agreement. The lady on the phone says "but you just cancelled your sprint plan last month, i'll have to talk to my supervisor". She comes back on the phone a few minutes later and says "Yep, you can get the iPhone 4s at discounted rate because you paid your service cancellation fee.

So instead of me paying full price for an iPhone 4s at somewhere around $599 or higher I was able to get set up with a new iPhone 4s at $349.

And which bit of that "story" was funny? True it may be but you lost me with the funny!

I was with Sprint once, won't be going back!
 
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