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Verizon iPhone Surge Yields First Slip in Android U.S. Sales Share in Two Years

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Market research firm NPD today announced the results of its "Mobile Phone Track" survey for the first quarter of 2011, covering U.S. mobile phone sales. According to the study, Apple rode the strength of the CDMA iPhone launch on Verizon to eat into Android's share of the smartphone market for the first time since the second quarter of 2009. Android does, however, continue to hold a strong lead in market share.
The Android OS lost ground for the first time since Q2 2009, falling to 50 percent of smartphone unit sales in Q1 2011 compared to 53 percent in the prior quarter. Apple iOS share rose 9 percentage points to comprise 28 percent of smartphone unit sales. BlackBerry OS also lost ground, falling 5 points, to 14 percent.
The iPhone surge comes even as Apple has reportedly sliced CDMA iPhone 4 production to half of its initial 2011 projections.

Looking at all mobile phones, Apple ranked third among manufacturers with 14% of the market, behind Samsung at 23% and LG at 18%. And with continued strong growth from the iPhone and Android, smartphones for the first time represented the majority of U.S. mobile phone sales at 54%.

Apple's iPhone 4 ranked as the top-selling mobile phone in the U.S. during the quarter, and perhaps most surprisingly, the iPhone 3GS took second place in the rankings. Despite essentially being a nearly two-year-old device, the iPhone 3GS almost certainly received a strong boost during the first quarter after AT&T and Apple dropped the price to $49 on a two-year contract. The iPhone 3GS is not available on Verizon.

Article Link: Verizon iPhone Surge Yields First Slip in Android U.S. Sales Share in Two Years
 

AmpSkillz

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"Mobile Phone Track" survey ???

Ahhh they are tracking us

seriously though this is not a surprise

i imagine the next iphone will be on all networks and the iphone 4 sales will still be strong as well at a lower price

should even the game a little with Android
 
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This is the important part:

Apple's iPhone 4 ranked as the top-selling mobile phone in the U.S. during the quarter, and perhaps most surprisingly, the iPhone 3GS took second place in the rankings. Despite essentially being a nearly two-year-old device . . .

That speaks volumes.
 
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Not often that the 'best' also means the best-selling.
 
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I think it's pretty clear now that we won't really know what "the iPhone comes to Verizon" fully means until next year. Too many variables to learn anything quickly.
 
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Anyone else find these stories on market share to be completely boring?!?

Can MacRumors setup a Page 3 section to put these on and keep the interesting rumors on the first page (new Macs, new iOS, etc)?

Until Apple announces they are stopping production of the iPhone due to low sales.....I don't care who sells the most. :rolleyes:

-Kevin
 
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spiderman0616

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If this story hits Engadget, it's going to get ugly in the comments.

Getting my popcorn ready.
 
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Xenomorph

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I want to know why the 3GS screen is missing the Game Center icon...

Are they showing a 3G instead of a 3GS?
 
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bpaluzzi

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So the iPhone went from being pummeled by Android to now just being badly beaten.

That is Awesome.

the iPhone doesn't compete against Android. The iPhone competes against all of the handsets running Android. And it's killing them. The 3GS as the second best-selling handset? That's frankly embarrassing for Android.

So tell me, in what world is having:
1 - the most popular handset
2 - the 2nd most popular handset
3 - the most popular mobile OS
4 - the most popular tablet
getting "badly beaten"?
 
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PeterQVenkman

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THere are two articles on the home page right now: one about Verizon iPhones not selling as well as thought, and one on the Verizon iPhone surge causing Android US market share to slip.

So the news is that they are simultaneously doing better and worse than anticipated?
 
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Consultant

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Of course, because verizon can no longer tell people to buy the crappy knockoff called Android when people ask for the iPhone, now they have the real iPhone.
 
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chrono1081

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So the iPhone went from being pummeled by Android to now just being badly beaten.

That is Awesome.

No even if Android marketshare is bigger iPhone is STILL the winner. Two handsets verses 90+ Android handsets and Apple still holds its own. That should tell you something but I'm sure it doesn't.

Why I reply to you I'll never know since everyone knows what you are.
 
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Popeye206

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So the iPhone went from being pummeled by Android to now just being badly beaten.

That is Awesome.

Why do you keep comparing a single phone model to an entire platform used on 20 some devices?

Oh... that's right... it's all you can hang your hat on. Sorry... let's talk pummeled or badly beaten when any single Android phone outsells the iPhone.
 
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radge

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how about some updates on ios5 or the iPhone 4S?

all of this financial stuff should be put in it's own section that no one will read.;)
 
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mccldwll

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the iPhone doesn't compete against Android. The iPhone competes against all of the handsets running Android. And it's killing them. The 3GS as the second best-selling handset? That's frankly embarrassing for Android.

So tell me, in what world is having:
1 - the most popular handset
2 - the 2nd most popular handset
3 - the most popular mobile OS
4 - the most popular tablet
getting "badly beaten"?


Only in that parallel universe occupied by Full of, and others of its ilk.
 
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Popeye206

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It is interesting to see the 3Gs doing so well. Too bad Apple doesn't make a "light version" of iOS for it so it's snappier again. It was a good phone and for many consumers at $49 or maybe even free someday a great entry level smart phone.
 
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AmpSkillz

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the iPhone doesn't compete against Android. The iPhone competes against all of the handsets running Android. And it's killing them. The 3GS as the second best-selling handset? That's frankly embarrassing for Android.

So tell me, in what world is having:
1 - the most popular handset
2 - the 2nd most popular handset
3 - the most popular mobile OS
4 - the most popular tablet
getting "badly beaten"?

And don't forget Apple is by far the most successful financially with regards to smartphones or mobile OS, which is the only way it actually counts

but I disagree that it is embarrassing for Android, they are actually doing well, its the other smartphone makers who should be embarrassed
 
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AppleScruff1

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This is the important part:

Apple's iPhone 4 ranked as the top-selling mobile phone in the U.S. during the quarter, and perhaps most surprisingly, the iPhone 3GS took second place in the rankings. Despite essentially being a nearly two-year-old device . . .

That speaks volumes.

.....About the the mentality of the people who buy a two year old phone just so they can say they have an iPhone.
 
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deputy_doofy

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.....About the the mentality of the people who buy a two year old phone just so they can say they have an iPhone.

Not much different than people who get cheap/free (and crappy) Android phones to say they have a phone that's "good enough as the iPhone." And those phones, though they may be recently manufactured, generally run Android 1.6-2.0. Not exactly high quality...
 
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notabadname

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It is an impressive market share to be commanded by a single product line, versus numerous hardware manufacturers running Android. No single Android product even comes close.
 
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