For the first time ever, Apple was the number one mobile phone maker in the U.S. last quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.
“Following the iPhone 5’s debut last September, Apple shipped an estimated 17.7 million phones in the U.S. in the fourth quarter to score a market share of 34 percent. Those numbers were a healthy rise from the same quarter in 2011 when Apple shipped 12.8 million phones and captured a 25 percent share,” according to Cnet.com
“In second place, Samsung shipped 16.8 million mobile phones in the U.S. to win a 32 percent market share. Those numbers also showed a strong gain from the same quarter in 2011 but couldn’t quite match those of the iPhone,” said Cnet.
At first I was fairly surprised to hear this, mostly because iPhone’s have been around for a while now and I would think that at some point they would have been number one in the U.S. for at least one-quarter. Think about how many people you see with iPhones, it feels like everyone has one. But as I began to think about it, Samsung makes a lot of different types of phones at a variety of prices.
Also, iPhones have been on the expensive side even from the beginning. Today iPhone’s are still on the expensive side compared to other quality phones, they are going for around $200 for the base model with the least amount of memory you can get. Samsung has a wide range of phones for a cheaper price and as cell phone technology is continuing to improve, consumers are being able to get higher quality phones for cheaper than what an iPhone goes for.
The battle between Apple and Samsung is going to continue to wage and they are going to go back and forth over the years with who sells more mobile phones in the U.S. All I know is that their competition is great for the consumers because the two companies keep belting out better and better phones every year, so keep it up Apple and Samsung, you’re doing great.