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Samsung #1 in US phones; Apple now 5th

updated 10:00 am EST, Fri November 7, 2008

Samsung Tops in US Phones

Samsung today surprised the cellphone business by claiming the lead in US phone sales for the summer based on a Strategy Analytics report [membership required]. The company edged out Motorola, the long-time holder of the position, by earning 22.4 percent of the American market versus US-native Motorola's 21.1 percent. LG followed close behind and now threatens to overtake either of the two leaders with 20.5 percent of sales following steady increases in recent months.

Smartphone manufacturers fill out the top five and show Apple continuing to trail Research in Motion in their core markets. While iPhones outshipped BlackBerries overall in the summer at 6.9 million phones versus 6.1 million, Apple accounted for just 5.7 percent of the US market while Research in Motion had nearly twice as much at 10.2 percent. The difference in performance is believed to stem from a much higher reliance on BlackBerries in business and better popularity in the US than in Europe or other countries, where companies like Nokia often have a much stronger presence.

Samsung's surge is attributed largely to the sheer diversity of its range, which varies from ultra-budget phones available for free to the BlackJack II, Instinct, and other phones that demand a premium.

Motorola's decline puts it at roughly half the share it once enjoyed with the RAZR and has long been said to have depended too heavily on the thin flip-phone for its success, at first banking on its design and $400 price tag but ultimately keeping the phone on the market for so long and in such ubiquitous levels that many carriers offer the phone for free with a contract. Few of its other devices have kept up, and the company now plans to focus on Android and Windows Mobile for the bulk of its phones over the course of the next year in an attempt to rekindle interest for its mid-range and high-end phones.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple is sixth in US

    According to Strategy Analytics report published by Apple is sixth in the US, not fifth.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Must be cheap, because Samsung phones suck in term of usability.

  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    5th or 6th

    Either is still amazing given that they alone amongst top phone makers only bringing one model to market with a single carrier.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    numbers, numbers, etc

    There are more cockroaches than any other pet in the world, so therefore, cockroaches must make the best pet. Cause more is ALWAYS better...... right??

    Apple iPhone ... 1 1/2 years old and scaring the pants off the big boys.....

    PS, how many computers do those other guys make?? Music players????/

    Just a thought.


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