“In the United States the top of the market belongs to Apple,” Dan Rowinski reports for ReadWrite Mobile. “The big three U.S. cellular carriers – Verizon, AT&T and Sprint – have all posted their most recent quarterly earnings and between them 58% of smartphones sold were iPhones.”

“Sprint was the last of the big three to announce earnings. The nation’s third largest cellular carrier sold 1.5 million iPhones and another million “LTE” smartphones. Add that to Verizon’s 3.1 million iPhones (of 6.8 million smartphones in the quarter) and AT&T’s 4.7 million iPhones (out of 6.7 million) and all told, 9.3 million out of 16 million (58.1%) went to Apple’s flagship device,” Rowinski reports. “The numbers are similar to what we saw in Q2 this year, though the volume of smartphones sold was higher for AT&T and Verizon in Q3.”

Rowinski reports, “Most of the iPhones sold in Q3 were not Apple’s latest iPhone 5. The newest flagship device was released about 10 days before the end of the quarter and accounted only for 21% of Verizon’s iPhone sales. Look for a mammoth fourth quarter for both the big three carriers and for Apple as the holiday sales season rolls along and the iPhone 5 picks up steam. ”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]