“Apple Inc became the top mobile phone seller for the first time in the lucrative U.S. market during the fourth quarter of 2012, outshining arch rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a report by Strategy Analytics showed,” Poornima Gupta reports for Reuters.

“Apple’s share of the U.S. mobile phone market, including feature phones and smartphones, jumped to 34 percent from 26 percent, while Samsung’s share grew to 32.3 percent from 31.8 percent, the research firm said,” Gupta reports. “Samsung had been the top mobile phone vendor in the US since 2008, the firm said.”

Gupta reports, “Apple sold 17.7 million iPhones in the U.S. in the fourth quarter, up 38 percent from the previous year… Samsung shipped 16.8 million phones during the same period.”

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