Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (CIRP) today released results of its research on mobile phone operating systems for the calendar quarter that ended December 31, 2013. This analysis features findings about consumer trends in mobile phone operating systems from October-December 2013.

CIRP finds that Apple iOS had a greater share of mobile phone operating systems than Google Android. CIRP bases its findings on its survey of US subjects that activated a new or used mobile phone in October-December 2013.

Apple iOS had 48% of mobile phone operating systems, while Android had 46%. Windows, Blackberry, and non-smartphones each accounted for less than 3% of activations in this sample.

CIRP: Apple iOS overtakes Android in U.S. mobile phone operating systems

CIRP: Apple iOS overtakes Android in U.S. mobile phone operating systems

MacDailyNews Take: Good job there, beleaguered Blackberry. That’s a nice round percentage. (Note: to CIRP: You can drop them now, amateur hour ended long ago.)

“Apple clearly benefitted from launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C just a couple weeks before the quarter started,” said Josh Lowitz, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. “It increased its share considerably over the previous quarter, when it had only 34% of activations.”

CIRP also analyzed spending patterns by operating system. On that basis, Apple iOS customers continue spending more than Android buyers.

“iOS customers have higher carrier bills, spending more on voice, texts, and data than Android buyers,” said Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. “Over half of iOS buyers spend over $100 per month, compared to one-third of Android customers. And, about one quarter of Android customers spend under $50 per month, compared to only 7% of iOS buyers.”

CIRP: Apple iOS overtakes Android in U.S. mobile phone operating systems

“Apple clearly benefitted from launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C just a couple weeks before the quarter started,” said Josh Lowitz, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. “It increased its share considerably over the previous quarter, when it had only 34% of activations.”

CIRP also analyzed spending patterns by operating system. On that basis, Apple iOS customers continue spending more than Android buyers.

“iOS customers have higher carrier bills, spending more on voice, texts, and data than Android buyers,” said Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. “Over half of iOS buyers spend over $100 per month, compared to one-third of Android customers. And, about one quarter of Android customers spend under $50 per month, compared to only 7% of iOS buyers.”

Source: Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC

MacDailyNews Take: “Bu, bu, but,” Joe Random Fragtard sputters, “what about the dregs of the world? Android still rules there!”

Yes, Joe, wherever “cellular networks” are two cans tied together with a piece of string and Wi-Fi is but a mythical dream, pretend iPhones for third-worlders do so rule.

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