Apple’s iPhone grabs nearly 30% of U.S. smartphone market

“The iPhone is now not only the second most popular smartphone in the world but has saved the smartphone industry from a decline this past summer, according to a research note by Needham analyst Charlie Wolf,” Electronista reports.

“Apple’s handset has represented about 16.6 percent of the entire smartphone market worldwide for the quarter ended in September and is now second only to Nokia,” Electronista reports. “The latter has already acknowledged struggling smartphone share but is now known to have plummeted from 63.3 percent of the market a year ago to 43.6 percent owing largely to the spike in iPhone sales triggered by its 3G version.”

“Apple’s relaunch has been strong enough that it ultimately masked a potential stall in the overall smartphone market. While the rate of growth was flat between spring and summer at 28.6 percent, Apple’s presence has been the “only reason” the market didn’t slow down significantly, Wolf says,” Electronista reports. “In the US, Apple is now also second only to RIM, earning about 30 percent of the country’s smartphone sales through the iPhone versus the BlackBerry lineup’s 40 percent. Windows Mobile and Palm OS are continuing to decline with Microsoft’s platform holding 17 percent and Palm less than 10 percent.”

Much more in the full article, including some interesting charts – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, April 30, 2007


  1. Funny I thought Balmer said that MS sold more smart phones than Apple and RIM put together, in fact many more if I remember, even putting Nokia in the shade. Perhaps he is counting all those bank card readers and remote controls like he counts all those shopping tills when asked about windows desktop market share.

  2. Can we send those charts back to the 90s? 80s if it were black and white.

    It looks like when Palm struck that deal to put WinMo on Treos back in 2006, was the beginning of the end for them.

  3. As a Palm developer, we speak frequently with their sales and support staff. Yesterday we informed our primary contact that we were discontinuing the next version upgrade of our software package for their platform.

    When asked why, we reluctantly, and somewhat sadly, confessed that we don’t think they’ll be in business next year. The above statistics simply confirm that belief.

  4. And you know what? Nokia is in deep trouble. The supposed iPhone killer the N97 announced today is a mess.

    – It won’t be available until the second half of 2009
    – It doesn’t have wifi
    – the interface is cluttered and reactivity is slow – see the video
    – no onscreen keyboard and the slide out keyboard is made to be broken
    – it is thick and bulky compared to iPhone
    – it won’t be available in the US or in Japan (Nokia a global company uh?!?)
    – Symbian has gone way beyond where it was good for and no wonder they will have problems with it

    They seem to have been proud to have kept secret a product that can’t match the 2007 iPhone, and that won’t ship until later in 2009.

    Just as well it has a 5mp camera, a flash and 32gb. At least there is something for Nokia fans to masturbate over..

    I wonder where the iPhone will be by the second half of 2009?

  5. “Funny I thought Balmer said that MS sold more smart phones than Apple and RIM put together”

    Windows Mobile still outsells either Apple or RIM worldwide, but like PCs the volume is across a number of vendors, not with just one.

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