“Apple’s iPhone user base is now the second-largest in the U.S. smartphone market, passing Windows Mobile-based models to slip into the spot behind Research In Motion’s BlackBerry, research firm comScore said today,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“In the three months ending in October, Apple’s iPhone was used by nearly 9 million Americans as their primary phone, said Mark Donovan, senior analyst with Virginia-based comScore,” Keizer reports. “That compared with the almost 15 million who identified RIM as the maker of their primary smartphone in the monthly surveys comScore conducts of U.S. mobile subscribers over the age of 13. Phones powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, meanwhile, were used by an estimated 7.1 million people during the same period.”
Keizer reports, “According to comScore, approximately 36 million Americans own a smartphone, while around 196 million rely on a traditional cell phone.”
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MacDailyNews Take: iPhone has been on the market for 28 months through the period measured by comScore’s report. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile has been on the market for 9 and half years.
“Let’s see how the competition goes.” – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer remarking on Apple’s newly-unveiled iPhone vs. his company’s Windows Mobile, January 2007
“We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!” – Dr. Peter Venkman’s prescient response to Mr. Ballmer on behalf of Apple Inc., June 8, 1984
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: “I like our strategy. I like it a lot.” – January 2007:
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“There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, April 30, 2007