Apple passes Motorola to become largest U.S. phone-maker

invisibleSHIELD case for iPadMotorola “has lost its position as the largest U.S. maker of phones to Apple Inc.,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press.

“Motorola sold a total of 8.5 million phones in the quarter, while Apple sold 8.8 million iPhones,” Svensson reports. “Four years ago, when the Razr was still popular, Motorola sold 46.1 million phones in the first quarter.”

“The Schaumburg, Ill., company has been trying to turn around that long slide in phone sales by focusing on new smart phones, including the Droid,” Svensson reports. “That strategy is bearing fruit, but too slowly to compensate for the drop in overall phone sales. Motorola sold 2.3 million smart phones in the first three months of the year.”

Svennsson reports, “As a whole, Motorola earned $69 million, or 3 cents per share in the quarter… Revenue fell 6.1 percent to $5.04 billion. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting $5.1 billion in revenue.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iDon’t sell enough phones to lead the market anymore.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dominic P.” for the heads up.]


  1. Keep in mind, MOTO (just like Adobe) was offered a front seat on the iPhone style phone express…..and they screwed it up completely. The iPhone exists b/c of Moto’s incompetence.

    just my $0.02

  2. This is just phones sold… Just think how much higher Apple’s REVENUE is — all of their phones are smartphones, while only a quarter of Moto’s are high end.

  3. That’s quite an accomplishment, considering Motorola sells mostly cheap “non-smart” phones and Apple sells ONLY expensive iPhones. But it is actually more of an indication of how badly Motorola is doing. Apple did it selling essentially two models, the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, offered only through ONE wireless carrier in their largest market.

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