Apple iPhone becomes #1 selling cellphone – of any kind – in Japan

“Apple now has the top-selling cellphone of any kind in Japan, IDC Japan determined late Thursday,” Electronista reports.

“The iPhone 4S launch helped Apple claim 26.6 percent of all cellphone shipments in the country this fall,” Electronista reports. “It may have been the first non-Japanese company to top local ranks, ending a longstanding emphasis on local makers.”

Electronista reports, “The Fujitsu-Toshiba alliance was next closest at 18.3 percent courtesy of its Arrows smartphones, while Sharp (15.7 percent), Kyocera (9.8), and Panasonic (8.8) were next. Year-long, the spike was enough to give Apple 14.2 percent of the country’s cellphone sales. Sharp (20.1 percent) and Fujitsu-Toshiba (18.8 percent) were still larger, but it did see Apple eclipse Panasonic (10 percent) and Kyocera (9.7 percent).”

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MacDailyNews Take: 血風呂!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]

29 Comments

    1. No physical keypad, no TV, no eWallet, no place to affix a Ms. Kitty strap. Instant fail in Japan. They’ll never sell more than a couple of iPhones in Japan. All Japanese feature phones are far better than an iPhone. Circa 2008

      Never try to predict the future when it comes to Apple products.

    1. The Apple supplied Translation can translate, and does as “blood bath”

      Shame on those who use Microsoft and Google products to do what your Mac already can. 😉

  1. MDN take, it should be 血祭り, a blood festival… You did a literal kanji of “blood and bath” – doesn’t work, however, your intent is right on!

  2. Just to be clear, the original article from the Japanese site says “shipments”… a good friend of mine who works closely with Softbank and knows their CEO personally has told me they basically have to give the iPhone away – I argue with him about it constantly. Regardless, the numbers are very impressive 🙂

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