Linked by Matthew Johnson on Tue 31st Jan 2012 22:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In its analysis of last year's smartphone market in the U.S., NPD found that market share for Apple's iOS went up following the release of the iPhone 4S, to 43 percent of all smartphone sales in October and November from 26 percent in the third quarter. Android, meanwhile, retained its lead, but lost market share towards the end of the year, dropping in October and November to 47 percent from 60 percent in the previous quarter. These are some dramatic shifts in market share but what do they really mean to you and me?
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the 3GS isn't cheap when paid for outright. Very few people do that though, and most get a phone that's subsidised by their carrier

Most of the world is on prepaid, and owns their phones. Snap out of looking at larger situation via the perspective of your very atypical place.

As to "kept the iPhone 3GS available in order to provide a low-cost option" - nothing Apple does is really low-cost. They target maybe most "premium" 5% of people; and sometimes (when trying to go further) even shown their inability to compete in broader market - now Apple even openly states they just won't compete in it, they won't target "lesser" people.

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