Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2012 14:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Since I love making it seem as if The Netherlands is in any way relevant anywhere ever, here's the most recent market share figures for smartphones, released today, covering the month of August (there's a graph showing the figures for every month from August 2011 until August 2012). The iPhone has a market share of almost 20% - but Android is ravaging the market, and now holds a market share of 70% (!). Nearly 75% of all Android smartphones sold in The Netherlands are made by Samsung. If you take the entire phone market - including feature phones - the iPhone holds 13% (up from 8% in August 2011) and Android 47% (up from 30% in August 2011). Windows Phone barely manages to hold on at 1%, and the BlackBerry dropped from 13% to 5%. Interestingly enough, in this combined feature/smartphone market, nearly 50% are Samsung phones. This of course doesn't yet include the iPhone 5, so the next set of figures will most likely show a spike for Apple. Still, if The Netherlands is in any way indicative of the rest of Europe, it's no surprise Apple tends to focus on US figures during its presentations.
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Apple is small miracle.
by przemo_li on Thu 11th Oct 2012 15:47 UTC
przemo_li
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2010-06-01

They started handset business in USA* (as Carrier exclusive** not the less!!!), and succeed.

Jokes aside.

Apple is still strongest in the USA.

* USA is almost backwater when comes to handsets.
** They are only good when you make special flavor of you phone as CE, not your entire business.

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RE: Apple is small miracle.
by chithanh on Thu 11th Oct 2012 18:29 in reply to "Apple is small miracle."
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

They were carrier exclusive as long as the iPhone was the most desirable of smartphones. That way, together with the carrier Apple could milk consumers more. (The carrier could charge a higher monthly fee, and subsidize the phone more)

Now that Apple is out-innovated by Android, they can no longer afford carrier exclusivity.

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