Apple, Samsung account for 87% of postpaid smartphone sales in US

Apple, Samsung account for 87% of postpaid smartphone sales in US

According to the latest statistics released by mobile-focused research firm BayStreet Research, nearly 87 percent of the postpaid smartphone sales in the US are owned by the two big smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.

The BayStreet Research figures clearly show that Apple and Samsung together account for a whopping majority of the postpaid smartphone sales at the four leading US wireless carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

The statistics also obviously imply that all the ‘other’ smartphone vendors – leaving aside Apple and Samsung – are vying for only 13 percent of the US postpaid smartphone market, which is the highest-spending segment of the country’s mobile market.

These ‘other’ smartphone vendors include Motorola, ZTE, Sony, HTC, Huawei, LG, BlackBerry, Microsoft, Alcatel, Sharp, and Nextbit, among others.

Meanwhile, so far as the situation in the US prepaid smartphone market is concerned, things are slightly better than the postpaid market. The prepaid market includes the carriers' sub-brands like MetroPCS, Cricket, Virgin, and Boost, and also the 25 million-strong TracFone brands. In this market, Apple and Samsung together account for 71 percent of the sales; with ‘other’ vendors fighting for the remaining 29 percent of the market.

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