Samsung Beats Apple in U.S. Smartphone Market, For Now ( Explains Sell-Off Maybe ? )
The winner in the U.S. smartphone market is no longer Apple. Instead, Samsung is the apple of American smartphone buyers’ eyes. At least in between Apple new product announcements.
That’s the word from Canaccord Genuity, an investment research firm, that surveyed the retail stores of carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA and Sprint — but excluded Apple stores in its survey. Canaccord’s conclusion is that Samsung’s Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III sold more combined in the U.S. than did Apple’s iPhone in May.
For those Apple enthusiasts, there is a shred of good news. Canaccord’s report found that AT&T stores sold more iPhone 5 units than Galaxy S4 ones — there the Samsung phone came in second.
Of course, not all surveys came to the same conclusion. For instance, ComScore’s June 4 report on all models of iPhones and Samsung phones sold in the U.S. found that Apple beat Samsung in smartphone subscribers by 39.2% to 22% in the first quarter of 2013.