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iPhone 3G most used phone in the US for 2009

updated 11:40 am EST, Tue December 22, 2009

Apple most used while LG, RIM close behind

The iPhone 3G was the most frequently used phone for going online for nearly all of the year, the researchers at Nielsen report. About 4 percent of all US active cellphone owners used Apple's 2008 smartphone to get online between January and October. Its results were helped both by the iPhone 3G having sold by itself for the first half of the year and continuing on as a $99 model after the iPhone 3GS became available in June.

It held a slight lead over the BlackBerry Curve 8300 line, which controlled 3.7 percent of the active market, but was well ahead of the 2.3 percent for the now four year old Motorola RAZR V3.

Apple isn't the leader as a brand. Verizon's heavy use of LG has also helped the Korean company get 6.4 percent of the sphere through phones like the enV2, Voyager and Dare. Use of the BlackBerry Storm (1.4 percent) and Pearl (1.2 percent) are enough to give RIM's smartphones 6.3 percent when combined.

This difference between single-model and absolute share is likely to revolve around choice of carriers. The iPhone has in many cases saved AT&T from declines through its sheer volume of sales, but the exclusivity has hurt Apple's standing where LG and RIM have phones on all four carriers, guaranteeing that they can make up for reduced demand in one carrier through popularity at another.

By Electronista Staff


  1. eldarkus

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2004



    I would give this to Blackberry with a 6.3% since Apples iPhones aren't broken down between the 3G and 3Gs, which are 2 different models.

    not being a hater.. i'm just saying. :)

    Tho I would like to know what defines "going online". Does that include checking email & data being grabbed for apps or just actual web browsing?

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    You don't have to be a hater to see

    that people are always finding ways to skew the numbers for iPhone or any Apple products. Any tiny increase of market share or usage will be shown as some major gain even if it's miniscule overall. Read enough reports and it will seem like the iPhone is taking over the world. I only agree that whatever little bit of market share or mindshare Apple is grabbing, it appears to be making money from it. All the money they're making is sitting in a big bundle of cash reserve and long-term investors aren't getting any recent payback. Investors are clearly not impressed with iPhone growth and likely see Android as a better, cash-rewarding long-term deal.

    Anyway, numbers and charts are always nice when showing some gains. Whether it means a lot, I'm not really sure. What I think should matter is that the users of the iPhone feel they're getting their money's worth.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001



    That can't be right. I thought everyone owned an iPhone by now...

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