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Samsung Passes Apple for No.1 Spot in Smartphone Sales

By - Source: REUTERS | B 68 comments

All hail King Sammy.

Apple might have sold four million iPhone 4Ses in the first weekend of availability while suing Samsung in courts around the world, but Samsung isn't letting Cupertino's success get in the way of its plans for smartphone domination. Reuters today reports that Samsung has surpassed Apple in smartphone sales to become the world's number one smartphone manufacturer.

Samsung saw a huge increase in smartphone shipments this past quarter, reporting a 44 percent jump in smartphone shipments for the period of July-September. Reuters cites research firm Strategy Analytics in reports that Samsung's smartphone shipments rang in at 27.8 million in Q3, nearly four times what they were a year ago, while Apple's iPhone sales shrank by 16 percent, hitting 17.1 million units, in Q3. Samsung's share of the smartphone market in the third quarter was 23.8 percent, a full nine points higher than Apple's. It's likely Apple experienced a drop-off in iPhone sales after June because customers were expecting a new iPhone and awaiting the October launch of the iPhone 4S before buying, while Samsung's having a number of strong smartphones across several carriers helped shift the units.

Speaking to analysts, Samsung's head of investor relations, Robert Yi, said that he is cautiously optimistic about Q4 when industry demand 'is traditionally at its peak.' Yi said that Samsung expects sales of mobile devices to remain strong and shipments of flat-panel TVs to increase.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , November 1, 2011 12:16 PM
    This makes me so happy :) 
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    winner4455 , November 1, 2011 12:27 PM
    You know you're doing things right when your market share triples!
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    bin1127 , November 1, 2011 12:25 PM
    getrealWow, what an accomplishment! Samsung sells 50 different models of handsets, most of which are free, and it finally eclipsed a company that actively sold 2 models in the quarter right before it was due to release a delayed product.Congratulations!


    The apple fan is trying really hard to keep his reality from crumbling. So we'll just wait for more sales data.
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    Au_equus , November 1, 2011 12:12 PM
    all hail capitalism and the free market, the anti-apple!
  • 27 Hide
    N.Broekhuijsen , November 1, 2011 12:16 PM
    This makes me so happy :) 
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    acadia11 , November 1, 2011 12:24 PM
    Uhmmmm
    getrealWow, what an accomplishment! Samsung sells 50 different models of handsets, most of which are free, and it finally eclipsed a company that actively sold 2 models in the quarter right before it was due to release a delayed product.Congratulations!


    Phones are never free they are subsidized by the retailer. So, a free samsung phone is paid for by AT&T, Verizon, or whoever is selling it. Samsung gets it's money either way.
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    acadia11 , November 1, 2011 12:25 PM
    xbeaterThis makes me so happy


    Me 3!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    bin1127 , November 1, 2011 12:25 PM
    getrealWow, what an accomplishment! Samsung sells 50 different models of handsets, most of which are free, and it finally eclipsed a company that actively sold 2 models in the quarter right before it was due to release a delayed product.Congratulations!


    The apple fan is trying really hard to keep his reality from crumbling. So we'll just wait for more sales data.
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    winner4455 , November 1, 2011 12:27 PM
    You know you're doing things right when your market share triples!
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    CaedenV , November 1, 2011 12:30 PM
    Wow, I thought apple was more than 14% of the market. My impression from the people around me is that they would have at least a mid 20% of things. I guess apple phones will go the way of apple computers being a very small niche market.

    Come to think of it; I dont know anyone who owned a Samsung phone...
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    STravis , November 1, 2011 12:31 PM
    The numbers also seem to indicate that Nokia is in for some tough times.
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    STravis , November 1, 2011 12:33 PM
    CaedenVWow, I thought apple was more than 14% of the market. My impression from the people around me is that they would have at least a mid 20% of things. I guess apple phones will go the way of apple computers being a very small niche market.Come to think of it; I dont know anyone who owned a Samsung phone...


    These are global numbers. I suspect the numbers are vastly different if you focus on NA, but that isn't the point of this article.
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    stryk55 , November 1, 2011 12:39 PM
    bin1127The apple fan is trying really hard to keep his reality from crumbling. So we'll just wait for more sales data.


    Its in the article, buddy - Samsung sold more phones than Apple did. That doesn't make getreal's point any less valid, especially if you consider what the price difference is in the phones (usually about $50 on Verizon's website). If Apple is making an extra $50 per phone, then is it really a big deal if Samsung surpassed them?

    winner4455You know you're doing things right when your market share triples!


    23% isn't triple of 9.3%, my friend...read the chart in the article.
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    getreal , November 1, 2011 12:48 PM
    acadia11UhmmmmPhones are never free they are subsidized by the retailer. So, a free samsung phone is paid for by AT&T, Verizon, or whoever is selling it. Samsung gets it's money either way.


    And how much do these "free" phones cost Joe Consumer when he "buys" two for his ten year old brat kids, rather than dumping $100+ on one of the two Apple phones?

    Apple is, has been, and always will be a differentiator and nothing else when it comes to strategy. Samsung is filling the role of low-cost and best-cost provider, so if it isn't leading in marketshare, it is doing something wrong.
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2011 1:15 PM
    STravisWhy? Do you own Samsung stock?


    @STravis, If you want to take a bunch of negatives you say something like this. No one could even say that Steve jobs was a great guy in these comments. I tried before.
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    mchuf , November 1, 2011 1:16 PM
    The real reason for Apple sueing Samsung all over the world.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 1, 2011 1:18 PM
    All you who claim that Samsung phones are "free", don't forget that Samsung makes most of its money from the Asian market, where you don't have the BS with phones sold with contracts. People pay FULL costs for their Galaxies - that is, $550-700 for a Galaxy S2. iPhone costs the same, and people gladly pick Galaxy over the iPhone.
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