Smartphones' Share of New Handsets Sales in U.S. Will Double by 2014

Nov 12, 2009

A dramatic shake-up in the U.S. market for new handset sales will ensue as smartphones grow to comprise roughly 60 percent of new handsets sold in the U.S. by 2014, according to the latest forecast data from Pyramid Research (, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network (

Pyramid Research's recently released Mobile Handset Forecasts ( find that smartphones will represent 31 percent of new handsets sold in the U.S. in 2009, more than double from 15 percent two years prior, writes Dan Locke, Senior Analyst at Pyramid in Why BlackBerry Will Be No. 1 by 2014. "Today, BlackBerry has nearly 50 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, but when smartphones' share of new handsets sales double in 2014, we expect Apple's exclusive relationship with AT&T to have ceased, which could potentially make the iPhone available to an additional 200 million U.S. wireless customers," Locke writes. "However, even if competitors, such as Motorola, LG, Samsung, and Nokia, are able to improve their positioning in this growing segment, we expect RIM to remain at the forefront of the U.S. market."

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