By 'iPhone' You Meant 'Zune,' Right Steve?
So much for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s claim that “there’s no chance the iPhone is going to get any significant market share.” According to market-research outfit iSuppli, Apple’s iPhone outsold all smart phones in the United States during July, outpacing sales of Palm’s Treo and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, not to mention handsets from Nokia, Motorola and Samsung.
In its research note published this morning, iSuppli said that the iPhone accounted for 1.8% of all mobile handset units sold during the month. Although this could reflect first-month demand for a product people had been waiting to buy since January, it’s nevertheless not bad for a new entrant in a very competitive market. And a remarkable achievement for one partnered up with AT&T. “While iSuppli has not collected historical information on this topic, it’s likely that the speed of the iPhone’s rise to competitive dominance in its segment is unprecedented in the history of the mobile-handset market,” iSuppli wrote. “While the speed of the iPhone’s ascent to the top of the smart-phone and feature-phone charts is remarkable, it’s equally amazing that Apple achieved this in the face of numerous, well-entrenched competitors.”
Seems Apple is well on its way to exceeding its goal of 10 million iPhones shipped during calendar year 2008–roughly 1% of global cellphone shipments.
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