John Paczkowski

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U.S. Mobile Phone Market Now Half-Smart

The smartphone market is about to reach a tipping point that you may have assumed it already hit: 50 percent of the U.S. mobile market. According to a new report from research outfit Nielsen, as of February, 49.7 percent of U.S. mobile phone users owned smartphones. That’s up from 36 percent a year ago.

So the trend line here is skewing upward, and at an increasingly steep incline. According to Nielsen, more than two-thirds of new phone buyers in the last three months opted for smartphones over feature phones.

And the choice of device they made is about what you’d expect: 48 percent went with an Android handset, 43 percent opted for an iPhone, and 5 percent purchased a BlackBerry. That breakdown is similar to the figures for all U.S. smartphones, but with one significant difference: The iPhone has grown more popular among new smartphone owners, rising 11 percent; while Research In Motion’s BlackBerry has declined, dropping 7 percent.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik