According to data collected by Canaccord Genuity, the Apple iPhone line is the best-selling smartphone at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, the three largest network providers in the USA, and possibly outsells all other smartphones combined at those companies, reports AllThingsD.
The data from Canaccord Genuity examined the sales of individual handset models across the top four wireless network operators in the U.S. from December, 2011 to March, 2012. The iPhone line was the leader at all companies except T-Mobile USA, where it is not available. At AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, the iPhone 4S was the top model in every month between December to March.
"Our March checks indicated the iPhone continues to extend its market share gains," Mike Walkley, a Canaccord Genuity analyst wrote. "In fact, we believe iPhones are outselling all other smartphones combined at Sprint and AT&T and selling at roughly equal volume to all Android smartphones at Verizon."
InformationWeek notes that AT&T sells more than two dozen smartphone models, some of which have already seen successful sales numbers, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Selling more than those and 20 or so other models combined is an impressive statistic.
Apple itself accounted for 80% of the profits in the handset industry during the fourth quarter. Combined with Samsung, the two companies' profits accounted for 95% of the entire industry.
"Our global checks also indicated another quarter of strong market share gains for Samsung, particularly in Europe and Asia," Walkley wrote. "In fact, we believe Samsung's strong smartphone portfolio across all price tiers will result in Samsung's smartphone shipments increasing a remarkable 15%-plus sequentially during the seasonally weak March quarter."