Majority of wireless phone users now buying smartphones

if you decided to make your next wireless phone one of the smartphone variety you are most definitely not alone. According to a new survey revealed today by Nielsen, 55 percent of people in the US who bought a new mobile phone in the last three months bought a smartphone. That's up from just 34 percent of buyers just a year ago. Overall, 38 percent of mobile phone owners in the US own a smartphone device.

As far as which smartphones are being bought, it's not a shock to learn that Android-based devices currently lead the pack with 38 percent followed Apple's iPhone with 27 percent, RIM's Blackberry with 21 percent, and Windows Mobile with 9 percent. However, Nielsen does note that while Android may be the leader in smartphone purchases, there has been a surge of people who have bought an iPhone in the last three months. While Android sales growth has flattened at 27 percent, the iPhone-iOS sales have jumped from 10 to 17 percent in the last three months.

While its clear that people are preferring to get some kind of smartphone as their next mobile phone purchase, it's going to be interesting to see which smartphones will sell well in the next 12 months. Apple's next generation iPhone is due out in September but there are also a flood of Android-based devices due for release as well. And of course we are waiting to see if Nokia's move to Windows Mobile 7 will work as advertised.

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Here's the situation from last Christmas time when I bought my last phone.

I went into the Verizon store and was greeted with an overwhelming presence of 'Droid' phones and a few Windows Mobile phones. The rest of the phones were either tucked away in the back and not on display unless you asked about them, or they were shuttered off into a dark corner of the store.

Last Christmas at least was a huge season of Smartphones I think for the long run at least with Verizon. If you go into your big box store, you will see more smartphones than standard phones as well including in the prepaid phone arena. When you do find a standard phone you will not see as big of a discount for those as you will for the smartphones.

In the long run, owning a smartphone does help the phone companies make money on the 'mandatory' data plans that you are forced to add on to your contract because they are internet aware devices and go out online to get your email, let you surf, play music etc from the cloud.

boumboqc said,
No way I will buy a smartphones.
I will stick with my Nokia 3250.

Besides the cost of a data package, do you have a reason?

Redz0ne said,

Ill keep my 3310


I have a nokia phone but i might go with smart phone. The reason is I have to pay $45 per month with no contract. if i get a smart phone its $45 +$15(data plan) for 2 year contract which equals $360 for phone and 2 year data. Lets say i get a $550 phone then its a win.

boumboqc said,
No way I will buy a smartphones.
I will stick with my Nokia 3250.
You are so extravagant. Land-line is just fine for me.

If you don't need or use the features then stick to a regular cell phone. I use email heavily and need something a little more than an email client that *tries* to convert all my emails into plain text. I also need to use the Internet from time-to-time as well as navigation so I have plenty of uses for a smartphone (save notes that sync with my PC, calendar that syncs with my PC, etc). If you don't need/want any of these features then there is no need for you to get a smartphone...

Obry said,
If you don't need or use the features then stick to a regular cell phone. I use email heavily and need something a little more than an email client that *tries* to convert all my emails into plain text. I also need to use the Internet from time-to-time as well as navigation so I have plenty of uses for a smartphone (save notes that sync with my PC, calendar that syncs with my PC, etc). If you don't need/want any of these features then there is no need for you to get a smartphone...

As far as upfront costs go, smartphones are no more expensive (in some cases, considerably less expensive) than feature (not-so-smart, formerly "dumb") phones. In fact, compare the prices of LG's feature phones (VZW) to their smartphones (most of which run Android) - the smartphone is anywhere from one-half to one-quarter the price of the feature phone (same-length contract); I noticed that when my Mom bought an LG feature phone (longtime VZW customer); even with New Every Two (still in effect for her at the time), she would have paid *less* for the LG Ally (in fact, one quarter the price) than the feature phone she chose. It's even more niggling due to her doing more texting/SMSing with her current feature phone (which has a physical keyboard) than her previous phone. (With most Android smartphones, when at home, you can text/SMS via Wi-fi and save data minutes because you're using your own router instead of VZW's network.) With some brands (Motorola in particular) you can hardly buy a feature phone without going PAYG or a second-tier or third-tier carrier (such as Tracfone).

PGHammer said,

As far as upfront costs go, smartphones are no more expensive (in some cases, considerably less expensive) than feature (not-so-smart, formerly "dumb") phones.

I am not an expert in this manner because I only use SIM free, Carriers free devices but I guess that a provider would push you to buy a smartphone because of the added costs in the plan.
Again just my thoughts.

While I currently am a Blackberry user myself, I do not REALLY see a need for it. I am not big into apps. Having the browser and net is handy once in a while but I usually just check it for sports scores or Facebook (useless)
All I am concerned with is a good phone plan with (a good signal obviously) free calls, alot of minutes etc, and unlimited texting. This is what makes a good cell phone to me. And is all I really need it for.

But the problem is that most of the phones that do this now a days are... well junk. Maybe because they are focusing so much on the smartphone market that these phones are being neglected now? Im actually considering going the way of Android but well.. I just dont know =\

I had a droid 2 phone, but got rid of it because I didn't want to be that connected to the world. Now I'm using a krzr k1m.

burnblue said,
You know no brand exists called "Windows Mobile 7" right?

Yeah but alot of people are still calling it that. When the first rumors were coming out about Windows Phone 7 they were calling it Windows Mobile 7.

BuddyHM17 said,

Yeah but alot of people are still calling it that. When the first rumors were coming out about Windows Phone 7 they were calling it Windows Mobile 7.


At least in a news article on a tech site they should get it right.

We're not, why pay for a data plan for internet access when I pay for it at home already? 80% of the internet usage that I do is not feasible on a phone.

Mainer82 said,
We're not, why pay for a data plan for internet access when I pay for it at home already? 80% of the internet usage that I do is not feasible on a phone.

I have a advertisement financed data plan, where I get up to 10 advertisement texts (actually its more like 1) per month and can use wireless internet for free.

i have a crappy voice plan, because i don't care about voice. it email, sms and web for me so a smartphone is perfect for my need. + i used the gps a lot of time and MAPS to find business phone number's on the stop. i travel in bus so it's a very good time killer

i dont like to talk on the phone, especially a mobile phone, i find it tedious and annoying. i mostly use my phone to use the web txt, and find stuff around me. i have a family plan though, i pay 250 a month for 4 phones, 2 smart, 2 reg. also i get tv,phone,internet, and a house phone for that much a month from verizon.

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