Smartphone Ownership Growth in USA

Smartphone ownership has increased by over 30 percentage points in three years. A recent study on smartphone ownership among Americans reveals the growth over the years. Here is the percent Americans who owned smartphones during these different periods

Oct 2006 : 15%
Jan 2007 : 16%
Apr 2007 : 17%
Jul 2007 : 20%
Oct 2007 : 21%
Jan 2008 : 22%
Mar 2008 : 23%
Jun 2008 : 27%
Sep 2008 : 32%
Dec 2008 : 32%
Mar 2009 : 34%
Jun 2009 : 37%
Sep 2009 : 39%
Dec 2009 : 42%

6 thoughts on “Smartphone Ownership Growth in USA”

    1. Hello Mr. Malick

      Well, in my opinion, smartphone market in India is yet to pick up. In an article I had posted recently (click here), there are only 2 million active mobile internet users in India. A safe bet would be to assume that smartphone users are a subset of this group – which means a tiny fraction compared to the over 500 million mobile subscribers.

      You can also check out this article; a little outdated though:

  1. Hi Anand,

    What is the definition of smartphone anyways?

    Do you consider the sub $100 (without contract) full QWERTY china-made “Nexian” phone that browse internet, only 2G/EDGE, runs Java, email, chat, a smartphone.

    If so, how come there are such low report of sales worldwide? Our corner of the world (Indonesia) sold easily 3-4 million of these in 2009 and may even get as high as 10 million in 2010.


    1. Hi Donald,

      Great question and I believe there is no one line answer for that. I believe a smartphone is anything that runs on an operating system and can do all that you have mentioned. When Blackberry came about, it was considered a business phone. But after iPhone and the like, now we tend to agree that BB is a smartphone.

      So, as a matter of fact, now the list of smartphones comprises of all those handsets that the manufacturers claim is a smartphone. As for Nexian, though it apparently does all of the activities of a standard smartphone, if the manufacturer has not cared to brand it a smartphone, then probably it does not make the cut.

      Put it simply, I just believe the very terms like smartphone or superphone (the Google Nexus One) are marketing gimmicks.

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