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. Anand,

    Is there any smart phone percentage figures for India. I think smart phones are more useful when there is higher badnwidth like 3G. What is your valued opinion?


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      You can also check out this article; a little outdated though:

  2. 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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