Dumb-phones Still Rule The Cell Phone Roost

With all of the talk about smart-phones, most notably the Apple iPhone, we sometimes forget that the bulk of phone users use what are affectionately now called dumb-phones. The plain old cell phone that does little except to make a call or send text is used by the majority of the 234 million Americans over the age of 13 years old. According to a recent survey from comScore, RIM [Research In Motion] the maker of the Blackberry, accounts for only about 8.3% of the market. The Apple iPhones share is so small it is not even listed.

Here are the leading sellers of cell phones:

Top Mobile OEMs
3 Month Avg. Ending Mar. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Dec. 2009
Total U.S. Age 13+
Source: comScore MobiLens
Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers
Dec-09 Mar-10 Point Change
Total Mobile Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
Samsung 21.2% 21.9% 0.7
Motorola 23.5% 21.9% -1.6
LG 21.9% 21.8% -0.1
RIM 7.0% 8.3% 1.3
Nokia 9.2% 8.3% -0.9

So in a day an age of smart-phones that fill the daily news, it is good to know I am in good company with the majority of you who still use dumb-phones everyday. LOL

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