by Joe White
October 7, 2013
Apple's iPhone 5s handset is now the No. 1 smartphone with all four of the major U.S. carriers, and what's more, the iPhone 5c isn't doing too bad, either. Having overtaken the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S4, the seventh-generation iPhone 5s is the most popular handset at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile stores, all of which started selling the smartphone on Sept. 20. Though the news isn't surprising (iPhone 5s sales are known to have been incredibly strong, remember?), perhaps what is more interesting is the popularity of the iPhone 5c. The news comes from Canaccord and reached us from Fortune, who explains that Apple's colorful smartphone is presently the second most popular handset for both AT&T and Sprint. For Verizon and T-Mobile, however, it takes the No. 3 spot, after Samsung's flagship smartphone. The iPhone 5c came under a degree of criticism following its launch, due mainly to the pricing of the handset. Leading up to Apple's iPhone media event, analysis had indicated that the iPhone 5c was to be a "low-cost" smartphone that would do particularly well overseas, in developing nations such as China and India. As such, the confirmed price of the iPhone 5c came under fire. Since, retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, and Radio Shack have reduced the price of the smartphone, while Apple has attempted to draw attention to color - rather than price - in a recent iPhone 5c billboard campaign. It seems, though, that despite initial concerns, consumers are nevertheless purchasing a lot of iPhone 5c handsets. In fact, Canaccord claims that the only reason the Galaxy S4 took the No. 2 spot with Verizon and T-Mobile is due to a clever price reduction initiated by Samsung in June. This, the research explains,
combined with Samsung's aggressive marketing and effective advertising campaign for its existing and new high-tier smartphones, such as the recently-launched Galaxy Note 3, could potentially help Samsung reduce high-tier smartphone share losses to Apple in October despite the strong iPhone 5s and 5c demand.Apple hasn't released sales figures for individual iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets, so analysts are left guessing the exact sales numbers for each model. Have you purchased an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? See also: Apple's "iWatch" Could Add $1 Billion In Profits During The First Year Of Release, Shelf Control: In Honor Of The Anniversary Of Poe's Death, Get iPoe For Free Today, and Adventures For iPhone Updated With Improved Evernote Syncing And More.