Carrier Data Confirms It: Half Of US Now Owns A Smartphone

For the first time, more people in the US own a smartphone than a regular talk and text devices, according to a new report from Chetan Sharma Consulting. Smartphone penetration exceeded 50 per cent in the second quarter, making the feature phone a shrinking minority among US mobile users.

A Nielsen study found in May reached similar conclusions, revealing that 50.4 per cent of US subscribers surveyed owned a smartphone, up from a mere 18 per cent in 2009. But while Nielsen’s number are based on polling data, Sharma’s come from the operators’ quarterly reports.

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