According to the recently published 'Japan Handset Vendor Market share by Operator in Q3 2014' under our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service, Apple cemented its no. 1 position at Softbank and KDDI, the Japanese second and third biggest operators, in Q3 2014 due to the influential demand of its newly-launched larger-sized iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and iPhone 6+ (5.5 inch). Meanwhile, at NTT Docomo, the biggest operator in Japan, Sony kept the no.1 position, mainly due to strong demand for Xperia Z2, Z1 and A2. Apple, no.2 at NTT Docomo, remained lackluster in July and August, but the launch of the new iPhones in September gained robust market traction at NTT Docomo, too, closing the gap between Sony.
The report, available to our paid clients, can be viewed at this link, and covers handset shipments and marketshare for 17 vendors across the big 3 operators in Japan during the third quarter of 2014.