Handset Country Share Tracker

A vital tracking tool for helping companies measure the success of competitors and partners in their local markets.

April 8, 2014 18:39 khyers

Global smartphone wholesale revenues grew 9% annually in Q4 2013. Apple and Samsung dominate the industry by both volume and value. LG came to the third place, increasing +38% YoY, driven by a greater mix of 3G and 4G models. Sony ranked at fourth place with very close revenue to LG.

This report provides quarterly global smartphone wholesale ASP, revenue and shipment metrics for 12 major OEMs across six major regions from Q1 2012 to Q4 2013. Historical global smartphone ASPs, revenues and shipments from Q1 2010 onward are also included. The report is a valuable tool for operators, component manufacturers, carmakers, financial analysts and other stakeholders who want to track smartphone pricing and the financial health of major vendors on a regional basis.  Our Handset Country Share Tracker service provides key insights into the trends and factors that drive revenues for handset vendors, operators and other global industry stakeholders.


March 5, 2014 15:27 khyers

Verizon on March 3rd announced that it had revamped its prepaid wireless plans to provide more flexibility for customers.  The new Allset offering creates a single base prepaid plan for $45 which provides unlimited voice, text messaging and 500 MB of data while giving customers a choice for additional data packages at three different price points:

  • 500 MB for $5 with 30-day expiration
  • 1 GB for $10 with 90-day expiration
  • 3 GB for $20 with 90-day expiration

While the new plans are straightforward and offer greater value than previous plans by allowing customers to carry over data purchased from one month to the next, they do not move the needle signficantly in the battle between the tier one operators to grow their prepaid customer bases.  For Verizon Wireless, this is by design. 

Verizon Wireless has alwasy positioned itself as, primarily, a higher-value postpaid carrier.  Prepaid is, and always has been, secondary for Verizon Wireless, which isn't willing to sacrafice profitability to chase prepaid volumes.  Its new Allset plans are more accessible to the prepaid market, but it is is clearly seeking to maintain a clear differentiation in value between its prepaid and postpaid offerings. Clearly the Allset plans have been designed to offer more choice to its prepaid customers while avoiding prepaid canibalization of its postpaid base.

Verizon Wireless' unique selling point (USP) has always been network coverage and quality (not price), something that it extended by being the first and fastest to nationwide LTE.  Now that AT&T has caught up in LTE and Sprint and T-Mobile are expanding their own LTE networks, that USP is under siege.  At the same time, value pricing has become steadily more important.  Verizon's Allset plans are a step in the right direction and will appeal to customers already leaning towards Verizon Wireless due to its perceived coverage and quality advantage, but as AT&T increases recognition of its own strength in this same area, and both it and T-Mobile leverage their Cricket and MetroPCS acquisitions, respectively, in prepaid, Verizon Wireless could see erosion of its base to competition.  From this standpoint, while Allset is a step in the right direction, Verizon Wireless will likely need to take additional steps in order to provide additional value to prepaid customers going forward.

Our Handset Country Share Tracker (HCST) service report USA Smartphone Vendor Marketshare by Operator: Q4 2013 provides marketshare and smartphone unit shipment data for smartphone vendors for each of the Tier 1 operators in the USA.  The report is a key tool for tracking current and historic performance for smartphone vendors by mobile operators in the US market.


March 3, 2014 08:39 woh

With almost all developed handset markets such as USA, France, Germany, Canada and South Korea suffering annual handset volume drop in Q4 2013, as identified in our recent report under HCST (Handset Country Share Tracker), Japan is almost the only country which grew annually in Q4 2013, mainly boosted by the explosive demand for Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C products, offered through all three local carriers including NTT Docomo. Apple dominated the Japanese handset market with an all-time high iPhone shipments.

Our Japan Handset Vendor Marketshare by Operator in Q4 2013 report, available to our paid clients, will give the readers how strong Apple was in Q4 2013 in Japanese handset market.


February 25, 2014 07:27 woh

According to a recently published handset and smartphone marketshare report for 15 countries in Q4 2013, released to clients through our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, Samsung and Apple are the only two vendors who seized the top spots across 15 major countries worldwide. Samsung captured the number one spot in most countries, including China, India and Brazil, while Apple ranked first in North America and Japan due to solid demand for the new iPhone 5s. In Japan, Apple captured a record share of all smartphones shipped during the quarter, crushing local vendors like Fujitsu and Panasonic and giant Samsung.


January 23, 2014 20:07 nmawston

Rumors continue to swirl that Sprint and T Mobile will soon merge their mobile operator businesses in the United States. If the merger goes ahead, our Country Share Tracker (CST) service finds "T Sprint Mobile" will instantly become the largest purchaser of smartphones in the huge United States market, leapfrogging longtime leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T. This will have major implications for key smartphone suppliers such as Apple, Samsung and Kyocera. More data and analysis of the US smartphone market by operator can be downloaded by clients in this published report.


January 3, 2014 19:23 nmawston

Global smartphone shipments grew +46% annually in Q3 2013. We estimate the top 10 families of models accounted for seven out of ten smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter. Samsung and Apple top the charts today, but LG's Optimus, Sony's Xperia and Huawei's Ascent series are quietly gaining traction.

This published report, available to clients of our Country Share Tracker (CST) service, tracks the world's best-selling smartphone families and models by shipment volumes from Q1 2011 to Q3 2013. The report is a valuable tool for component makers, car manufacturers, content suppliers, mobile operators, device vendors and other stakeholders who want to identify and measure the world's most-popular smartphones by dozens of models.


November 26, 2013 06:43 woh

Based on the diverse product portfolio strategy across multiple price-tiers and strong Galaxy brand image, Samsung captured number one position in handset and smartphone shipments ranking in almost all of 15 major countries globally during Q3 2013, but according to the recently published handset and smartphone market share reports for 15 countries in Q3 2013 under our handset country share tracker (HCST) service, which is available to our existing clients, Apple stopped Samsung from leading the handset and smartphone market in all 15 major countries with the success of its newly-launched iPhone 5S and 5C. The existing clients can look at the handset and smartphone shipments by vendors during Q3 2013 in 15 major countries such as the US, China, India, Japan and UK.


November 11, 2013 18:06 nmawston

According to our Country Share Tracker (CST) service -- in a newly published report called China Smartphone Vendor and OS Marketshare : Q3 2013 -- China smartphone shipments surged a huge +91% YoY to record levels in Q3 2013.

China maintained its position as the largest smartphone market worldwide since Q3 2011. Today, smartphone shipments account for 86% of total handset volumes in China, up from 59% one year ago.

Samsung remained in first place in China, while Lenovo and Coolpad maintained second and third positions.

Xiaomi was the star performer in Q3 2013, pushing into the top-5 list in China for the first time since Xiaomi began operations in 2011. Strong performances in e-commerce channels, and the launch of the more-affordable Hongmi phone, were the key drivers behind its surging volumes. More analysis on Xiaomi and China smartphones can be downloaded by clients here.



October 11, 2013 14:24 khyers

Strategy Analytics' Handset Country Share Tracker service reports Gemany handset vendor marketshare by operator for Q2 2013. The German handset market grew by 2% year-on-year in Q2 2013, reversing the declining trend of the previous two quarters. Among the vendors Samsung comfortably cemented its number one spot, but Apple experienced its customary seasonal dip in advance of the anticipated launch of new iPhones in Q3. This report tracks quarterly handset vendor market share at the four major German operators -- T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2 and E-Plus -- from Q1 2009 to Q1 2013. The report, available to clients, is an important tool for measuring the health of individual handset brands at the operator level.


October 8, 2013 18:41 khyers

Global handset industry revenues grew +24% annually in Q2 2013. Samsung maintained the world's number one spot by revenue. Samsung remained the No. 1 seller in terms of revenue in 5 regions, except North America. This report provides extensive analysis of quarterly global handset revenues, ASPs and shipment metrics for 8 major vendors from 2007 to Q2 2013. Global revenue-share, shipment-share and ASP tracking for top vendors across 6 regions are also included. The report is a vital tool for monitoring the financial health and handset pricing of leading brands such as Apple, Motorola and others across different regions.  The report, from Strategy Analytics' Handset Country Share Tracker service is available to clients and can be found here.