iPhone 4S tops carrier sales, but look out for Samsung

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iPhone 4S tops carrier sales, but look out for Samsung

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The iPhone 4S was the top selling smartphone at all three of its U.S. carriers last month, but Samsung kept nipping at Apple ‘s heels, according to investment firm Canaccord Genuity.

All three models of the iPhones 4S (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB) grabbed strong sales and a higher market share in the U.S. last month, with a little help from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But so did Samsung’s Galaxy S II.

Samsung’s latest smartphone was the top seller at T-Mobile and the second best-selling smartphone at both AT&T and Sprint. The Galaxy S II is offered by all the U.S. carriers except Verizon Wireless.

Sales of the iPhone 4S weren’t as strong at Verizon as they were at AT&T and Sprint in November, says analyst Michael Walkley, citing two reasons why.

Verizon kept pushing its new LTE smartphone plan offering two times the amount of data under the same price structure. And Verizon customers who bought the iPhone 4 last year were stuck in the middle of their two-year contracts. Still, the new iPhone managed to beat the Galaxy S II to the top of Verizon’s charts.

But Samsung’s upcoming Nexus phone is expected to make a further dent in the market. Motorola’s Droid RAZR was Verizon’s top selling LTE Android smartphone over the past two weeks. But Walkley expects the Nexus to bite into Motorol… [Read more]

iPhone 4S tops carrier sales, but look out for Samsung

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