Canaccord Genuity recently did some digging into the top selling smartphone at each of the major U.S. carriers during the months of September, October and November, and found that the iPhone 5s took the top spot each month at every carrier. That’s not much of a surprise considering how new the phone is and that we’re now approaching the holidays, but what is surprising is that the iPhone 5c helped knock some other major phone makers out of the top 3.
During the month of November, the top three selling phones at AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, in order, were the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5c. “Before the iPhone 5s and 5c’s release, Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony, and Motorola all had handsets enjoying top-three seats at at least one of America’s big four carriers,” Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkey said. “Apple’s September announcement pushed all but Samsung out of the picture and relegated the South Korean conglomerate’s Galaxy S4 to the top runner-up position across the board.” Walkley said Apple’s performance outside of the U.S. is just as impressive.
It’s possible those other brands will make a comeback, especially as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c age and consumers gravitate toward newer devices from those makers, while Apple sits on the sidelines until its next iPhone launch, likely next fall.