Smartphones Becoming a Necessity

According to a report from Nielsen, 23% of U.S. mobile consumers owned a smartphone in the first quarter of 2010, up from 16% in the second quarter of 2009.  I don’t have any  stat on this for early 2000, but for sure I don’t remember any of my friends or colleagues  owned a smartphone back then compare to today. Slowly, but surely the smartphones are indeed becoming a must have thing to more and more people.

Research in Motion’s BlackBerry leads with a 35% market share, followed by Apple’s iPhone (28%); Microsoft  Windows Mobile (19%); Google  Android (9%); Palm (4%); Linux (3%); and Symbian (2%).


Nielsen notes that iPhone and Android market share each grew by 2% in the first quarter of 2010, while BlackBerry and Windows Mobile each lost 2%.

Among users, Nielsen found that 80% of iPhone owners said they want their next device to run the iPhone OS, compared with 70% of Android users who want another Android phone.

This compares to just 47% of BlackBerry owners who said they wanted another BlackBerry, and 34% of Windows Mobile users who planned to stick with the platform.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

2 Responses to Smartphones Becoming a Necessity

  1. David Oliver says:

    I’m a big believer in smartphones, but I’m starting to hear people say that a cheap phone with voice and text capability only, paired with an Apple iPad (3G) is a much more useful way to go (because you can stop carrying your laptop for most purposes). Now THAT would be a trend nobody predicted!

  2. SmartPhones is becoming trend of the day. We will see more and more dependency on them, as we move ahead. They could replace current Laptops, and Desktops. More and more applications (Such as AppStore apps or Ovi based) will be accessed and more products will be deployed on smartphones.

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