Samsung Outsells Apple in US But the iPhone 5 Still Leads at AT&T

According to a report made public recently by the investment research firm Canaccord Genuity, releasing Galaxy S4 helped Samsung outsell Apple in the U.S. for the first time since the iPhone 5 was launched, more than eight months ago. The company stated that it surveyed the retail stores of carriers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA and Sprint.

The latest carrier retail sales data was collected from wireless store surveys by Canaccord Genuity, and, without including sales of iPhones from Apple’s own retail stores, it emphasizes the fact that Apple’s iPhone 5 came in second place, the first one being occupied by Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which was the best-selling smartphone at Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile locations in May.

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However, although it appears that in May, Samsung’s Galaxy S4, unsurprisingly took the top spot at three of the four major U.S. carriers’ stores, Apple’s eight-month-old iPhone 5 still remained the most popular smartphone at AT&T retail.

It appears that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is the fastest selling Android smartphone of all time, the Korean manufacturer seeing overwhelming demand for this device. However, the fact that Samsung outsold Apple does not give credit only to Galaxy S4, because the company has also other popular devices such as Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 which are available at competitive prices contributing to Apple’s defeat.

According to the survey made by Canaccord Genuity, in May at AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile the HTC One came in the third place. However, at Verizon, the third place was occupied by Nokia’s Lumia 928. These two devices pushed out the popularity of the Galaxy Note II, which had lost the third-best-selling handset it had at most U.S. carriers over the last four months.

It can be said that Samsung figured out how to make good use of the months between iPhone upgrades, when the current iPhone is getting old, and its sales are slowing. Therefore, Galaxy S4 is the device that, in May, made Samsung the top smartphone vendor in the U.S. for the month and Apple occupied the second place while HTC finished in third and Nokia was the fourth.

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