US Cell Phone Market Share

US Cell Phone Market Share

About the US Cell Phone Industry

A mobile phone or cellular phone is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls over a radio frequency link while the user is moving within a telephone service area. The radio frequency link establishes a connection to the switching systems of a mobile phone operator, which provides access to the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Modern mobile telephone services use a cellular network architecture and, therefore, mobile telephones are called cellular telephones or cell phones.

A handheld mobile radio telephone service was envisioned in the early stages of radio engineering. In 1917, Finnish inventor Eric Tigerstedt filed a patent for a "pocket-size folding telephone with a very thin carbon microphone". Early predecessors of cellular phones included analog radio communications from ships and trains. The development of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) large-scale integration (LSI) technology, information theory, and cellular networking led to the development of affordable mobile communications. The first handheld cellular mobile phone was demonstrated by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using a handset weighing 2 kilograms (4.4 lb). The first commercial automated cellular network (1G) analog was launched in Japan by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in 1979. Digital cellular networks appeared in the 1990s leading to the introduction of digital signal processing in wireless communications. In 1991, the second-generation (2G) digital cellular technology was launched and later evolved into 3G, 4G, and 5G.

There are different types of cell phones: 1) Feature phones, which are limited in capabilities such as voice calling and text messaging, and basic multimedia and Internet capabilities. 2) Smartphones, which have a number of distinguishing features, stronger hardware capabilities and extensive mobile operating systems, which facilitate wider software, internet, and multimedia functionality (including music, video, cameras, and gaming), alongside core phone functions such as voice calls and text messaging. The US cell phone market is mainly an operator-driven market. The main operators are Apple, Samsung, LG, and Lenovo, with 86% of the total US phone market share. You can find US Cell Phone Market Size, US Cell Phone Market Share, and other trends and statistics below and you can get help with additional US Cell PhoneA mobile phone or cellular phone is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls over a radio frequency link while the user is moving within a telephone service area. The radio frequency link establishes a connection to the switching systems of a mobile phone operator, which provides access to the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Modern mobile telephone services use a cellular network architecture and, therefore, mobile telephones are called cellular telephones or cell phones.

A handheld mobile radio telephone service was envisioned in the early stages of radio engineering. In 1917, Finnish inventor Eric Tigerstedt filed a patent for a "pocket-size folding telephone with a very thin carbon microphone". Early predecessors of cellular phones included analog radio communications from ships and trains. The development of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) large-scale integration (LSI) technology, information theory, and cellular networking led to the development of affordable mobile communications. The first handheld cellular mobile phone was demonstrated by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using a handset weighing 2 kilograms (4.4 lb). The first commercial automated cellular network (1G) analog was launched in Japan by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in 1979. Digital cellular networks appeared in the 1990s leading to the introduction of digital signal processing in wireless communications. In 1991, the second-generation (2G) digital cellular technology was launched and later evolved into 3G, 4G, and 5G.

There are different types of cell phones: 1) Feature phones, which are limited in capabilities such as voice calling and text messaging, and basic multimedia and Internet capabilities. 2) Smartphones, which have a number of distinguishing features, stronger hardware capabilities and extensive mobile operating systems, which facilitate wider software, internet, and multimedia functionality (including music, video, cameras, and gaming), alongside core phone functions such as voice calls and text messaging. The US cell phone market is mainly an operator-driven market. The main operators are Apple, Samsung, LG, and Lenovo, with 86% of the total US phone market share. You can find US Cell Phone Market Size, US Cell Phone Market Share, and other trends and statistics below and you can get help with additional US Cell Phone industry market research here.

US Mobile Phone Sales, (Unit Shipments), 2018-2023

US Cell Phone Market Size

The chart shows the US Cell Phone Market Size from 2018 to 2023. In 2019, the size of the US Cell Phone Industry was 159M and is projected to grow 2% in 2020. From 2018 to 2023 the US Cell Phone Industry growth is projected to average 1% per year. Almost 50% of US Cell Phone Market Share belongs to Apple. These estimates were made before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The short term impact of COVID-19 on the US Cell Phone market growth will likely be Beneficial because an increasing number of consumers, children, and employees stay indoors, doing their activities mainly online. The demand for new cell phones increases as electronic devices become an essential tool for the activities at home; but the supply may face difficulties, since factories are operating at a lower capacity. The long term impact of COVID-19 on the US Cell Phone market growth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be Medium because much of the supply chains for cell phones and other electronic devices are facing supply constraints as factories are operating at much lower capacity resulting in component shortages. The demand may face difficulties in the long term until production is restored completely. Request help with obtaining the source for this data and additional US Cell Phone industry market research here.

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US Smartphone Market Share, Unit Shipments, 2019
US Cell Phone Market Share

The chart shows US Cell Phone Market Share in 2019. The US Cell Phone Market is Concentrated among a few vendors. The leading Vendor in the US Cell Phone Industry was Apple with 49% market share in 2019, followed by Samsung with 20% US Cell Phone market share, LG with 9% US Cell Phone market share, Lenovo with 8%, and Others with 14%. In terms of mobile phone operating systems, Android market share is 51% vs 49% of iOS market share. Get help with market research for the US Cell Phone market, including the source for this US Cell Phone Market Share chart and other data here.

Growth Drivers

Cell Phone market growth is driven by technological developments related to improvements in technology, displays, features, and price affordability. The growth in the cell phone market is driven by innovations and improvements which generate demand for replacing old cell phones. These innovations and improvements are mainly related to the technical capabilities and features of the cell phones (smartphone capabilities, better displays, storage capacity, processing speed, memory, innovative and fashionable designs, comfortable sizes, wider screens, new functionalities, etc). The increasing affordability in terms of pricing also aids in the growth of cell phone sales.

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US Cell Phone Industry Competitor and Products

US Cell Phone is a Mature market composed of a few large competitors and many small competitors. Apple market share was 49% of the US Cell Phone market in 2019. Apple increased its US Cell Phone Market Share 7% YoY with the help of the new iPhone 11 series. iPhone market share was the largest in the US in Q419. The iPhone 11 was the best selling device for Apple during Q419. Samsung's market share was 20% of the market in 2019. Samsung declined 8% YoY despite the recent success of A series. There have been some 5G sales, but not enough for OEM to stem the decline in sales year over year. LG market share was 9% of the US Cell Phone market in 2019. LG declined 24% YoY as flagship sales faltered. The LG V50 was one of the first 5G devices on the market but is now facing tough competition from Samsung Note 10 5G. Lenovo market share was 8% of the US Cell Phone market in 2019. Lenovo expanded the brand some years ago with the acquisition of Motorola. Under the 2 brands (Lenovo and Motorola), Lenovo market share is one of the top 5 in the US.

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