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iPhone 6S, Samsung Sales Drive Q3 Smartphone Market: IDC
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mak63
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mak63,
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10/29/2015 | 9:02:51 PM
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"I hope all goes well for MS"

Competition is good. Hopefully soon enough, Windows Phone can catch up and surpass Android and iPhone.
jnskm
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10/29/2015 | 8:02:36 PM
Replacement Cycle Shrinking
The replacement cycle for smartphones is shrinking. In the U.S. most if not all carriers are moving toward leasing models where you get to upgrade your phone every year or more often; you'll have to return your old phone though. Just a few years ago most smartphone subscribers were on two-year plans and upgraded to a new phone when the two years were up.

Apple makes enough meaningful improvements to its iPhone every year that a lot of iPhone users will upgrade. Apple also has a program where you can upgrade every year. This also means sales will increase -- close to double?

Will the pace of smartphone updates get faster? I am not sure. Developers need time to create and then fine tune apps to take advantage of the new features. If hardware development outpace software development too much there will be a dearth of good apps to use on shiny new smartphones. Of course software developers will find ways to more rapidly build apps too. I think the smartphone industry will continue innovating at a rapid pace and for sales for the top brands to continue to grow, and for some time to come.
SunitaT0
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10/29/2015 | 3:59:01 PM
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Samsung should stop making such beautiful phones and give others a chance. The flagship Lumia is around the corner as well. I hope all goes well for MS.
SunitaT0
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10/29/2015 | 3:57:25 PM
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@mak: I don't think smartphone would ever be saturated in the market. Like. I had a Galaxy S5 which was working perfectly well but when the S6 was released I just had to get my hands on the beautiful beast. Most people are like that. They get swayed by flagships.
mak63
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mak63,
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10/28/2015 | 9:33:58 PM
Unlock that
"the number of unlocked and off-contract offerings has increased significantly, and that situation is slowly starting to resonate with consumers."
It's about time, if you ask me.
Anyways, I'd like to comment that my eldest sister got one of those Grand Prime in a so called emerging markets. She's as happy as can be,
Am I correct to estimate that we are at roughly 1 billion devices a year? So, how long it'd take to saturate the market? Are the smartphones in the same down hill road as the tablets? Unlikely for several years, right?


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