What’s the most popular OS in America?

Over here it seems to be iOS and BlackBerry, with Android rising fast. What’s the deal in the US? Are they still Apple-mad?

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CTPAHHIK  May. 13, 2011 at 17:25

Naa, we still use dump phones. Have you seen what kind of charges we have for data? And you are required to have a data plan if you use a smart phone.

Mostly Apple - only they can afford it. iPhone plan is something like $95/month + tax.
BlackBerries for work.

JanSt / MOD  May. 16, 2011 at 16:38


it is probably impossible to actually say who rules where with what - regardless of all the nonsense 'analysts' and expert figures.
Every single bit of statistics concerning itself with the kind of figure you are looking for is fraught with some sort of bias or uses a methodology of limited, ahem, usefulness. They are often, e.g. based on ad-clicks. Now guess what: a recent 'study' shows according to ad-clickery the world's leading smartphone OS is...tataaa: Windows Phone 7. Other surveys/studies base their figures on browser usage. The problem there is:
Many people do not use their phone's browsers all that often. They entirely rely on 3rd party apps. Many browser also let you spoof another OS etc etc...
Then there are figures around that show 'sales' or 'shipping'... Well, that doesn't mean those phones are actually bought by endusers, does it?
Expansys UK are currently bargain dumping the LG Optimus 7 (WP7) at a ludicrous £215. Does that make it 'popular'?

I suppose CTPAHHIk is right: it'll be iOS and possibly Blackberry and then Android.

CTPAHHIK  May. 16, 2011 at 17:10

There is a $40 monthly charge in US for privilege of having a smart phone. Some networks are cheaper, others more expensive - overall with taxes it's $40 on average. There is no way to wiggle out of it unless you spoof IMEI on your phone.

JanSt / MOD  May. 16, 2011 at 19:03

That explains a lot. Thanks :)


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