iPhone 5 accounts for one-third of smartphone activations in Canada

Apple Inc. can hardly avoid scrutiny as the most valuable corporation in the world, so it’s no surprise the iPhone 5 received some mocking following its unveiling by CEO Tim Cook.

Critics were quick to joke the phone was not much different aside from a slightly taller screen size and slimmer profile. The iOS 6 Maps app was also the butt of many jokes, including a scathing Tumbler blog, that poked fun at the strange 3D representation of some geographic regions and the lack of directions support. But that didn’t stop the iPhone 5 from setting sales records by moving 5 million units in the opening weekend. Now further research from Vancouver-based iQmetrix reinforces that the maligned smartphone is performing well in the market. (Scroll down to see the infographic).

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Between its Sept. 21 launch and Oct. 7, the iPhone 5 accounted for 20 per cent of all smartphones activated in North America, according to an iQmetrix survey of almost 7,000 wireless retailers. The data is collected from its RQ4 Retail Mangement Software that is used to process handset transactions.

Canadians were particularly enthusiastic about the iPhone 5. The new gadget accounted for nearly one-third of all smartphone sales in Canada over those 11 days.

Apple’s iOS took the lead among smartphone operating systems during this period, with all models of iPhone claiming 56.7 per cent of phones sold. Over the same period in 2011, iPhones took just 16.6 per cent of smartphone sales.

The surge in sales bumped Android from its throne to second place with 40.9 per cent of all phones sold in North America. That’s compared to 71.1 per cent of sales for the same period in 2011.

Source | iQmetrix

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