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If you live in the U.S. and own a mobile phone, it’s most likely an iPhone, according to a new study conducted by Nielsen. From January through October of this year, Apple’s little wonder device was the most popular phone in the country.

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If you live in the U.S. and own a mobile phone, it’s most likely an iPhone, according to a new study conducted by Nielsen. From January through October of this year, Apple’s little wonder device was the most popular phone in the country.

It beat the BlackBerry 8300 (Curve), which came in at No. 2. BlackBerry’s cumulative share still exceeds the iPhone’s, however, as the touchscreen Storm and entry-level Pearl also placed quite high on the list. Coming in at No. 3 was Motorola’s RAZR V3, despite its considerable age and lack of smartphone features.

By the numbers, the iPhone 3G took 4 percent of cell-phone ownership in the U.S. (it’s unclear how previous models and the 3GS fit into this breakdown), while the Curve had 3.7 percent. The gap was wider between the second- and third-place finishers, with the RAZR taking only 2.3 percent. Meanwhile LG had a strong showing, with four handsets appearing in the top 10, and a cumulative market share of 6.4 percent.

As to web activity on cell phones, Google topped the list of sites accessed via a mobile device, and competitor Yahoo came in second with its Yahoo Mail site. Gmail came in third, and YouTube won out in terms of destinations for mobile video, making it a very solid year for Google in terms of the mobile web.

Notably, no Android devices made the top 10 list of popular devices, but Motorola’s Droid arrived late to the game. Expect to see it, or possibly the Nexus One, somewhere on this list in 2010.

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  1. > By the numbers, the iPhone 3G took 4 percent of cell-phone
    > ownership in the U.S. (it’s unclear how previous models and
    > the 3GS fit into this breakdown)

    “It’s unclear”? Oh, please. Face it: Nielsen screwed up.

    Their ‘survey’ combines Apple’s two 3G models into a single group. (Or do you seriously believe the 3GS finished behind the LG Vu?) And it’s a fair bet they tossed in the iPhone 2G models, as well.

    Meanwhile, they’ve split up the competing models into much smaller segments. In short, the results are slightly less than useful.

  2. We are told that:
    “If you live in the U.S. and own a mobile phone, it’s most likely an iPhone”.

    This is PATENTLY FALSE according to the table which says only 4% of mobile phones are iPhones.

    There is only 1 chance in 25 that any given mobile phone owner has an iPhone.

    Fun with statistics,
    Michael

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  6. I love my iPhone and dedicate my blog to Mac and iPhone. I also see iPhone’s on the streets used by other users but I have to say I see more Blackberrys. Hard to believe the stats. I hope I can convince more of my friends that the iPhone is next best invention since slice bread.

  7. Not quite true. Combine numbers two through ten–most users actually have something other than an iPhone.

    Even so, Apple has a large stake for generally having one product versus several different make and models from other manufacturers.

  8. Of those in the top 10, how many run WinMo?

  9. I need to get out of the stone age and get one of these. I can’t beleive the stuff you can do with your phone these days.

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    The iPhone is the best mobile phone I’ve ever had. I’ve been using it since the 2G which I traded for a HTC Touch Diamond.

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