The NPD Group: 4G phones grew to include more than one third of the smartphone market in 2011

March 16th, 2012

Port Washington, NY (PRWEB) 13 March 2012

According to the NPD Group, a market research company, the fourth generation (4G) smartphone market grew by 6 percent in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2010 to 35 percent in the 4th Quarter of 2011. The 4G network is most popular smartphone HSPA +, with 22 percent of smartphone sales. The only 4G network AT & T offered until 2011 and remains the only 4G technology, the T-Mobile, HSPA + offers, received a boost in Q4, it was the only 4G technology from the iPhone supports popular 4S.


One year after Verizon’s launch of the first commercial LTE network construction, accounted for 7 percent of the LTE mobile smartphone market, but consumers show a strong association between LTE and 4G. More than a quarter (26 percent) of consumers who bought the phones more precisely LTE 4G technology in 2011, compared with only 9 percent of all buyers of smartphones.

? Has HSPA +, which combines high performance with energy efficiency practices, an attractive upgrade option for 4G development of the company has improved GSM networks? Said Ross Rubin, director of Connected Intelligence for The NPD Group. ? With all the major U.S. committing to LTE as a 4G future, it is clear that the cellular network technology to determine the baseline for the next generation of advanced smartphones.

The share of smartphones support WiMAX, LTE launched by Sprint in the summer of 2009, alternative, ended the year by 6 percent market share after hitting a high of 10 percent in the third quarter of 2011. ? Based on the NPD Group, the monthly mobile phone tracking, mobile phones were best seller for each 4G technology in 2011:

? LTE: HTC Thunderbolt
? WiMax: HTC EVO
? HSPA +: The information on Apple iPhone 4S

this press release from Via phone and smartphone track, both on the activities of U.S. consumers over 18 years, reported that the purchase of a mobile phone or smartphone. NPD does not track corporate / enterprise mobile phone purchases.


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