[citation][nom]pacomac[/nom]Don't forget this is market share of all phones and not just smartphones, which is why Apple are in third place. To put things into perspective Apple currently had 51% of the US smartphone market sales last quarter.[/citation]
[citation][nom]ericburnby[/nom]Exactly. Yet some idiot still down voted you for telling the truth and stating facts. Pathetic.[/citation]
[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]Never let facts get in the way of a good story, seems to be the law round here[/citation]
Fact taken out of its context and used the way "pacomac" does is called lie. Here is why:
1. This number is statistical number derived from single dataset and none of you really point to the source. I have seen this number toast around many times and usually refers to latest report (for December) from "Kantar Worldpanel ComTech" panel.
2. Once you know the source you should look how data is collected. Kantar is using panel of 20000 people. From those 20000 people only about 10% (on average) of them actually bought a phone. The rest of them only expressed intent to buy a phone. Just because someone said that they will buy iPhone doesn't mean they will buy an iPhone when they go to the store and see better phones from Samsung, LG and many others.
3. And finally this 51.2% should be put into prospective a bit. In November the same source (Kantar)  reported that Apple had 53.3% market share in US. In other words, Apple lost 2.1% in one month. I don't see why fanboys get so exceeded about this data point.