Smartphones finally starting to see majority share of usage over dumb phones among mobile goers

Those who own them can't imagine life without them.

But many mobile users still own "dumb" phones, despite the tremendous focus on smartphones on data plans in today's market.

According to stats from Nielsen, just 43% of all mobile users in the U.S. possess a smartphone. However, in certain demographics, smartphones are finally eclipsing dumb phones in usage.

Among those aged 25 to 34, 62% own a smartphone. And for those aged 18 to 24 and 35 to 44, more than half of users own a smartphone. Teenagers up to 17 actually lag far behind—likely due to the prohibitive cost of data plans—in smartphone usage, with just 38% owning one. The number is similar, 39%, for those aged 45 to 54. And of those aged 55-plus, just 30% use smartphones over dumb phones.

Android owns 43% of the U.S. market while the iPhone owns 28%. RIM claims just 18% while Microsoft has only been able to nab 7%. It's worth noting that Canada has a much higher usage of BlackBerrys than America, with less emphasis on Android and more on iPhone as well. However, the age demographics retain high accuracy when comparing to Canadians.

Image: Nielsen

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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