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U.S. Mobile Phone and Smartphone Installed Base Forecast, 2018–2022

U.S. Mobile Phone and Smartphone Installed Base Forecast, 2018–2022

This IDC study analyzes the installed base of smartphone users in the United States by operating system (OS). It combines IDC's extensive knowledge of smartphones, smartphone users, subscribers, subscriber growth, and challenges and opportunities for different operating systems. Findings in this document are based on information gathered from primary and secondary sources during the past six months."Smartphone penetration among U.S. mobile phone subscribers continues to climb toward a saturation point as the value proposition of feature phones declines and smartphone prices become more attainable through financing and trade-in programs," says Jason Leigh, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobility team. "To maintain and grow revenue, phone manufacturers and mobile network operators must now pivot from encouraging smartphone adoption to incentivizing device upgrades, through additional financing programs, creative device/service/hardware bundles, and investing in the development of new use cases that will transform subscribers' relationship with their devices."


IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Financing and Trade-In Will Grow the High End
Market Forecast
Forecast and Assumptions
Smartphone Forecast by Operating System
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Drivers
5G Handsets
Refurbished Devices
Inhibitors
Market Saturation
Refresh Cycle and Upgrade Cycle Are Lengthening
Significant Market Developments
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
Feature Phone
Smartphone
Methodology
Primary Data Sources
Secondary Data Sources
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker
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