In a survey conducted by research firm comScore, Apple’s iPhone is now in second place when it comes to having the largest user base in the U.S. smartphone market.
Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry still takes the top spot while Windows Mobile-based models came in the third place.
According to Mark Donovan, a comScore senior analyst, Apple’s iPhone are being used by almost 9 million Americans as their primary phone. RIM’s Blackberry have almost 6 million greater user base with 15 million Americans saying RIM is their primary handset maker. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile are being used by an estimated 7.1 million people in the U.S.
“The surveys aren’t a measurement of sales velocity in the last quarter, but of the installed base using the phone as their primary,” said Donovan, acknowledging that the iPhone has been outselling Windows Mobile phones for some time.
“But there has been a large installed base of Windows Mobile phones out there, which accounts for its strength until recently.”
According to comScore’s result however, more and more people are leaning toward purchasing iPhones (20%) and Google Android-based phones (17% – 8% of that said they’re buying Verizon’s Droid) in the next 90 days.
“There’s some serious momentum behind Android,” Donovan said. “The iPhone and Android have set the bar at a new high for smartphones.”