LTE smartphones are all the rage these days, and Apple only has one: the iPhone 5. That hasn’t stopped Apple from quickly gobbling up nearly 30% of the global LTE market, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.
While Android handset makers have been churning out LTE devices left and right in recent months, Apple accounts for 26.7% of all LTE devices in use around the world—and that’s with only the iPhone 5, Retina iPad, and iPad mini.
Strategy Analytics doesn’t note whether it is including the iPad in its LTE data, but the percentage is impressive nonetheless. Google’s Motorola has been pimping LTE hard this year, but the Android maker’s LTE market share fell from 15% in 2011 to 6.7% in 2012. LG only owns 9.1%. Samsung is the dominant player with 40% of LTE devices in use globally.
According to Strategy Analytics, LTE device subscriptions have surged from around 9 million in 2011 to a staggering 50 million in 2012. LTE is definitely the future, and it looks like Apple hopped on at the right time.
Apple tests carriers before it agrees to sell its products on any given LTE network. This unprecedented practice assures quality control and the best overall experience for Apple’s customers.