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Apple IPhone Most Wanted U.S. Smartphone, Nielsen Says

Apple IPhone Is Most Desired Smartphone
Apple Inc. ’s iPhone is the most desired device among users shopping for smartphones, beating the BlackBerry and Google Inc.’s Android. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Apple Inc.’s iPhone is the most desired device among users shopping for smartphones, beating the BlackBerry and Google Inc.’s Android as consumers prepare for the holiday season, according to Nielsen Co.

In a survey of U.S. shoppers looking for a smartphone, 30 percent said they wanted to buy an iPhone, according to a Nielsen survey from August through October. Phones running Google’s Android software placed second with 28 percent.

Apple is battling increasing competition from Android, which became the most popular smartphone operating system among new buyers in the U.S. this year. To expand the iPhone’s availability, Apple plans to start selling the device at Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. wireless provider, next year, people familiar with the companies’ plans have said. AT&T Inc. is currently the only U.S. carrier offering the iPhone.

Android and Cupertino, California-based Apple are increasingly dominating the U.S. smartphone landscape, winning market share from other mobile-phone makers. About 13 percent of shoppers said they wanted a BlackBerry, from Research In Motion Ltd., and 6 percent were looking for a Microsoft Corp. Windows Mobile phones.

Almost a third of U.S. mobile subscribers had a smartphone at the end of October, Nielsen said. Of those, 27.9 percent owned an iPhone, 27.4 percent had a BlackBerry and 22.7 percent had an Android device.

Apple rose $5.25 to $316.40 in Nasdaq Stock Market trading at 4 p.m. New York time. The shares have climbed 50 percent this year. Google, based in Mountain View, California, rose $8.64 to $564.35 and RIM fell 1 cent to $61.82.

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