For the first time, Apple’s iPhone was the most popular phone in Japan during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a report from The Mainichi Daily News. Contributing to Apple’s impressive showing – 26.6% share – was the release of the iPhone 4S.
Fujitsu Ltd., which took over the mobile phone operations of Toshiba Corp., came second with an 18.3 percent share and Sharp Corp. ranked third with 15.7 percent.
Total shipments in Japan surged 15.2 percent from a year earlier to 10.65 million units, of which smartphones accounted for 64.7 percent.
For all of 2011, shipments climbed for the second straight year, rising 5.0 percent to 37.96 million units.