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iQmetrix Releases Sales Stats for Most Popular Mobile Phones in North America [INFOGRAPHIC]

VANCOUVER, BC — June 9, 2014 — iQmetrix, the leading provider of retail management software for the North American wireless industry, today released statistics on the phones sold in North America (U.S. and Canada) in the past six months (December 2013-May 2014).

iQmetrix sampled data from 15,000 store locations across North America, identifying interesting trends for the most popular mobile phone manufacturers in a variety of cities, and also for North America as a whole.

Daily Dose of iQ: Can Apple Continue to Price iPhones at a Premium?

Smartphone prices over time - Source: Kleiner Perkins

Business Insider reported yesterday (May 28) on a Kleiner Perkins presentation that suggested Apple needs to drop its iPhone prices to follow the global smartphone pricing trend (see above photo).

Daily Dose of iQ: Study: T-Mobile Ousts Sprint as No. 3 Carrier in U.S.

OEM smartphone market share by carrier Q1 2014 - Source: Counterpoint Research.

New numbers released by Counterpoint Research yesterday (May 21) indicate that T-Mobile USA (along with MetroPCS) is now the third largest carrier in the U.S. based on smartphone sales volumes from the first quarter of 2014.

"Un-carrier strategy is surely working for the carrier attracting a wave of new smartphone subscribers," wrote Counterpoint's Neil Shah in a blog post about the findings.

Daily Dose of iQ: The Commoditization of Smartphones. What Does It Mean?

Cheap smartphones - Source: WIRED

"We’re rushing headlong into the era of cheap cell phones," wrote Mat Honan of WIRED on Friday (May 16). Honan argues that phones like the $129 Moto E or the $80 Alcatel OneTouch Evolve (pictured above) offer a wealth of specs and features without the intimidating price tag.

Budget smartphones aren't really budget phones anymore. And on the high end, consumers' expectations of new phones are so high now, it's hard to impress us with new devices and new features.

Daily Dose of iQ: Nokia to be Renamed 'Microsoft Mobile' on April 25

Microsoft's Nadella greets Nokia's Elop, Apr 2 - AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Ars Technica reported today the Nokia brand will be removed from its mobile device line in favor of "Microsoft Mobile' when the Microsoft acquisition is complete April 25.

"Nokia's Web and social media presence—which today primarily promotes its smartphones—will be managed by Microsoft for up to a year," wrote Ars Technica's Peter Bright.

iQmetrix Releases Sales Stats for Galaxy S5 Launch Weekend [INFOGRAPHIC]

VANCOUVER, BC – April 18, 2014 – iQmetrix, the leading provider of retail management software for the North American wireless industry, today released sales statistics from the new Samsung Galaxy S5's launch weekend (Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13).

Nokia Lumia 1020: A Great (Camera) Phone

At a Glance

Look and Feel With its solid polycarbonate unibody casing, the Lumia 1020 feels sturdy, but its camera bulge can be awkward.

Defining Features Camera, camera, camera. 41 megapixels. No other smartphone camera compares to its options and performance.

Core Functionality The best performing Windows Phone to date. Did we mention the incredible camera?

Recommended For Shutterbugs, Android and iOS eschewers, business users.

Daily Dose of iQ: New Figures for Smartphone, Smartwatch Market Share

comScore today released U.S. smartphone subscriber market share figures from January 2014, indicating Apple is the most popular smartphone maker in the U.S., with 41.6% of total market share.

Samsung was no. 2, with 26.7% of the market. LG, Motorola and HTC rounded out the top five (see below image).

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