Verizon Now The Dominant Android Player, T-Mobile In Second Place?

I suppose in hindsight I really shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was over the results of a recent study regarding Android usage. I would have thought that T-Mobile, as the originating Android carrier would have remained the dominant player in the game, but the handset is really the buying decision now, not the carrier. With that in mind, according to a recent study by Chitika Research, Verizon is now the dominant player in the Android game with 48% of the market, mostly due to the 33% control the Droid has on the device front. T-Mobile claims just 23% of the market with the G1 leading the way at 8.12% followed by the myTouch 3G at 6.34%. We should mention that the myTouch Slide does not appear to be a part of this study.

Personally, this is just disappointing and I would love to see T-Mobile raise its stake in the Android platform and give Verizon a true run for their money. With the Samsung Galaxy S around the corner for all the carriers, T-Mobile should fare well in particular as it will be the most powerful device in their lineup. Verizon will have a tougher time positioning the Galaxy against the upcoming Droid X and HTC Incredible.

There is little doubt T-Mobile needs to step up its game and in a big way if it plans on at least holding firm in the second spot in the US Android game.

Chitika Research

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  • Bigg

    Nexus one is the bomb!!! Even though I just sold it since I’m going to At&t next week, I bought another one for At&t, I just love it. Way better then the Incredible for sure.

    • Spencer

      I agree my nexus is a beast and has been reigning king of the smartphones for like six months which is forever in phone world! (writing this on my nexus one)

  • DannOfThurs

    @AndroidMafia on twitter last night summed this up too with a “<3 note" to TMO on Android dominance as well…it's great that we're all telling TMO how much we need'em to get their stuff together!

    ON that note…the LG systems coming onboard…a couple of changes here and there…HD2 coming out…think TMO is going to switch over to WinMo7 this year?

  • TheAnalyst

    These stats are no surprise to me. TMobile has been so focused on families, but are losing their “single” customer who are into high end tech gadgets.

    • rushmore

      What difference would MTS make? Tmo has not posted numbers yet, which suggests it has not exactly set the world on fire with sales.

      • D.C.

        That’s where you are wrong (rushmore) tmo has actually been having a hard time keeping the phones in stalk at the stores. I own one and its very great. Once tmo add these numbers in after the campaign and then is samsung galaxy coming and the project emerald don’t sleep on them now number doesn’t say anything . And families are the BIG number they are going for why ….cause they are the most loyal customers ,and don’t knock the slide it really isn’t mid range it competes with the high ends also in speed (snap would be nice but doesn’t need it ) but to think froyo will be here that makes this phone that much more valuable

    • alex

      true, but i love the mytouch franchise, but i wouldnt mind a my touch HSPA+ with,

      *New Sense UI(Expresso) you have the option to turn HTC Sense off
      *8mp/11mp camera
      *Android 2.2
      *1gh/1.5ghz/2ghz
      *Comes in white, red, and black
      *Loads of accessories
      *4.0 screen Super AMOLED screen with Atmel maXTOUCH sensors
      *Includes 8/16gb micro SD card expandable to 32gb
      *8g/16gb internal storage/32gb internal storage, people get to chose like iphone obviously the less memory it has the cheaper it is
      *Touch Sensitive track pad like the my touch slide
      *1st HSPA+ Device
      *3.5mm audio jack
      *Camera/video takes 720/1080p HD resolution
      *Xenon Flash
      *Camera in front 3mp/5mp
      *As slim as the Samsung Galaxy S
      *Pre-loaded with Flash 10.1
      *No qwerty keyboard, default on-screen keyboard is swype
      *My modes
      *Genius Button
      *Faves Gallery
      *9 customizable screens
      *Nice Flexible, good looking design appeals to teens/adults
      *Pre-installed with featured apps that are free/paid
      *Mini HDMI output
      *Has four hard key buttons, Menu, Genius Button, Back, and home
      *more features

      • rushmore

        I agree, the device should rock! :)

      • Anony Mouse

        definitely wouldnt mind an uber phone, but the multiple memory options are a little pointless. With apps2sd and other functionalities of the android OS, the iphone memory options are nothing more than a ploy. They do not offer expandable memory ….not because they cant…but because it is their way to control what you do on the phone. Everything is contained in the phone, so little risk of piracy and little and they get more money by people having to pay more for what…more memory? As if the extra little bit of memory really costs 100 bucks for the next step up. A 16gb memory card costs less than 50 bucks, they are triple charging their customers, or more, for so less. It is nothing more than a scheme to get money and do it in an underhanded way. Of course, it is apple, so you know your just getting screwed buying apple either way. Outdated OS, built in limits, extra cost for nothing, etc.

        Thats why I love android. you dont have to buy your phone based on the internal storage memory. You buy it based on the actual quality of the phone and then add memory as you need to.

      • Taylor

        You mean the Galaxy S?

      • Solidus433

        Arent the HD2 and the MT3G Slide both HSPA+ compatible phones? Wouldnt that then make the HD@ the first HSPA+ phone?

      • adam

        I don’t agree with swype as spanish writer, swype doesn’t do good in spanish just english. Please physical keyboard no virtual. Thank you! Everything you said your on point but u basicly discribing the htc incrediable

  • Ryan

    “but the handset is really the buying decision now, not the carrier.”

    Astute observation. If only Tmobile execs read your blog.

  • tony

    if there are any t-mobile personnel reading any of these comments id like you to know this. “YOU GUYS ARE DOING A HORRIBLE JOB” DOES T-MOBILE EXIST JUST SIMPLY TO EXIST, OR DO YOU HAVE ANY COMPETITIVE SPIRIT LEFT IN YOU? 90% OF ALL THE COMMENTS ABOVE ARE CURRENT T-MOBILE CUSTOMERS THAT ARE SICK AND TIRED OF MEDIOCRE, NO FRILLS BLAH PRODUCTS COMING FROM YOU. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO T-MOBILE WHEN WE ARE ALL FED UP HOPING AND WISHING UPON A STAR FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN AND WE JUMP SHIP BECAUSE I KNOW I AM AS SOON AS MY CONTRACT IS UP. IN FACT IM EVEN THINKING OF TAKING ON THE EARLY CANCELLATION FEE. IM A CONSUMER THAT WORKS HARD AND HAS A LITTLE POCKET CASH LEFT TO BUY SOMETHING NICE FOR MYSELF ONCE IN A WHILE. WHAT THE HECK DO YOU HAVE TO OFFER?…NADA ! MY QUESTION IS THIS, WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE? ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH BEING DEAD LAST IN THIS COMPETITIVE MARKET? ACTION IS LOUDER THAN WORDS AND YOUR INACTION SAYS ALL WE NEED TO KNOW. C-YA T-MOBILE ! IM GOING TO ANOTHER CARRIER THAT ACTUALLY HAS A PRODUCT I WANT TO BUY.

    • D.C.

      Tony you only spoke for 10% of the tmo population, and that’s the spec freaks man shut up you sound like pure ignorance yeah there phones are nice but have you ever asked yourself is the carrier great ,they have one super human but no army to back up there beautiful devices . Tmo doesn’t want the unloyalist anyway and while you are talking I bet you haven’t used the phone I own it so I know . You can kick rocks

      • saywhat

        10%?

        thats the old way of thinking, do you really think 17-18year olds, that would be opening up NEW lines, dont care about the phone specs?

        get a clue, people are far more intelligent now and they do in FACT understand what is at stake. I have the Mytouch Slide, after seeing the iphone4, and the Droid X….im seriously SERIOUSLY considering leaving, not because im not loyal…im a freaking employee….but because the droid X and iphone4 are BIG BOY phones, while everything in tmo´s lineup is for kids

  • rushmore

    I think the OP may be missing something in that people are leaving Tmo due to slow efforts in building a 3g network. They seem more interested in blowing money with celebrity ads, rather than upgrading their network quicker.

    • rushmore

      I suggest Tmo’s bleeding of higher end customers and lack of new ones is slow 3g expansion and lack of devices. Better devices will get them going in the right direction.

  • Anony Mouse

    @tony, dude calm down, and STOP USING CAPS BECAUSE IT IS RUDE AND NO ONE WANTS TO HAVE TO READ FOR POSTING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE YOU FEEL YOUR OPINION SUPERSEDES THEIRS.

    Have fun jumping ship, because this is a case of “the grass is always greener on the other side”. I Have been a customer AND EMPLOYEE of other carriers, and I will tell you this. They do not give a rats behind about their customers. It is all about the bottom line. Tmobile is actually different. Tmobile does care about its customers, which is why if you look at their focus, it is around family plans, around keeping people connected, etc and not just cramming some high end device down their throats and sending them on their way to deal with the high bills and cr*ppy service. Sprints policy is to say it wish a smile so that customers will swallow your poor service better (they make employees look into mirror attached to their monitors at their desks so they can be sure they smile). Verizon is about keeping the customer bound in so that they are prisoners (stacking contracts, higher etfs etc) and att idea is to “wow the customer” by throwing money at them so they will shut up and placate the customer into thinking things are resolved. After all, money solved everything right? Service and actually caring about your customers means nothing does it?

    I am sticking with tmobile. I guess because I have friends and family I like to connect with, and I want a service and device that helps me do that. Not just have some uber powered vanilla brand phone that has hidden problems that I cant actually use because I am in my moms basement writing hate mail.

    Yes, i am coming up a bit harsh here, but cmon tony….you want to type in all caps, then you can get yelled at back.

    • Green Robot

      And how’s that working out for them? Not very well judging by subscriber numbers is it?

  • Scritz McGritz

    Is the FCC still looking into Verizon’s $350 ETF fees. Just wanted to know.

  • HaVoKTEK

    Umm Still want a high end device for the geek in me, and no I’m not switchin’ to get it!

  • ejay

    Well of course t mobile has little kid androids and verizon has the entire range of devices. they need some real devices and for the love of god get a better marketing team.

  • jayy336

    This is really NOT surprising at all. Look at Verizon’s Android line up and then look at T-Mobile’s. I’m pretty sure most everyone would agree that Verizon has the best Android phones, especially with the Droid 2 and Droid X coming up soon. I really like T-Mobile, they’re a pretty good carrier, but they need to step it up with the Android handsets, or phones period. They can’t expect to hit #3 with such a mediocre phone selection.

  • MAXIMUS

    T-Mobile is giving away free phones this weekend. It’s the most aggressive marketing campaign ever!!!! No seriously…it is.

    Rumor has it it was called the ‘Whack Project’ – I kid. But it could be because they need to offload the massive ‘quantity’ of Android devices stuck in their warehouses.

  • big aaron

    I switched from at&t when the G1 came out and I’m happy I switched. I’m not really a gadget guy so I can’t throw out phone model names and say A is better than B, nor do I really care. I’ve upgraded from the G1 to the cliq and I love my phone. It does more than I’ll ever need it to do and tmobile is tuned into their customers needs more than sprint or at&t ever were; at least in my experiences.

    • Anony Mouse

      Im glad you have had a good experience with tmobile. Many people tend to think of a phone carrier as nothing more than the device in the pocket. Well…the way it is right now…the more of a device you put in your pocket, the less money you have. Not because of device cost, but monthly cost and service cost. At least the customers will have more room for the phone in their pocket because they wont be using that room for any money. Its like going with tmobile and spending 50 bucks to have a camaro to drive on the open highway….or going to another company and spending 100 bucks a month to have a ferrari to drive in rush hour new york traffic after a major accident. It doesnt matter how good your phone is, if your carrier sucks…its going to drag your phone down with it.

  • swilkers808

    If you take into account the “quality” of the Android handsets, then no. TMobile is, IMO at this time, pretty much last. They have no powerhouse Android phone. First to release the Android then to last place with the hardware. Let the negative comments begin.

    • Anony Mouse

      No negative comments here….at least not from me. I will agree that tmobile needs to keep the ball rolling, and compete with more high end devices. I just find it funny that no matter what tmobile does, people always find reason to complain. Tmobile could release a phone that does twice what any competitors phone does and people would complain about a million things on it. Tmobile does need to get at least a couple high end phones, but I do like tmobile stance on families and sticking together over the other carriers who just want your money and sell you something shiny so the customer will be placated.

      • 30014

        You just don’t get it do u? Being family focused hasn’t grown t-mobile’s subscriber. They lost customers last quarter or did you not know that? Companies either change with the times or they fail. If you think their current strategy is working then you are just as blind to what the majority of us want as the tmo execs are.

  • Wing-in It!

    Not surprised at all!
    I am still currently using the T-Mobile Wing that was purchased over 2 1/2 years ago and waited FOREVER for Edge to get me to this webpage to type this out with broken keys and all. I say this to say that T-Mobile has been good to me minus trying to upgrade me to ugly, cheap looking phones. I was due for a upgrade a year ago but the phone choices are not what I had hoped for them to be. I’m tired of being envious of my friends and family (especially my granny) with their high tech android phones then get laughed at when I whip out my wing to make a call.
    Patience is running real thin especially when I set my mind up to purchase the SGS day one then to be disappointed when I hear another company announcing their version of the SGS first.
    I just don’t know what to do or think anymore.

    • Wing-in It!

      Thanxs! I can do without the keyboard as I was able to message on a friends IPhone easily. My new phone must have a “WOW” factor and Verizon/Sprint all have a bunch a “WOWZERS” right now. Will TMobile ever catch up?

  • Anony Mouse

    Still using the wing? My friend is doing that too. I am trying to give him an android phone and he wants to stick with the wing. if it works then stick with it. I would recommend the slide to you, if you are used to a keyboard, but to each his own, and I hope you get a phone that makes you happy.

  • jESUS

    They might be dominant , but theyre going to follow AT&ts Steps On Removing Unlimited Data.

    • Anony Mouse

      Verizon…yeah…just another way to make money. While Tmobile is allowing people to tether, and have lower costing data plans for unlimited. Other companies are charging extras all around and limiting what used to somewhat decent about their service.

  • CA legaldude

    Probably not the perfect place to say this (since we are talking Android)but I know at least a dozen or so people that are running jailbroken iphones through Tmo. Some would love an Android phone if there was one worth getting – mabye the Galaxy S when it comes out. I rooted my G1 and have been a happy camper for a good long time. Time to get with it Tmo.

  • raymond

    tmobile claims it helps us stick togather right now i feel like the super glue is slowly loosing its grip

    at first i use to think this site was the only site with t mobile users complaining but its not -_- other sites are posting articles talking about the same thing -_-

    yet we get hints and code names -_-t mobile if you where my child i spank you right about now

  • bjfam83

    So glad I left t-mobile and got the evo. I’m going to miss the tmo fam

  • Doc

    Yeah. It seems like ole’ magenta has been getting it all over the web. Mostly, I think, from Android fans. I have been hammering them too. I realize that T-Mo is playing the “family stays together” ans that’s fine. But they also need to realize that there are customers of theirs that don’t care about family plans.

    I agree with what some people are saying, that it’s really about the phones now. I know coverage is important too but, where I’m at, the big three all have good coverage. I also think there are alot of people that have more than enough for their cell phone bill already built into their budget. And, as we move farther away from the “house phone”, they know they’re always going to have a cell. So for those people, like me, having a contract isn’t an issue and carrier is becoming less of an issue. We want great phones.

    I love T-Mo. I have been with them since ’99. My contract is up in March. They don’t need to come with bigger and better (though it would be nice), just keep up. In my opinion they’re 2 uber phones away. We think 1 is coming. Let’s hope for a second one soon after.

  • remixfa

    i used to work for VZW. They dont “stack” contracts. Right up until tmobile changed family plans to be eligible to upgrade every year, VZW was actually nicer to their customers in that respect. You get what you pay for. There are actual studies that show people think higher of their service because they pay more for it and will be willing to pay even more for enhancements. Thats why everyone goes to ATT and VZW. Its perception. Granted VZW actually has the best network, but ATT is among the worst. But since your paying an arm and a leg for it, you think its better than it is.

    Sad fact. Tmobiles customers actually bitch more (again, ive worked for Tmo and VZW) because the plans are cheaper so they “feel” like the service isnt up to snuff. Yea, people complain about pricing at VZW but they wont leave either unless its a last resort. Tmobile has like 300% more churn than VZW. I have full 3g service in my friends house with tmobile and he has VZW and its a dead zone.. yet he refuses to leave VZW cuz he thinks its “better”.
    Perception is king.

    That said, tmobile really needs to get off this “people dont want high end phones” bull. If the iphones and droids and evo’s havent proven that to them by now, they wont ever learn. The galaxy, even though its an uber phone, doesnt count as it will be on nearly all carriers. They need an IN STORE flagship phone.

    • Malcolm

      Great comment and well said.

      • TMOprophet

        agreed

  • Brian

    Verizon = first
    Sprint = Second (HTC EVO, Hero)
    TMO = 3rd

    Step it up, guys.

  • adam

    Brian I agree and sprint has 800 mph of samsung moment that got update 2.1 os with hero that make sprint second. Only thing tmobile has moto cliq,qt and mytouchslide that worth something to their lineup.

  • Mark

    I completely agree that that T-Mobile is in 3rd place in terms of handsets I would actually want to buy… only AT&T has worse Android selection.

    Sprint actually has really good Android selection in the Hero and Evo 4G. Hero beats out anything from T-mo other than they MyTouch Slide, and that’s debatable. And the Evo 4G beats anything T-Mobile has to offer, including the upcoming Galaxy S. And of course Verizon has fantastic selection in the Droid, HTC Incredible, and upcoming Droid 2 and Droid X.

    Also, T-Mobile’s continued support of Samsung is a pretty major turn off. The Behold 2 is a constant frustration to work with, and I will never own another product from that company…. so the Galaxy S is completely un-interesting to me.

  • JR

    Is this really a surprise? TMO was the first out the door and then fell asleep at the wheel. Just based off the sales of the G1 they should have at least half a dozen Android devices available by now.

  • Perry

    Been a long time customer, back to the voicestream days. Bottom line is most people stay with tmo for one of two reasons: the rates and the customer service which is the best in the industry. Whenever I call tmo’s cust service I am always amazed at how pleasant the experience is. But that being said tmo has to step up its game in the handset dept. A damn shame that the newest flashiest droid phone they come out with is just middle of the pack when compared to all the other droid phones out there. Really a shame when you consider tmo was the first to the android party and now we’re the last.

    handsets bring in customers. Sure some want cheap plans but the real $$ is in the sexy handset that has tons of features. Even on cost we’re dropping out of the race as sprint has the cheapest plan for talk, text and data in the industry.

    And all this talk about how tmo really cares about families yada yada yada is a buunch of bull. tmo is first and foremost a business, a business that is out to make $$ not “help” you connect or care about you. To think otherwise is pretty naive.

    I purchased a MY3G last November and am saddened that what I thought was a first class hi tech device is now relegated to the bottom tier of the android marketplace. Seems like every other carrier is coming out with better handsets and getting updates much faster than us.

    If tmo doesn’t get its act together then many more loyal customers will leave and go to other carriers. I myself have been contemplating switching to sprint due to better pricing and more cutting edge phones.

  • Alex

    This is not surprising at all, yes T-Mobile just release the My touch slider, but where are the power phones you can buy through T-Mobile. Yes there is the Nexus one that have to go through Google to get and your contact has to be complete up if you want the discounted model. T-Mobile needs a phone like the Legend or the Incredible with HSPA+, something for the Android fans to drool over. The touch slide I hate to say is not one of them. I just replaced my G1 with a Nexus One and it is awesome, yes I am aware that it may not be better that the Incredible but its a hell of a lot better than the G1.

  • Deadtime

    T mobile has decided it will only carry android phones that 16 year old girls want…sadly the folks who brought us the G1 now bring us such high end hits as the slide and the cliq….

    I left for the evo 4, never looked back.

    • Perry

      Sad but true Deadtime. The droid phones at tmo do indeed seem to be marketed more to the teenager than adults. The Evo, Nexus, droid and Incredible all seem to be targeted more to adults than tweens.

      On Sunday during all the hoopla with the father’s day sale I was at a sprint store playing with the Evo. When I compared it to my MT3G I was kind of depressed. A world of a difference in terms of performance and features. It was like comparing a toyota corolla to a lexus IS…night and day. :-(