THE SAMSUNG Galaxy S3 has had a negative impact on Apple's Iphone sales in the UK following its release in May, the Financial Times reports.
The report, which cites as yet unseen industry research, says that while the Iphone 4S remains the most popular handset in the UK with 20 per cent of the market, this percentage has fallen by five per cent since the release of the Galaxy S3.
According to an anonymous mobile operator, the Galaxy S3 has had a big impact on sales of the Iphone, accounting for close to 18 per cent of sales in the first week of June. The report adds that including sales of the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Note, Samsung accounts for around 30 per cent of the UK mobile market.
However, it might not just be the Samsung Galaxy S3 that is to blame. The FT says that Iphone 4S sales have also slowed as Apple fans begin to hold out for the next generation Iphone 5, which is expected to make its debut in September.
"In recent weeks, the popularity of the [Iphone] 4s has waned as the users of Apple's iPhone have begun to wait until the next phone hits the market," it explains. "There was a similar trend ahead of the launch of the [Iphone] 4s in October."
Neither Apple nor Samsung were available for comment at the time of writing. µ
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