Unlocked smartphones comprised 9% of total U.S. smartphone volumes in 2015

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, U.S. unlocked smartphones shipments grew 140% annually to hit a record 14.6 million units in 2015. BLU took the lead, capturing a share of 36% of the unlocked smartphone market in US last year.

Unlocked smartphones made up 9% of total smartphone volumes in the U.S. in 2015 and are the faster-growing segment in the US smartphone market today, says Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics.BLU shipped 5.2 million unlocked smartphones for the number one spot in the US in 2015, growing 160% annually from 2.0 million units in 2014. 

Apple also ramped up volumes quickly in the U.S. unlocked smartphone, market driven by the iPhone Upgrade Program launched in the third quarter of 2015. Strategy Analytics tracked 1.8 million unlocked iPhones sold in the US in 2015, up from 0.7 million units in 2014, growing 157% annually.”