Report: Samsung Galaxy Note II off to strong start with T-Mobile

Summary:Thanks to earlier availability, T-Mobile grabbed the lead for the Samsung's Galaxy Note II based on initial Web traffic figures.


Samsung's Galaxy Note II is already off to a strong start based its initial Web traffic estimates after launching at the end of October, according to a new report from Chitika Insights, an online ad and data analytics firm.

Chitika's report examined the initial traffic generated by the Samsung Galaxy Note II, breaking it down by each U.S. carrier currently offering the smartphone-tablet hybrid device: T-Mobile USA, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular. (It is up for pre-order with AT&T and Verizon.)

Specifically, after launching in the United States on October 24, the Note II accounted for 0.33 percent of all of Samsung's smartphone web traffic within four days.

That's a very slim figure when you take the entire domestic smartphone market into account, but Chitika researchers asserted that's actually more notable than you might expect:

This is a strong start for the new smartphone as two major carriers are still waiting to release the device. Additionally, as we've seen previously, the larger screen size could increase the Web browsing habits of Galaxy Note users.

But note that the Android-based handheld debuted only with T-Mobile on October 24. Sprint followed a day later and U.S. Cellular just one more day after that.

That roadmap made a big difference for the nation's fourth largest wireless provider. Researchers highlighted T-Mobile is reaping dividends from it being the first to market with the new phone as the majority of Galaxy Note II traffic stems T-Mobile's unique variant of the device.

By October 28, T-Mobile accounted for 53 percent of all of the Web traffic coming from Note II devices, followed by Sprint with 42 percent and U.S. Cellular at 5 percent.

For reference, the Samsung Galaxy Note II starts at $299.99 with a two-year service agreement.

In related Samsung news, the Korean tech giant has confirmed that it has sold over 30 million units of the Galaxy S III smartphone worldwide within 157 days, or approximately five months.

Image via Chitika Insights

Topics: Samsung, Mobility, Smartphones, Tablets


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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