In less than three months the iPhone 5 has been available, Apple has laid claim to more than 26 percent of the LTE device market.  While rival Samsung still is the LTE leader, its position fell by nearly 11 percent following the iPhone 5’s September 21 launch, researchers say.

Smartphones from by Apple and Samsung are leading an explosion in LTE use. While 2011 ended with nine million 4G subscriptions, 2012 will exit with fifty million LTE users, according to Strategy Analytics. Asia appears to be a hotspot for LTE use, the research firm noted…

According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency (via The Next Web), Samsung was not the only South Korean LTE handset maker hurt by Apple’s entry into the 4G market. LG, maker of the Optimus G handset, saw its share of the market fall to 9.1 percent, a drop from 15 percent.

Meanwhile, Android-backer Google trimmed Motorola’s presence in South Korea and elsewhere, a move that slashed its share of the LTE device market plummet to 6.7 percent, down from 15 percent.

Apple was hesitant to enter the LTE marketplace. In 2011, when the iPhone 4S was released, the Cupertino, California firm explained it was still working on an LTE technology which did not drain the iPhone’s battery.

This week, one analyst said the iPhone 6 will feature a stronger battery, along with an HD camera and display. Recently, some international carrier partners said Apple first ran its own tests of  LTE networks before approving iPhone sales.

Are you on an LTE network via your iPhone 5?

Was LTE a game-changer for you?

  • Falk M.

    I have LTE turned off, because it’s just a power sucker to me right now.
    There are some viable applications for it, but whenever I use mobile data I’m on the rails (LTE is not available anyways) or in the city where I don’t care whether the page loads with less latency, because I’m likely to have to keep an eye on my surroundings either way.

    I do appreciate that my iPhone does have LTE though in a “good to know it’s there when you need it” sense.

  • We have pretty much reached the tangent of the growth curve for smart phones (and almost tablets). Once Apple starts providing a really solid battery packed inside iPhones the only place to really go is with bigger numbers; ie, more RAM and faster processors. I’m looking forward to upgrading next October! The iPhone 5 is everything that I hoped the iPhone 4S would be. While my 4S is pretty sweet, I really want to get my hands on a cell phone with LTE and a great battery.

    • 4S is the perfect iphone4…. The 5 is a new beast that has more than enough speed…… battery can always get better but what i want to see is a new and improved redesigned IOS UI with more eye candy and cool features that take advantage of all the power in these phones..

  • I’m with EE in the UK and while their 4G is wicked fast I have to say the coverage is kinda spotty. For example while in Edinburgh today I had to airplane mode my phone 2/3 times before my iPhone 5 picked up the LTE signal. It’s worse in Glasgow, last week my iPhone didn’t pick up the 4G signal at all while in the center of Glasgow.

  • LTE is fast as hell…but i would only turn it on when i needed that super speed regular 4G works fine for most casual applications

  • Guest

    Can I ask, how fast the LTE or regular 4G is in the US?

  • Antsa

    How fast the LTE or the regular 4G network is in the US? and how much you pay for it?

    • On Verizon in NYC is less than .5 mb up and 1mb up. Sucks big time. Looking to move to AT&T. Verizon is amazon in other cities but in this part of manhattan is horrible so is basically an iPhone 4S.

      • Antsa

        wow, that really sucks.. I get 21mb down and 4mb up with 3G(yes, three) in Finland.